Kathleen Meyer scored six of her team-high 15 points in overtime to lead Kellenberg to a 54-51 comeback win over Holy Trinity Thursday in a CHSAA girls basketball opener.
With Kellenberg leading by one and seven seconds left, Meyer knocked down two free throws and Holy Trinity's last-second three-pointer missed.
"This win is huge for us," Kellenberg coach John Heitner said. "We're a young team, so this is huge for our confidence. Winning such a close game will hopefully pay off as we go deeper into league play."
With Kellenberg down by three, Stacey Madelmayer drilled a three-pointer with 54 seconds left to tie the score. Neither team was able to score again in regulation and they headed into overtime.
From there, Meyer took over and started getting to the free-throw line.
"We were really lacking some scoring," Heitner said. "She was our offensive spark; she came off the bench and had five points in the second quarter and had the hot hand for the rest of the game."
But Holy Trinity (2-1, 1-0) still had a three-point lead with 1:38 left in overtime, and that's when Madelmayer hit another big three-pointer to tie the score.
"She's really in there for defense," Heitner said of Madelmayer, who finished with 10 points. "To have her knock down some key three-pointers was definitely unexpected."
The Firebirds were down six at halftime, as Kelly Carey had 11 of her 26 points in the first half for Holy Trinity. Heitner said he made some defensive adjustments during the break that helped Kellenberg battle back.
"We started in a trapping 1-3-1 zone, and they were beating us easily," he said. "We put in a switching man-to-man defense after halftime that forced them into some tough situations. We played smarter in the second half and utilized our speed to come up with some loose balls and get some baskets in transition."
Brenna Dennelly added 11 points and six assists for Kellenberg.