NEW WATERFORD (WYTV) – It took 31 minutes and 55 seconds to decide the game. But when Lady Quaker sophomore Chloe Cheresne hit the front end of a one-and-one with just 5-seconds remaining, it propelled the Quakers to a dramatic 46-45 victory over the Western Reserve Lade Blue Devils.
“That’s happened to me so many times,” Cheresne said. “There are just so many things running through your head and you just have to clear your mind and just pretend it’s practice. At least I made the first one.”
“I knew they were fouling us, I just hoped we would make one,” Quakers Coach Roger Zeigler remarked. “We keep stressing foul shots.”
Cheresne’s foul shots came after Alexis Hughes had tied the game at 45 with only 17-seconds remaining. The Devils had stormed back from a 10-point deficit to start the fourth quarter, outscoring the Quakers 15-7 in the final frame.
“We went one for six, seven (in foul shots) and if we make them it’s not even close,” Zeigler said. “They were coming on, and they had momentum and we didn’t. But we made the one that counted.”
“That’s a good team, a very good team,” Zeigler said of Western Reserve. “I thought we played well and executed some things that we wanted to and we were fortunate enough to make the foul shot that won it for us.”
Cheresne would lead the Quakers with 13 points and 7 rebounds on the night. Olivia Stiff would also add 10 points towards the win.
The two teams traded leads throughout the contest with the Quakers holding a 26-21 halftime advantage. They would push their lead to 9-points at the end of the third quarter at 39-30 before Julia Dundon hit a free throw early in the fourth stanza to give them their largest lead of the game at 40-30. That is when the Devils started to mount their ferocious comeback.
“We don’t press very well,” Devils Coach Steve Miller admitted. “It’s not one of our strong points. But we definitely thought that we could create some turnovers tonight when you fall down that much you kind of have to do something that your not comfortable with. It did get us back into the game.”
Hurting the Devils cause was senior forward Aleah Hughes fouling out of the game in the fourth quarter. Hughes would score 10 points in the game before leaving.
“When Aleah fouls out we’re in trouble, especially offensively,” Miller remarked. “But then we found a way to get to the line and hit a couple shots and finally made a few layups.”
Leading the scoring on the night for the Devils was Tory White with 12, while Rachael Maslach added 11. In addition to Hughes 10 points, she also grabbed 6 rebound on the night.
The Quakers improve to 2-4 on the season, and will face the hosting Crestview Rebels for the championship of the Rebel Holiday Classic. Western reserve drops to 4-4, and will play East Liverpool in the consolation game Tuesday night.
Courtesy: Lowell Spencer