By Tom Robinson
OXON HILL, Md. – JB Hoops Rose had already secured the Pool ZZ title, but it was unable to complete an unbeaten run through the five-game, round-robin pool schedule at the USJN 17U Girls Championships.
Kayla Rose’s double-double was not enough when JB Hoops fell short, 48-43, in overtime against Huskies 16 Hamel from Massachusetts.
“We played very hard and pretty well in the first four games to put us in a good position to be in first place in this pool,” coach Jerry Rose said. “If we take a game off in one of those games, tonight’s outcome hurts us a lot more.”
After going more than four minutes without scoring in a stretch midway through the first half, JB Hoops was only in the lead one time the rest of the way, for almost three minutes in the second half.
“Sometimes we get a little dribble happy,” coach Rose said. “We’ve got to move the ball in the air.”
Rose ended the drought with two baskets sandwiched around an assist to Clair Marion for a quick, six-point streak to get within 17-16 with 4:49 left in the half.
Trinity Johnson, Marion and Rose each scored in the last 1:21 of the half for another six-point streak to pull back within 25-23 at the break.
Rose’s putback tied the game in the opening minute of the second half.
After the Huskies went back in front, JB Hoops scored five straight for its last lead.
Claire Dougherty’s two free throws tied the game, Rose hit one of two free throws for the lead and Deanna Wallace hit a runner from the right side to give JB Hoops a 30-27 lead with 11:02 left.
The Huskies scored the next six points and did not trail again.
JB Hoops forced overtime by scoring the last four points of regulation. Johnson converted an offensive rebound and Rose scored inside off a pass from Marion at the high post.
“The girls fought hard,” coach Rose said. “We were down and then we had a chance before going into overtime.
“We had the ball at the end with eight seconds left after playing great defense to get the ball back.”
Rose and Johnson each scored seven points in the second half.
The Huskies took control to open overtime, hitting a 3-pointer 13 seconds in, then adding a steal to make it a five-point lead after just 29 seconds of the two-minute session.
“In overtime, we made a couple mistakes very early,” coach Rose said. “When there’s only two minutes in overtime, it’s tough to come back from those plays.”
Kayla Rose, a rising junior at Riverside, finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Johnson had 11 points and 6 rebounds, Marion 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Belardi 5 rebounds.