Cramer knocks down six 3’s in Arcadia’s victory over New Riegel

ARCADIA – Open is a relative term. Courtney Cramer, for instance, doesn’t need much of an opening to gain an edge.

Arcadia’s senior sharpshooter was dialed in here Tuesday as she canned six 3-pointers on the way to 24 points in a 52-48 Redskin win over New Riegel.

The long-range game was a key for the Redskins in improving to 16-4 while dropping the Blue Jackets to 18-2. Both teams hit 19 field goals, but Arcadia had an 8-5 edge in 3-pointers.

Cramer hit a 3-pointer to open the game’s scoring and added two more in the first period as Arcadia opened a 15-10 lead.

“We use the three quite a bit,” Redskin coach Randy Baker said. “We’ve got a couple kids who can shoot it – Courtney’s usually pretty good at it and Molly (Glick, who had the other two 3-pointers) can hit it. If they give it to us, we’ll take it.”

The Redskins had the upper hand for all but nine seconds of the first half. Three straight inside hoops by Abbie Dauterman helped push the margin to 21-11 before New Riegel rallied.

Taylor Arbogast, who led the Blue Jackets with 16 points, started it with a steal for two and a post move.

Down 26-21 with 58 seconds left in the half, New Riegel took a 27-26 lead into the locker room after Arbogast fed Lauren Ladd (nine points, seven rebounds) for a basket, Ladd scored on a putback and then Arbogast scored off a Kara Scherger feed.

“We can be a little streaky like that,” New Riegel coach Steve Lucius said. “We felt pretty good about (getting the halftime lead) and we wanted to continue on with that in the third quarter. Unfortunately, we had kind of a slow start to the third and we had to come back again.”

Glick and Cramer had 3-pointers and freshman Taylor Ware had a rebound basket in the first two minutes of the second half for a 34-27 Redskin edge.

But they weren’t running away. Arbogast’s 3-pointer started a 9-2 New Riegel run that tied it at 36-36. Moments later, Scherger (14 points, five assists) nailed a 3-pointer to give New Riegel its final lead at 39-38.

It lasted 11 seconds as Cramer hit a short jumper for the Redskins. She then hit her final 3-pointer to open the fourth.

“When she gets in a rhythm, she can knock down a few in a row,” Baker said. “This was a solid game. That’s a good group of kids. We’d go up a few points and they would come back and then they’d go up a few points and we’d come back.”

More often that not, the Arcadia surges had Cramer involved.

“We had closeouts on her, but sometimes we weren’t close enough,” Lucius said. “Other times we closed out, we had a hand in her face. She’s a great shooter and she gets that shot off so quickly.

“We’ve gone against Courtney for four years now and we know what a tremendous shooter, and player, she is,” he said. “We were on her, but they move the ball so well – backside, skips, whatever. And when she catches it, it’s too late. It’s gone.”

It was 48-43 before New Riegel’s Morgan Noftz scored to trim the lead to three with 18 seconds to play. Glick (12 points) hit two foul shots but Arbogast answered with a 3-pointer to make it 50-48 with nine ticks left.

The Blue Jackets pressured, but Cramer drew a foul and finished it with two more from the line.

The 3-point edge wasn’t Arcadia’s only advantage. The Redskins out-rebounded the Jackets 31-19 with Dauterman grabbing nine, Rebecca Kirian eight and Glick seven.

And a third issue was foul shots – the Redskins went 6 for 7 to New Riegel’s 5-for-13 effort.

“We talked about that (Monday), rebounds would be a key,” Lucius said. “That’s twice this year, we’ve been out-rebounded and twice we’ve lost. Still, if we make foul shots, and we’re a good foul shooting team, that could have really, really helped.”