Santoro’s last-second drive sends Lady Red to finals
GALION — Casey Santoro scored on a drive with 1.5 seconds to go Thursday to push top-seeded Bellevue past upset-minded Ontario 39-37 in a Division II district semifinal.
Her game-winning drive started off the left wing, moved through the top of the key to the right wing before heading to the hoop and banking it in.
The victory pits the Redmen (23-1) against Norwalk in Saturday’s 6 p.m. district title game in what will be the teams’ third meeting this year.
Bellevue looked well on the way there early, with Santoro netting nine points in the first quarter to help the Redmen open a 12-2 lead.
But the Warriors held her to just two points over the next two periods and trailed just 29-26 entering the fourth.
Santoro responded in the final quarter, scoring eight her team’s 10 points to end with a game-high 19.
Cory Santoro and Payton Vogel each added six points for Bellevue.
Madeline Collins netted 10 points for Ontario and Nashail Shelby had eight.
fall to Truckers
GALION — Abigail Fogle had quite a season and career for Upper Sandusky, but it ended Thursday.
Fogle’s four 3-pointers against Norwalk gave her 98 this season and 329 in her career, but the Rams fell 53-45 in the Division II district semifinals.
The senior led everyone with 18 points, and finished third in career 3-pointers and ninth in 3-pointers in a season in Ohio high school girls basketball history.
Madison McLaughlin backed her with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams (17-7), Megan Hensel grabbed 10 boards, Alexis Fogle snared four steals and Alivia Oney dished three assists.
The Truckers (20-4) got 17 points from Kaelyn Harkness, 16 from Jasmine Thomas and nine from Bethany Cring.
Upper Sandusky trailed 14-7 at the first stop, but had the deficit trimmed to 40-37 by the end of the third period before the Truckers inched away.
The Truckers advance to face Bellevue — their third meeting this year — in Saturday’s 6 p.m. finals.