Wildcat Season Ends With Overtime Tournament Loss

posted Feb 26, 2016, 10:03 AM by Web Master   [ updated Feb 26, 2016, 10:04 AM ]
Feb. 17, 2016

Div. III Sectional - Springfield High School

Swanton 53, Woodmore 50 (OT)

The Wildcat girls basketball team saw its season end with the overtime loss to Swanton in its first Div. III sectional game. Woodmore maintained a small advantage through three quarters - WHS led 13-11 after one quarter, 29-26 at halftime, and 36-32 after three quarters. Swanton took the lead in the final stanza by as many as five points (43-38) with 3:53 left scoring 11 of the first 13 points of the quarter. Woodmore then got a three-pointer from senior Kaitlin Gephart with 2:22 left and three-point play from junior Lily Rothert with 53.2 seconds left in regulation to take a 44-43 lead. After Swanton took the lead on a field goal with 39.2 seconds left, Rothert converted a lay up with 25.1 seconds left to put Woodmore back up by one point (46-45). Swanton misssed a pair of free throw attempts with 11.7 seconds left, but Woodmore missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation with 9.5 seconds left to leave the door open. Swanton went the length of the court and missed a shot but rebounded the ball and were fouled with no time left on the clock. Swanton's Sidney Taylor made the first free throw to tie the game but missed the second and the two teams were headed to overtime tied at 46-all. In overtime, senior Jordan Grzegorczyk hit a 12-footer from the right baseline to give Woodmore a 48-47 lead with 2:30 left. Swanton took the lead for good with a pair of free throws with 1:36 left, and after a Woodmore turnover, added two more free tosses with 53.3 seconds left to take a 51-48 lead. With 36.3 seconds left, Gephart converted twice from the charity stripe to bring Woodmore with one point (51-50). The two teams then traded turnovers before Swanton's Kyleigh Ramlow, the game's leading scorer with 30 points, connected twice from the foul line with 12.3 seconds left. Woodmore had one last opportunity trailing by three points but a two-point shot and a three-point shot in the final seconds did not find the mark as the Wildcats finish the season with an 11-12 record. Gephart led the eight Woodmore players who scored in the game with 13 points while Rothert had 10 points. Grzegorczyk added nine points. Woodmore had a 20-12 edge in field goals in the game, but Swanton was 26-of-41 from the free throw line while the Wildcats hit 6-of-11.