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Arcanum junior Stevie Johnting hits in the paint during first quarter action Tuesday against
Northwestern in sectional action at Franklin Monroe. Johnting netted 18 for the Trojans but it wasn’t
enough as Arcanum fell 49-42 to the Warriors in overtime. CNO Photos by George Starks
Lady Trojans come up short in overtime loss
Arcanum bows out of state tournament
By George Starks

PITSBURG- It was one of those nights for the Arcanum Lady Trojans.

A night when the Trojans needed two miracles bit got only one.

Tuesday in sectional action at The Hangar on the campus of Franklin Monroe High School, the Trojans hooked up in second round action against Northwestern.

Despite a miracle shot at the buzzer to force overtime, the Warriors were just a bit to much for Arcanum as the Trojans fell by the sectional wayside, 49-42.

It all came down to the final 2.8 seconds.

Coming out of a timeout, down 39-37, Arcanum senior Abby Ross unloaded a 14 foot jumper right before the horn sounded, getting the Trojans in the overtime situation.

“I thought at that point, we final had the advantage,” said Arcanum coach Matt Grote. “We practice this and try to execute it in a game situation. She hit a big basket for us and at that point, I thought we had the advantage but it wasn’t to be.”

With the extra four minutes forced to be played, the Warriors came out and took control.

Northwestern went on a 6-1 run and with 1:03 left in the extra frame, the Warriors had taken a 45-40 advantage.

It would be a hole the Trojans would not be able to crawl out of.

There were many things that factored in to the Arcanum demise.

At games end, the Trojans had no less than 25 turnovers.

Many were unforced.

“That’s something we’ve been struggling with all year,” admitted Grote. “We have to be able to back the ball out and not try to force something. We knew it was something that would eventually hurt us in the end.”

With unforced turnovers contributing to the loss, the Trojans failed at the free throw line, hitting a dismal 9 of 20.

“When you hit only nine if twenty from the foul line, that doesn’t help at all,” Grote pointed out. “We work on foul shots every day in practice and it’s something we need to get better at. If we knock some of those foul shots down, it’s a different game and we might not even go into overtime.”

Up 7-5 after one, the Trojans led 14-12 at the half.

Northwestern came out of the break, going on an 8-0 run at the 3:51 mark of the third, taking a 20-14 lead.

The Trojans would finally get on the board with 2:26 left in the quarter on a free throw by Ross as she would hit one of two attempts.

Fifty seconds later, Arcanum would get its first bucket of the frame when Stevie Johnting would hit in the paint making the score 20-14 in favor of the Warriors.

With all that, the Trojans would trail 26-19 with eight minutes left in regulation.

Trailing by as much as eight in the final eight minutes, Arcanum’s defense would keep things close while the offense looked to get on track.

Arcanum would close to a 35-31 count with 2:44 remaining when senior Rebecca Deao would grab an offensive rebound and get the stick back.

 Johnting would drill a trey 38 seconds later getting the Trojans to within one at 35-34.

The ability to stay close allowed for the miracle shot by Ross at the buzzer to force the extra four minutes.

The loss brings down the curtain on the high school careers of Deao, Ross and Alexis Abner.

“They will be missed,” said Grote. “We have a lot to look forward to because seven of the tem we had on the roster are coming back so we have a lot to look forward to.”

Two of those returning will be Stevie Johnting and Madison O’Daniel.

Johnting led all scorers with 18 points as the Trojans ended the year at 13-10.

Junior Madison O’Daniel battles senior Katelyn Partlow for a rebound for the Trojans.

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