Girls Basketball Wins IAAM Title in OT

The girls varsity basketball team rallied to defeat Roland Park Country School (59-52) in overtime to claim the championship title on February 15 at Stevenson University. Ben F. '16 recapped the action in the following message to Upper School students.

I don't think anyone has sent out a full email of the once-in-a-lifetime pandemonium that transpired at Stevenson today, so I'm going to detail what exactly happened, because I believe the public should know how resilient our girls were tonight.

This game was back and forth all night. Both teams had five-point leads at some point, and Roland Park had a 10- point 4th-quarter lead. Unlucky fouls and the Reds' physicality were slowing the Eagles down, but they never gave up, rallying back with some timely 3's. This is where things got really crazy.

Roland Park took a one-point lead with 22 seconds remaining. They then forced a jump ball to regain possession with five seconds on the clock. After a foul, the Reds expanded their lead to three. McDonogh's last desparation pass was intercepted by a Roland Park player, and the game appeared to be over as the Roland Park fans rushed the court. But the refs said that the Roland Park player caught the ball out of bounds, so McDonogh had one more chance.

The Eagles went for the game-tying three, but Kolbi G. was fouled going up, which set up three foul shots alone at the basket for the season. Are you feeling the pressure yet? So did Kolbi, but she didn't let that stop her, as she drained the three foul shots to give the Eagles an improbable extra four minutes! Once overtime began, the Eagles dominated with strong defense and clutch free-throw shooting, notching seven foul shots out of eight in extra time. Then the clock hit 0.0 for real and the Eagles had successfully defended their title.

Read more in The Baltimore Sun. Photo by Anita Hilson

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