Central A&M (26-5) fought their way through stiff challenges at the Toledo 1A Sectional, emerging with a win over St. Anthony in the semifinal, 49-31, and surviving a double-overtime championship game over Arcola, 62-57.
St. Anthony forced the Raiders to slow their roll in the sectional semifinal, but the Raiders were still up by double digits at the break, 26-16. The 3rd period was a lull before what St. Anthony wanted to be a 4th period storm to try a come back. The storm never happened, as A&M held serve down the stretch and pulled away for the 18-point win.
Ryan Dooley led A&M with 15 points and Mikah Maples followed with 11 points, a prelude to their role in the upcoming title game. Maples made all five of her free throws. A&M sank seven 3-pointers to St. Anthony’s zero. Dooley had a pair of treys, Kayla Gibson had a pair, and Kaley Hennings had a pair. Taylor Jordan buried one.
St. Anthony held A&M to just nine 2-pointers, but those seven triples were the difference. St. Anthony had just nine 2-pointers, as well and only one more free throw than the Raiders.
Central A&M 49, St. Anthony 31
St A 5-11-6-9--31
A&M stats: Dooley 15 (3-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 3/5 FTs), Maples 11 (3 FGs, 5/5 FTs), Hennings 9 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), T. Jordan 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Gibson 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Damery 2 (FG). Team FGs 16. 3-Pointers: 7 (Hennings 2, Dooley 2, Gibson 2, T. Jordan). Team FTs 10-of-14.
St. A stats: Richards 10 (2 FGs, 6/9 FTs), Walsh 7 (2 FGs, 3/5 FTs), Nuxoll 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Gardewine 4 (2 FGs), Wendt 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs). Team FGs 9. Team FTs 11-of-18.
Arcola grabbed the Raiders by the tail in the sectional title game and would not let go. It gave them a chance to win at the wire. Arcola even took a lead in the 4th.