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The Telegram
  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Ilion tops Little Falls in overtime

  • JANUARY 19 GIRLS' BASKETBALL



    The Ilion Golden Bombers lost a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter Saturday but won their game in overtime on Nicole Doolen’s three-point shot with 24 seconds left to play.



    Doolen’s shot gave Ilion its first lead in the four-minute extra session and a 64-63 victory of the Little Falls Mounties on its home court.

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  • ILION 64, LITTLE FALLS 63, overtime
    The Ilion Golden Bombers lost a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter Saturday but won their game in overtime on Nicole Doolen’s three-point shot with 24 seconds left to play.
    Doolen’s shot gave Ilion its first lead in the four-minute extra session and a 64-63 victory of the Little Falls Mounties on its home court.
    “When she relaxes and shoots she does a very good job,” Ilion coach Jane Connors said of Doolen. “She’s one of our go-to kids (and) I’m so happy for her.”
    The Golden Bombers had led through most of the game. They outscored Little Falls 12-5 in the opening period and maintained a similar margin through three quarters. A pair of free throws by Doolen gave Ilion (5-7) its largest lead at 47-35 with 5 1/2 minutes left in regulation.
    Little Falls (10-2) scored the next eight points but Ilion had its lead back up to eight entering the final minute of regulation. Kelli Shepardson was fouled and converted a one-and-one for Little Falls then Gen Schoff added a free throw to make it a five-point game with 35 seconds left. The Mounties called a timeout after regaining possession when the rebound on Schoff’s second shot went out of bounds. Amy Hart’s three-pointer pulled the Mounties within two points and Little Falls quickly fouled Mackenzie Stubley to stop the clock.
    Stubley hit one of her two free throws for Ilion and Little Falls rebounded the second. Hannah Becker’s three-point try was tipped by a defender but she wound up with the ball again in the lane and passed it to Hart whose shot from the left elbow passed through the net ahead of the final buzzer, tying the score at 54.
    The referees conferred following Hart’s shot and put 4.3 seconds on the clock. The time expired before Ilion shot and the game went to overtime.
    “We played good basketball,” Little Falls coach Pam Munger said of her team’s rally in the fourth quarter, “and we haven’t been playing good basketball.”
    Little Falls scored first in overtime and Hart’s fifth three-pointer gave the Mounties a 61-57 lead with 1:58 left. Emily LaLonde’s basket got Ilion back within one point with 1:18 left before Hart hit a free throw for the final Mountie point.
    Doolen delivered what proved to be the winning shot from the right wing and Little Falls came up empty on its final possession. The positioning of Doolen’s feet on relation to the three-point arc was disputed at the end of the game and although the referee in the corner from which the shot came raised his arms as soon as the shot went up, Little Falls players admitted afterward they thought her shot had tied the score rather than giving Ilion the lead.
    Page 2 of 2 - Doolen led the Golden Bombers with 18 points while LaLonde had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Stubley chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
    The win was the second straight for Ilion after a seven-game losing streak. The Golden Bombers are 5-3 outside their league.
    After a scoreless first half, Hart finished the game with 19 points, including 15
    in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime. Schoff led Little Falls with 21 points and blocked six shots with four rebounds and two steals. Becker had nine points and a team-high seven rebounds and Shepardson scored eight points.
    Little Falls has lost two of its last three games — both to Class B teams — after a 9-0 start. The Mounties had not been beaten on the road since Jan. 5, 2012, in Dolgeville.
    As disappointing as the ending was for Little Falls, it was the start of the game that proved costly.
    “Some wins you don’t deserve,” Munger said, “and we didn’t deserve this one because we didn’t play well for most of the game.
    “This one hurts.”
    ILION GOLDEN BOMBERS 64, LITTLE FALLS MOUNTIES 63, overtime
    LITTLE FALLS (10-2) — Kelli Shepardson 3 2-3 8; Hannah Becker 4 0-1 9; Kaitlyn Duesler 0 0-0 0; Gen Schoff 6 9-15 21; Cheyenne Richards 0 0-0 0; Cheyanne Rivenburg 1 1-1 3; Sarah Bruins 1 1-2 3; Amy Hart 6 2-4 19. Totals: 21 15-26 63.
    ILION (5-7) — Erica Dack 1 0-0 3; Mackenzie Stubley 5 2-6 13; Teigha Ward 1 0-0 2; Nicole Doolen 6 5-10 18; Lauren Metz 2 1-2 6; Sydney Putnam 0 0-0 0; Hayley Metz 0 0-0 0; Emily LaLonde 6 4-9 16; Rachael Phillips 1 0-0 2; Makayla Donato 1 2-2 4. Totals: 23 14-29 64.
    Little Falls      5  15  13  21    9 — 63
    Ilion    12 15  15  12  10 — 64
    Three-pointers — Little Falls 6 (Hart 5, Becker 1); Ilion 4 (Dack 1, Doolen 1, L.Metz 1, Stubley 1). JV — Ilion 26, Little Falls 10.
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