Courtesy of Todd Shapiro, The Chronicle – Telegram
Girls Regional Basketball: Worth the wait — Elyria Catholic outlasts Newton Falls in triple overtime
Thanks to the heroics of Elyria Catholic senior Megan Scheibelhut, the Panthers will have much better memories of the game.
Scheibelhut scored 19 of her team-high 21 points from the fourth quarter on, including 10 in the three overtimes, as Elyria Catholic defeated Newton Falls 55-54.
Scheibelhut scored what proved to be the winner with 16.4 seconds remaining in the third extra session to cap off a wild four-minute period where the lead changed hands four times.
The Panthers (21-5) are just one game shy of returning to the state tournament for the first time since 2011. They will face Chippewa (27-0) in Saturday’s regional final.
“This game was just incredible,” Scheibelhut said. “I only had two points going into the fourth quarter, so I wasn’t thinking I was going to have a big shooting night, but (assistant) coach (Mike) Sunderman always tells me to just keep shooting the ball every time I have the chance.”
Scheibelhut almost was the hero on multiple occasions earlier in the game. Her basket with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter gave Elyria Catholic a 38-36 lead before a steal and layup by Tigers senior Izzy Kline tied the game at 38 and sent it into overtime. Scheibelhut spotted up for a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the second overtime to give Elyria Catholic a 44-41 lead, which it held until the final seconds of that period when Kline hit a 3-pointer to send the game into a third overtime.
In the final, fateful period the Tigers had no answer for Scheibelhut, as Kline missed a potential winner with three seconds remaining. Elyria Catholic’s Kaylie Griffin grabbed the rebound and dribbled out the remaining time on the clock.
Griffin came up big on the defensive end in the third overtime after Regan Schill, one of the team’s best defenders, fouled out with 24.3 seconds remaining in the second overtime.
“That was a crazy game,” Panthers guard Faith Williams said. “I don’t think we were expecting that. They stuck with us the whole time and they never gave up. That might have been the funnest game I’ve ever been a part of.”
Williams did most of her damage from behind the 3-point line, finishing with 15 points. She hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter to give Elyria Catholic a 29-28 lead, its first since early in the second quarter.
“Both team fought their hearts out. (Newton Falls) didn’t deserve to lose but I’ll take it,” Elyria Catholic coach Eric Rothgery said. “This was a great way to win a game. What a crazy game, triple overtime, how many of those were going to happen tonight across the state?
“It seemed like we had the upper hand at the end of regulation and most of the overtimes but we just couldn’t put it away.”
Newton Falls (19-7) saw its season come to an end despite the best effort of Kline, the program’s all-time leading scorer and a University of Cincinnati track commit, who scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 16 rebounds.
Scheibelhut put Kline in the same category with Gilmour’s Naz Hillman as one of the toughest players she’s faced in her high school career.
“We left it all out on the floor tonight but it just didn’t go our way,” Kline said “I didn’t want to lose, I did my best to try to carry my team.”
Sophomore Ally Winnen had 11 points for the Panthers, who trailed by as many as six points in the third period.
“It was crazy but we kept our composure even when we’re down,” Winnen said. “And Meg was on fire, she had such a great night. I’m so proud of my team right now. It was a grind but we made it.”
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Elyria Catholic 55, Newton Falls 54 (3OT)
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (55): Faith Williams 4-3-15, Regan Schill 1-0-3, Abby Winnen 1-0-3, Kaylie Griffin 1-0-2, Megan Scheibelhut 9-0-21, Ally Winnen 5-1-11. Totals 21-4-55.
NEWTON FALLS (54): Allison Sembach 4-0-12, Bree Hutson 1-3-6, Elizabeth Barreca 3-4-10, Izzy Kline 8-7-25, Samantha Foor 0-1-1. Totals 16-15-54.
Elyria Catholic 13 4 12 9 3 5 9 — 55
Newton Falls 12 9 7 10 3 5 8 — 54
Three-point goals: Elyria Catholic (Williams 4, Scheibelhut 3, Schill, Ab. Winnen), Newton Falls (Sembach 4, Kline 2, Hutson). Field goals: Elyria Catholic 21-47 (45 percent), Newton Falls 16-41 (39 percent). Free throws: Elyria Catholic 4-7 (57 percent), Newton Falls 14-22 (64 percent). Rebounds: Elyria Catholic 28, Newton Falls 33. Turnovers: Elyria Catholic 15, Newton Falls 16. Fouls: Elyria Catholic 16, Newton Falls 10. Fouled out: Schill.