Out of reach: Falcons lose in overtime to CVCL foe
Forest Lake Christian’s Taylor Kilgore found herself in two competitions Friday night – the first, a crucial Central Valley Christian League basketball game and the second, a shot at being named her school’s winter homecoming queen.
While the first part of the night ended in a heartbreaking 54-51 overtime loss to Woodland Christian, two hours later she was crowned homecoming queen.
But odds are, based on her competitive personality, Kilgore would have traded the crown for the win.
After the Falcons lost their first league game in more than three years to Woodland Christian in early January, to say they were looking forward to showing the Cardinals that the first game was a fluke is an understatement.
Instead, Forest Lake Christian took its third league loss of the season, perhaps sealing its fate for a third-place finish in the league. Sacramento Waldorf is currently undefeated and Woodland Christian has just two losses.
Any loss hurts for a program used to such a winning tradition in the recent years, but in such a dramatic fashion, in front of a standing-room only crowd only seemed to sting worse.
“Collectively, I think the girls felt like they had something taken from them tonight,” Forest Lake Christian coach Steve Kellar said.
After the game Kellar expressed frustration with some of the calls in the final minutes of the game, namely the officiating in the paint.
The Falcons began the game on a 9-0 run, to the delight of a rowdy gym, and after one quarter led 12-7. But two shots into the second quarter the Cardinals evened the score at 12.
Forest Lake Christian gained some ground on a 7-0 run, but an 8-2 run in response from Woodland Christian put the Falcons up by just one at 23-22 going into halftime.
Woodland Christian senior Beth Perkins, who scored 33 points the previous time the two teams met, was held scoreless until hitting a jumper with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. She then, however, went on to hit five-straight shots for her team, giving it a 28-25 lead.
The Falcons responded with yet another run, this time to the tune of 14-2 to end the third quarter with a 39-30 lead. But their scoring touch cooled off in the fourth quarter, with the Falcons totaling just four points.
Woodland Christian scored 13 points during that time, with a Perkins’ jumper with 40 seconds remaining tying the game at 43. Kilgore’s 3-point attempt with 8 seconds remaining in regulation bounced off the back of the rim.
So on to overtime the two teams went.
With 30.5 seconds remaining in overtime, Kilgore stole the ball around mid-court, taking it down to score, putting her team up 51-50. The Cardinals answered with basket from 6-foot-3 center Megan Kritscher.
The Falcons had 16.4 seconds to win the game. Kilgore drove with 10.3 seconds remaining, only to have her shot blocked in the lane by Kritscher. She was, however, able to get the ball back behind the arc for another try. She re-loaded, but missed off the back of the rim again.
Teammate Jessie Clough grabbed the rebound, but in an attempt to get back to the basket, she stepped out of bounds.
Perkins sealed the win with two free throws with 2.0 remaining on the clock.
“The key was we had more overall team balance tonight,” Woodland Christian coach Teresa Perkins said. “We had more people involved in the scoring.”
Perkins ended with a game-high 20 points, with Brittney Snethen scoring 13 and Kritscher and Julie Floyd adding eight and seven points, respectively. The Cardinals improved to 18-5 overall and 10-2 in the CVCL.
For the Falcons, Kilgore finished with 17 points, with MacKenzie Deneen, Kylie Miraldi, Brittany Allen and Katie Fletcher all scoring six points. Tess Reed had seven points.
Miraldi, who fouled out with 46 seconds remaining in regulation, pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Falcons (16-4, 8-3) travel to Victory Christian at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
In front of a full crowd for Homecoming Friday night, 2005 graduate Brooke Hodges became the first Falcon to have his or her jersey retired. Hodges was a four-year starter for the Falcons and a key member of the 2003-04 state championship squad.
To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
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