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High School Basketball:
Shawnee Makes All the Right Decisions in Overtime Win

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was a game that most basketball fans love to see when the playoffs begin. Fast breaks, lead changes, the dramatic three pointer and an overtime victory for the underdog. The Lady Renegades from Shawnee traveled to Timber Creek to take on the Chargers during the first round of the South Jersey Group III girls' basketball tournament. Shawnee would dominate the first half and led by fifteen points at halftime. But Timber Creek charged their way back into this game and eventually tied this game forcing an overtime period. Trailing by two, Shawnee's Melissa Chu nailed a three pointer with 11.5 second remaining in the game to give the Renegades a 59-58 lead that they were able to hold onto. The tenth seeded Renegades' upset victory over Timber Creek advances them to the next round against Cumberland.

Shawnee began this game scoring the first seven points only to see Timber Creek rally and pull within three points to start the second quarter. But that’s the Renegades began to flex their muscles and outscored the Chargers 19-7 and led by 15 points at the break. Timber Creek would turn the tables by outscoring Shawnee by a 19-6 score during the third quarter to get back into this game. The Chargers would take their first lead of the second half 45-42 with five minutes remaining in regulation. Back and forth these two teams went and eventually neither team would be able to break their 50-50 deadlock at the end of the fourth quarter.

During the overtime session, neither two held a lead higher than two points. With the game tied at 56 apiece with 47 seconds remaining, Megan Skedzielewski drained a jumper that put Timber Creek ahead by two with 17 seconds showing on the game clock forcing Shawnee to call a timeout with 11.5 seconds remaining. It was quite obvious that the Renegades wanted to go for the win instead of the game tying basket, especially when Chu was left wide open behind the arc which she did not miss. Shawnee’s one point lead would hold up after the Chargers failed to convert on their final attempt of the game. Erin Wolgamot finished the game with 21 points for Shawnee while McKenzie O’Brien added 19 and Melissa Chu’s three pointer was the only points she scored during the second half. Chu finished the game with 12 points. Lindsay Steele led the Chargers with 19 points and Megan Skedzielewski added 18 points.

Photos by Art Redd

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