By TED RADICK
for the review times
FINDLAY — The shot looked dead on.
St. Wendelin coach Aaron Smith thought so, too.
“It looked like it was on line and it just didn’t hang in there,” Smith said after Allie Rutter’s 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left bounced off the rim to allow Arcadia to come away with a 43-41 victory and a Division IV sectional championship Saturday night at Findlay High School.
Arcadia’s Molly Glick snared the rebound off Rutter’s shot to close out the win for the Redskins (19-5), who advance to play Toledo Christian (17-6) at 8 p.m. Thursday in a district semifinal at Gibsonburg.
In the opening game, Carey built an eight-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, saw that lead trimmed to one point in the final nine seconds and held on to defeat Arlington 57-52. The Blue Devils (20-2) play Danbury (14-10) in a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Gibsonburg.
Arcadia and St. Wendelin (17-6) engaged in a back-and-forth game that saw nine lead changes before Glick drove the baseline, kept possession as she went under the basket and dropped in a reverse layup to tie the score at 37-37 with 4:16 to play.
Ninety seconds later, Glick snared a rebound off a missed layup by St. Wendelin’s Makenzie McAfee and headed up court. In her way was the Mohawks’ 6-foot-3 sophomore post player, Kamryn Troike.
It was a 50-50 call as Glick went down the lane for a layup. It went Arcadia’s way as a block was called, and the St. Wendelin bench was subsequently called for a technical foul. Smith said the technical was not called on him.
After some confusion over the order of free throws, Courtney Cramer hit one of the technical foul shots to give the Redskins a 40-37 lead.
With possession of the ball after the technical, Arcadia ran some time off the clock before Cramer, who finished with a team-high 16 points, hit a pair of free throws to put the Redskins up 42-37.
Back came the Mohawks, as Taylor Williams was fouled while hitting a 3-pointer and knocked down her foul shot. With one more possession after a Cramer free throw with 14 seconds left, St. Wendelin set up at the top of the key.
“The last play was either into Kam if she’s wide open, or if not, Rutter takes a three and we get out of here,” Smith said. “She stepped up, I have to give her credit — she stepped up and took the shot. All that time, and it came down to one shot. If it goes in, we move on.”
Troike finished with game highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds for St. Wendelin. McAfee had eight points and Williams seven.
“You have to know where Troike is at at all times, and you have to put wrinkles in to stop her,” Arcadia coach Randy Baker said. “But you can’t forget about the other kids. They were hitting threes and hitting shots. Everyone talks about Kamryn, and she’s a great player, but she has a nice supporting cast, too.”
Maddie Mock had 11 points for Arcadia and Glick added eight points to go with five assists and three steals. Rebecca Kirian had six rebounds.
Mock 5-0–11, Kirian 0-0–0, Glick 4-0–8, Cramer 4-6–16, Dauterman 2-0–4, Coward 2-0–4. TOTALS: 17-42 6-14 — 43.
St. Wendelin (41)
Williams 2-1–7, Burns 0-0–0, Rutter 1-2–4, McAfee 4-0–8, Mowrey 1-0–2, Troike 10-0–20. TOTALS: 18-38 3-3 — 41.
Arcadia 6 13 12 12 — 43
St. Wendelin 8 12 15 6 — 41
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 3-9 (Cramer 2, Mock); St. Wendelin 2-4 (Williams 2).
rebounds: Arcadia 19 (Kirian 6); St. Wendelin 27 (Troike 17).
turnovers: Arcadia 3; St. Wendelin 10.