MILLER CITY — Patrick Henry scored the final seven points of the game and made two big defensive stands in the final seconds to pull out a 47-46 victory over the Lady Wildcats Tuesday night.
Trailing 46-40, Rachel Nickels began the Lady Patriots’ comeback by knocking down a triple with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Carissa Rosebrook stole the ball and scored after a PH time-out to pull PH within a point.
The Lady Patriots had several chances to take the lead over the next 90 seconds, including missing four free throws and a lay-up. With 38 seconds remaining, Rosebrook scored off an inbound pass after the Lady Patriots tied the ball up to force a turnover to take the lead.
It was the first lead for Patrick Henry in the game.
Miller City had a couple of chances to win the game, but Rosebrook blocked a shot with 11.9 seconds remaining and after a steal by the Lady Wildcats Kayla Prigge blocked a shot with three seconds on the clock to preserve the win.
“We had to keep battling,” said Patrick Henry girls basketball coach Justin Sonnenberg. “Every time we fought to get back in the game, they had an answer. Our girls showed a lot of heart and came away with a hard-fought win.”
Miller City led 15-9 after the first quarter and 23-16 at halftime. Patrick Henry went nearly seven minutes in the second period without scoring, as Rosebrook and McKenzie Vance were both in foul trouble.
The Lady Patriots, who had 10 steals in the game, picked up their defensive intensity in the second half. A 12-3 run to end the third quarter pulled PH within 33-32 entering the final period.
Lauren Hermiller hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, while Natalie Koenig and Abi Lammers each drove the length of the court for a lay-up to push the Lady Wildcats’ lead to 42-34 with five minutes remaining.
Audrey Sonnenberg and Prigge sandwiched a pair of triples around a basket by Koenig, who followed with a pair of free throws to give Miller City the six-point cushion with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.
“We got stagnant and were not in the right position in the first half,” said coach Sonnenberg. “At halftime we talked about fundamentals, knowing what we had to do, and they did it. They came out calm and more patient on offense. After that we started taking better shots and getting more touches in the post. That’s when good things started happening.”
Rosebrook led PH with 11 points, while Prigge added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Miller City was led by Lammers with 20 points and Koenig with 18.
Patrick Henry is now 8-5 on the season. The Lady Patriots host Swanton Thursday in a Northwest Ohio Athletic League contest.
PH 9 7 16 15 — 47
MC 15 8 10 13 — 46
Patrick Henry — Sonnenberg 0-2-0-6, Nickels 1-1-0-5, Rosebrook 5-1-11, Meyer 1-1-3, Prigge 0-2-4-10, Fintel 1-3-5, Vance 3-1-7. Totals: 11-5-10-47.
Miller City — Lammers 6-1-5-20, Koenig 7-4-18, L. Hermiller 1-1-1-6, Otto 1-0-2. Totals: 15-2-10-46.