On paper Washington Catholic and Cannelton looked pretty even at 3-13 and 2-14, respectively. The two schools shared wins over Medora and Rock Creek, and when it was over, they proved to be pretty even on the court as well. However, the one area that WC held a distinct advantage was in personnel, as the Lady Bulldogs only brought five total players to the Birdcage on Thursday night and on the scoreboard, coming up with the 36-35 overtime win. WC got a trey from Lindsey Jerger in the final seconds which ended up being just enough to erase the Bulldogs 35-33 lead and give them the win.
The game featured an incredible performance from Bulldog freshman Kendall Hale who had 34 of the 35 Cannelton points along with going 16-16 from the line, while almost single-handedly delivering the win. WC was led by Ally Cline with 16 and nine from Jerger, including her game-winning trey, her first 3-pointer of the year.
“We knew she (Hale) was really good and you could tell that when she walked in the gym. We are getting some positives right now and starting to settle down. We are starting to understand shot selection and starting to understand our offense,” said WC coach Brant Stevens. “Lindsey said it the other day, we are starting to trust each other on the floor and that is just huge for us.”
Scoring was at a premium in the first quarter as WC would go 5-for-18 and Cannelton would go 1-for-11, but three baskets from Ally Cline, and one each from Ella Grissom and Adeline O’Brian, the Lady Cardinals were able to take a 10-4 advantage into the second quarter.
A Cline lay-up started the scoring in the second, and she followed up with a trey as WC extended the lead to 14-4. However, the Lady Dogs’ Hale drained a pair of 3-pointers to cut the lead to just four with 4:32 in the second. Hale stayed hot adding a bucket for two more and accounted for all 12 Cannelton points. With the game tied at 14, Cline broke the tie, but Hale remained perfect from the free throw line and sent the Lady Bulldogs into the half tied at 16. Cline and Hale ended up accounting for all 18 points scored during the quarter.
O’Brian and Cline gave WC a four-point lead, but again Hale was able to chip into it. WC’s Lindsay Jerger picked up her first basket of the third, but a free free throw from Charolette Entwistle provided the first non-Hale point and cut the margin to just one, 22-21. Cannelton took its first lead with a minute to go in the third and went into the final quarter with a 25-22 lead.
Jerger opened the fourth with a basket and Cline pushed WC into the lead with 5:00 and would go up by three less than a minute later. Cannelton missed its first six shots of the quarter, before Hale knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to cut it to one. However, a late basket from Mya Cline gave WC some breathing room at 31-27. However, Hale went 4-for-4 from the line to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Hale opened up the OT with a bucket, but it was answered by Mya Cline to tie it. After a foul, Cannelton had to play with just four players, but Hale was still able to make a pair of free throws to tie it. However, a basket with 7 seconds left from Jerger gave WC the win, 36-35.
Also scoring for WC was Mya Cline with five, O’Brian with four and Grissom with two. WC heads to North Posey for a road game and returns home to end the regular season with Lighthouse.