By MICHAEL BURWELL
ARCADIA — Arcadia’s Courtney Cramer wasn’t afraid to shoot from beyond the arc in Tuesday’s game against New Riegel, and for the Redskins, it paid off in a big way.
The 5-foot-5 senior point guard drained six 3-pointers, scored a game-high 24 points and nailed two clutch free throws with eight seconds left to give Arcadia a 52-48 lead and the win over the Blue Jackets in a nonconference matchup.
“A little nerve-wracking, but we practice free throws all the time, so I knew I had to have confidence that I could do it at the end of the game as a senior leader,” Cramer said.
Arcadia (16-4) came out aggressively to begin the game and to start the third quarter, but when it seemed like the Redskins would pull away, New Riegel came charging back.
After Arcadia’s Molly Glick nailed both ends of a one-and-one to give the Redskins a 50-45 lead with 13 seconds left, New Riegel came right back with a 3-pointer from Taylor Arbogast just four seconds later to cut the deficit to 50-48.
Then it was Cramer’s time to put the game away as she made both ends of a one-and-one.
“We’ve gone against Courtney for four years, and we know what a tremendous shooter and player she is,” New Riegel coach Steve Lucius said.
Arcadia’s zone defense, with Cramer and Glick playing out front, forced New Riegel (18-2) to shoot 19 of 50 (38 percent) from the floor. The Redskins also had a 32-19 rebounding advantage and held Lauren Ladd, New Riegel’s 6-foot center who made the Division-IV District 6 second team, to nine points and five rebounds.
The second quarter, however, was costly for Arcadia.
After Abbie Dauterman’s baseline jumper gave the Redskins a 21-11 lead with 6:07 left before the half, New Riegel’s defense stepped up.
The Blue Jackets forced nine of Arcadia’s 15 turnovers and closed the half on a 16-5 run, capped off by Arbogast’s basket with 11 seconds left that gave New Riegel its first lead of the game, 27-26.
“We knew they had the momentum going into the locker room,” Arcadia coach Randy Baker said. “We had to come out and re-establish ourselves again in the second half. We missed some shots, we had some stupid turnovers in the first half and their pressure was pretty good. We just had to take care of the ball better.”
Arcadia responded by starting the third quarter on an 8-0 run. Glick drained a wide-open 3-pointer from the top of the key, Taylor Ware had a putback off of an offensive rebound and Cramer’s trey from the corner gave the momentum right back to the Redskins.
Kara Scherger’s deep 3-pointer from about five feet beyond the arc, though, gave New Riegel a 39-38 lead with 1:48 left in the third quarter.
It didn’t last long, as Cramer came right back with a jumper on the next possession to give Arcadia a 40-39 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.
Arbogast’s 16 points led New Riegel. Scherger, a District 6 first-teamer, added 14 points including three 3-pointers.
“(Scherger’s) a good player, and we knew coming into this that she could drive and shoot the 3,” Cramer said. “I just had to have confidence that I could guard her, too.”
Glick was the only other Redskin to score in double figures (12), and she added eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Dauterman scored eight points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
new riegel (18-2)
Arbogast 7-0–16, Kirian 1-3–5, Scherger 5-1–14, Ladd 4-1–9, Theis 1-0–2, Noftz 1-0–2, L. Zoeller 0-0–0. TOTALS: 19-50 5-13–48.
Kirian 1-2–4, Glick 4-2–12, Cramer 8-2–24, Dauterman 4-0–8, Ware 2-0–4, Mock 0-0–0, Ball 0-0–0, Pina 0-0–0. TOTALS: 19-43 6-7–52.
New Riegel 10 17 12 9 — 48
Arcadia 15 11 14 12 — 52
3-Point GOALS: New Riegel 5 (Scherger 3, Arbogast 2); Arcadia 8 (Cramer 6, Glick 2).
rebounds: New Riegel 19 (Ladd 5); Arcadia 32 (Dauterman 9).
turnovers: New Riegel 10, Arcadia 15.
junior varsity: New Riegel, 34-28.