Girls' Sweet Sixteen: Notre Dame fends off Madison Central in overtime

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMarch 14, 2013 

  • At E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling GreenRadio: WVLK-FM 101.5

BOWLING GREEN — Notre Dame outscored Madison Central 5-0 in the last 30 seconds of overtime to pull out a 57-53 victory Thursday in the first round of the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls' Sweet Sixteen,

The second-rated Pandas (27-5) will play Marshall County, a 56-52 winner over Letcher County Central, in Friday's quarterfinals.

No. 8 Madison Central (29-5) fell four wins shy of matching its Boys' Sweet Sixteen winners of last weekend.

Tied at 49 through regulation, the game see-sawed in overtime.

Central took a 53-52 lead when Brooks made one of two free throws with 50.6 seconds left. But the Pandas went on top with Carlee Clemons' rebound bucket with 30 seconds left.

Sydney Stallman added two free throws with 18.7 seconds left for a 56-53 Notre Dame lead.

Madison Central tried to go to Ashton Feldhaus for a three-point shot, but a double team resulted in a steal by Paige Kellam, who added a free throw with 8.7 seconds left.

Olivia Voskuhl led Notre Dame with 14 points and Kellam had 13. Haylee Smith added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Feldhaus racked up 26 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, and Larryn Brooks scored 19 points.

Notre Dame led by five points at halftime and went on a 9-0 third-quarter run to nearly break the game open.

Five different players scored during the rally, which gave the Pandas a 35-22 lead.

The lead grew to 14 at 37-23 before Central mounted a comeback.

The Indians pulled to within 39-30 going into the fourth quarter, then scored the first 10 points of the final period to take a 40-39 lead.

Felhaus had all but two of the 10 points, the others coming from Larryn Brooks.

Notre Dame answered with five in a row — a two-pointer by Olivia Voskuhl and a three by Elly Ogle.

Feldhaus hit a three of her own to cut Notre Dame's lead to 44-43. And Heather Hinkle's driving bucket then put Central on top.

Another Ogle three made it 47-45 for Notre Dame, but Brooks tied it on a drive to the hole.

After a Notre Dame miss, Central called time with 1:37 left, tied at 47.

Brooks dribbled until 48 seconds remained, when the Indians called time again, then did the same to get the clock to 33.4.

Brooks took the ensuing inbounds pass and had a clear path to the hole for a go-ahead layup with 30 seconds left.

Notre Dame called time at :25.3. That lead to Smith's tying layup, followed quickly by a Notre Dame timeout at :19.6.

Brooks missed a final shot from near the right elbow, sending the game to overtime.

Notre Dame used a 9-0 run to start the second quarter en route to a 23-18 halftime lead.

The key to Notre Dame's first-half success was a 22-13 domination of the boards, 9-1 on the offensive end. Haylee Smith had 10 rebounds, while Felhaus led the Indians with five.

Both teams struggled from the field in the half. Notre Dame shot 10-for-29 (34.5 percent) to Central's 7-for-22 (31.8 percent).

At E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green

Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5

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