GIRLS D-2 SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS: at Zane Trace
Washington CH 60, Circleville 58 (Double OT)
The Blue Lions’ Carleigh Chaffins hit the winning shot at the buzzer in the 2nd overtime and the Washington Court House Lady Lions (12-10) advanced to the sectional finals this Saturday after a come from behind win at Zane Trace High School.
Washington trailing by seven points (43-36) with 3:40 left in the contest went on an 8-3 run to force the first overtime after a 46-46 tie at the end of regulation. Emily Bath scored the last 4 points of regulation and had 15 of her 22 points during the first four quarters of action. She finished 6 of 9 from the free throw line.
Earlier Circleville had a 9-7 first quarter lead and expanded it to 22-14 at the half. But the Lady Lions tightened up their defense & outscored Circleville 17-11 and pulled to within two points (33-31) after three quarters.
Both teams had ample opportunities to win the contest from the charity line especially in the 4th period and overtimes as Circleville finished the contest unofficially 19 of 35 (54%) while Washington CH was 17 of 29 (58.6%).
Besides Bath 22 points, Chaffins added 12 points for the Lady Lions. The Lady Lions have now played extra period games in three of their last four games going 2-1.
Circleville was led by Rebekah Branham with 20 points.
Washington CH will play Jackson on Saturday in the Upper Bracket Finals Saturday at 1pm. Jackson and Blue Lions played last year in the district semi-finals with the Iron Ladies advancing.
Jackson won over Waverly Wednesday night to move to Saturday sectional championship contest. The final will air on Buckeye Country 105.5 and iheartradio with coverage starting at 12:45pm.
Washington CH 54, Miami Trace 50
The Blue Lions hit 50% of their three point shots and had a 10-3 advantage in made free throws to sweep their Fayette County rivals in boys basketball this regular season.
The Lions shot 42% from the field overall (8 of 16 on threes) and led 14-10 after the first quarter and 27-21 at the half. In fact Washington expanded the lead to 12 points in the third period when Miami Trace started to hit more of their shots in the paint area and closed the gap to 37-36 after three.
Washington CH (15-4 overall/9-1 SCOL) was led by Conner Eckles 24 points, Tyler Slone had 11 and Max Knisley came off the bench adding 10 points.
Miami Trace who shot 37% from the field (but only 1 of 15 on threes) was led by Cedric Pettiford with 19 points, Tyrae Pettiford with 11 and Derek Marcum with 10. The Panthers (13-7 overall/6-5 SCOL) have lost their last 4 games in a row.
Washington CH will host Clinton Massie Thursday night and observe Senior Night. Miami Trace will host state rank Ready on Saturday and that contest will air on Buckeye Country 105.5FM and iheartradio from the Panther Pit.