By Tom Robinson
OXON HILL, Md. – Team Pennsylvania 16 Garcia held JB Hoops Rose scoreless in overtime Tuesday morning to pull out a 44-41 victory in the Crystal Championship bracket semifinal of the USJN 17U Girls Nationals at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
JB Hoops won its first four games, clinching the Pool ZZ title in the process, but finished up the tournament with consecutive overtime losses.
Team Pennsylvania overcame a nine-point, first-half JB Hoops lead.
JB Hoops needed its own late comeback to force overtime.
Abington Heights teammates Anna Scoblick and Rachel McDonald made the late-game, offensive/defensive substitutions pay off.
Scoblick’s backcourt steal with 40 seconds left got JB Hoops the ball while facing a 41-38 deficit.
JB Hoops had not scored in the last 4:12 until McDonald was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 23.6 seconds left.
McDonald made all three free throws to tie the game and, when Team Pennsylvania could not convert a layup with a second left, the game headed to overtime.
JB Hoops could not produce on any of its four overtime possessions, missing three shots and turning the ball over.
Team Pennsylvania won the game by going 3-for-4 from the foul line in the final minute.
McDonald led JB Hoops in scoring with eight points, including six in the second half.
Claire Dougherty and Kayla Rose added seven points each.
Trinity Johnson scored six points and led the team with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Clair Marion dished out three assists.
Rose, who scored all seven of her points in the first half, drove for a three-point play and a 9-4 lead with 9:45 left in the first half.
McDonald, Johnson and Scoblick scored consecutive baskets to complete an 11-2 run to the game’s biggest lead, 15-6.
Team Pennsylvania scored nine straight points to tie the game and moved ahead, 18-17, on a 3-pointer with 4:18 left in the half.
The teams traded the lead five times and were tied eight times, including at the end of regulation.