After an exhilarating fourth quarter, the Phoenix varsity girls earned their second win of the season Monday over the Wickliffe Devils.
Wickliffe scored four points with two minutes remaining in the final quarter to cut Oberlin’s lead to 39-33.
First-year head coach Brian Kelley called a timeout with 1:45 left in the game to strategize and help his girls hold their 40-35 lead.
Oberlin gave up three turnovers in the next 20 seconds, giving the Devils another chance at taking the lead.
Senior Aszure Chamberlin and junior Cameron Payne took charge of the team in the final minute to help their younger teammates mark opponents and constantly reminded them not to foul.
Oberlin’s Kiah Fields hit one of her two free throws with 10 seconds left to extend her team’s lead to 41-37.
Wickliffe’s Stephanie Martin drove to the basket and was fouled. She sank both free throws to edge two points closer to tying.
The Phoenix forced Martin to turn over the ball with 2.8 seconds left and Kelley called a timeout to draw up one last play, allowing his team to take home the victory.
The victory rewarded Oberlin for a fiery start that saw the Phoenix move the ball around the perimeter of the arc and find Marcala Moore in the paint. Wickliffe did not back down despite being down 5-1 after three minutes of play; the Devils went on a seven-point run to end the first quarter.
The second quarter was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams, matching each other on every shot for the first four minutes.
Chamberlin’s outstanding rebounding and moving the ball up the court quickly allowed her team to go on a six-point run before halftime, taking a 15-13 lead.
Payne found her groove in the third quarter and couldn’t be stopped outside the paint. She hit back-to-back three pointers to give Oberlin a 25-22 lead.
The Lady Phoenix continued to attack the basket, set picks, and find the open teammate, which allowed each starter to score at least one basket.
Jackson and Payne combined for 23 points with 15 of those points coming from behind the arc.
Oberlin improved to 2-10 on the season.
Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune Senior Aszure Chamberlin calls out a play as she brings the ball up the court.