The drought has come to an end.
It had been 15 years since School of the Osage beat Helias Catholic on the basketball court and that changed Tuesday night with the Indians defeating the Crusaders 40 to 38 in thrilling fashion.
With both sides tied at 38 heading into the final minute, the Indians patiently worked to set up the game-winning shot and junior Kerrigan Gamm found senior Jordyn Bartlett who nailed that shot with a mere four seconds remaining.
“I was very pleased with how well the ladies handled the last 45 seconds of regulation,” Osage coach Scott Rowland said. “Just like an experienced team should, we got the ball to Kendal (Miller) with about 12 seconds left and ran a set that they executed perfectly with Kerrigan hitting Jordyn for the game-winning shot.”
Helias managed to advance the ball to mid-court and called a timeout with 0.7 seconds remaining and after what Rowland called the longest 0.7 seconds in hoops history, the Indians ended the streak.
Gamm led the scoring attack with 14 points while Miller and Bartlett finished with eight and sophomore Carson Wood recorded six. Bartlett also nearly recorded yet another triple-double after securing nine rebounds and swatting away shots with 10 blocks.
Another key aspect of Tuesday night’s win was that the Indians crucially made all eight of their free throws and Rowland was also pleased with his club’s defensive efforts.
“I thought a strength was our shot defense,” the coach said. “The girls blocked many shots and made many other shots be altered. Helias was six for 32 (18 percent) from the field which is great.”
Osage (4-1) will look to build off this momentum in their home opener against Eugene Thursday night at 6 p.m.