Jackets’ skid continues

By John Montgomery

Sports Writer


NEW RIEGEL – The amount of experience shouting instructions from the benches was beyond compare – a combined 58 years of coaching and 935 wins paced the sidelines Tuesday.

But inside the lines, it was Miranda Palmer’s game.

The senior drained eight 3-pointers and had seven points in the fourth quarter and four key foul shots in overtime to lead Arcadia to a 53-49 win over New Riegel.

The result kept New Riegel’s Steve Lucius stuck at 499 career wins in his 28th year of coaching while long-time Arcadia mentor Randy Baker, in his 30th year of coaching, gained win No. 437.

“She usually is [an amazing shot], you can count on that. I thought we did a pretty good job on her,” Lucius said after his team suffered its third consecutive loss and fell to 16-5.

Along with her game-high 29 points, Palmer added five assists and three steals.

And when the Blue Jackets lost her, Palmer made them pay.

After she split a pair of foul shots to cut New Riegel’s lead to 44-39, New Riegel’s Taylor Arbogast scored on drive to put the Blue Jackets up by seven with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter.

Eight New Riegel turnovers came after Arbogast’s shot pushed the lead to 46-39, with the Blue Jackets not scoring from the field the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Palmer sandwiched two 3-pointers off turnovers around Molly Glick’s jumper from the elbow to put the Redskins up 47-46 with 3:12 to go.

“That’s what they do and they do it very well,” Lucius said. “We’re more of a kind of a get-it-inside team. We tried the whole game, and we had some success with it.

“Believe it or not, we played really good defense. We played them hard. We boarded well, gave them one shot and gave ourself plenty of opportunity to win the game,” he said. “We just had some turnovers down the stretch and into overtime.”

It stayed 47-46 Arcadia’s way until less than 30 seconds remained in the fourth.

Palmer’s bad pass gave the Blue Jackets hope, but Arcadia’s Regina Fox came up with a steal and Palmer drew a foul and went to the line with 14.2 seconds left.

She missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and, after a timeout, New Riegel’s Kara Scherger drew a foul after an inbound lob. Scherger’s first foul shot tied the game with 7.5 seconds left, but she missed the second and the ball bounced out of bounds off a Redskin.

New Riegel inbounded to Lauren Ladd, but she couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer.

All of the scoring in overtime came on foul shots.

Palmer broke two ties from the line in the extra period, with her final two coming with 12 seconds left for a 51-49 lead.

New Riegel sprinted down court, but Scherger’s driving shot in the lane – the only try from the field in overtime by the Blue Jackets – missed. Arcadia got the rebound and worked the ball to Courtney Cramer, who was fouled and sealed the game with a half second to go on her way to 10 points.

“It was just an amazing game. Neither team backed down. Two good teams going at it, and everybody took everybody’s best punch,” Baker said.

“I’ve had a lot of respect for (New Riegel’s) program. I’ve seen them play for years, and Steve, the job he does with these kids. It’s two great teams,” he said. “These two teams played a really great game, and that’s what you’d expect.”

Glick backed Palmer with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Arcadia (18-3) also got three steals each from Fox and Rebecca Kirian.

Arbogast’s 20 points and seven boards led the Blue Jackets, and Ladd had six points and 14 rebounds. Scherger scored 10 points, Taylor Kirian ended with seven points and Abby Cassidy had six points and three assists.

“They all played well. They all played their role,” Lucius said. “We had a game plan, they followed it. Just came up a little bit short against a very good team.”