dip of victory
By John Enrietto
Eagle Sports Editor
When Karissa King's buzzer-beating 3-point attempt was off the mark, the Golden Tornado girls basketball team headed into overtime against
Achesinski averages 20.1 points per game as
The Tornado rallied to victory regardless, defeating the Indians 41-39 to claim the Butler Christmas Tournament championship for the second straight year.
"So many girls stepped it up in overtime,"
"(Achesinski) is a great player and we love having her. But you never know what circumstances may force us to play without her down the road."
Butler (10-1) took a 14-5 lead in the first eight minutes, only to watch Penn Hills score the final 14 points of the half to take a 24-19 lead into intermission.
That deficit reached eight points before an Erica Miller trey cut the margin to one and an offensive rebound and stickback by King gave
Achesinski sank two free throws for a 36-34 lead with to go before
The Tornado played for the last shot, but couldn't get the ball inside, forcing King to unleash her shot just before the buzzer.
"We were in position to win this game a few times in regulation and overtime,"
A layup and free throw by
The teams exchanged possessions before
Fouled after the steal, Bresnahan sank one of two free throws and
"It was funny because Olivia missed an open layup at the start of overtime,"Epps said. "During a timeout, she told me she thought I was going to kill her for that.
"I told her to just make up for it on the defensive end and she did."
"I noticed they always like to pass the ball to the top of the perimeter,"Bresnahan said. "I jumped up in there a little tighter I got lucky."
Bresnahan joined teammates Barry and Achesinski on the all-tournament team. Barry paced
Kim Clark had 12 rebounds for Brashear (1-9), which suffered 35 turnovers 25 in the first half.
Janel Craig 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Haselrig 0-2 1-2 1, Taylor Branch 0-1 0-0 0, Nikole Duell 3-9 2-2 10, Julia Pavlovic 3-6 1-2 7, Taja Wilson 7-18 6-7 21, Sarafina Simmons 0-0 0-0 0, Brittany DelaCruz 0-0 0-0 0, Davida Penn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 13-38 10-13 39
Rachel Barry 3-7 7-10 13, Karissa King 1-7 2-2 4, Olivia Bresnahan 1-6 1-2 3, Liz Schultz 0-3 0-0 0,
Penn Hills 5 19 5 7 339
3-point goals: Duell 2, Wilson; Baroffio, Miller