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Penn’s Free Throws in Overtime End Reynoldsburg’s Championship Run

Canton McKinley High School (CMHS)

Columbus, Ohio.–Sydnee Penn’s 4 free throws in the last 1:42 of overtime gave Canton McKinley a 42-39 victory in the Division I semi-final over Reynoldsburg, ending the Raiders’ run for the girls championship.

Penn stole the ball at midcourt with 1:44 to go, and coverted 2 free throws 2 seconds later to break the eighth and last tie of the game. After another Raider turnover with 1:21 left, the senior guard added 2 more free throws with :29 left to make the score 42-38 and effectively put the low-scoring game out of reach. Ironically, the Raiders had gotten a grip on their turnover troubles after halftime, winning the turnover battle 8-4 in the 2nd half after turning it over 9 times in the first half.

Amazingly, the 36-36 score at the end of regulation represented the lowest scoring output of the year for each team. The Lady Pups of McKinley entered the game outscoring their opponents by an average of 68-38.

It was the Raiders’ first State appearance, and it showed right out of the box. Coach Jack Purtell┬ácalled a timeout in the first 1:13 of the game as the Pups broke to a 7-0 lead, and the Raiders responded with an 11-3 run to take the lead. The Raiders settled down the rest of the first half, apart from their 9 turnovers, and trailed 22-20 at intermission.

McKinley’s largest 2nd half lead was only 5, and the Raiders hung in despite not making it to the free throw line in the 2nd half. Aryelle Goodson’s layup for Reynoldsburg with 1:17 in regulation tied the score at 36, and the Pups held the ball for the last shot. Surya Gaffney of McKinley appeared headed for an easy basket with seconds left, but the Raiders broke up the play to force overtime.

Guard Ameryst Alston–already heavily recruited as a sophomore–played the full 36 minutes and led the Pups with 16 points,