Sheridan starts hot, Hoban recovers and gets the overtime win
Hard to believe that this wasn’t the best comeback of the day. If I was a better, and quicker writer, this article would have said it was though. The Knights 18 point comeback was later outdone by Reynoldsburgs’ 25 point collapse. Sheridan dominated the first half, connecting on 17 of their 28 field goals, seven from behind the arc while Sheridan opened up a 43-25 halftime lead, including a 20-0 run before Hoban started their climb. The Knights cut the lead to 11 going into the 4th quarter. It wasn’t long before the gym had a feeling that we were about to see something wild. Wild was an understatement when the missed bunnies and turnovers shifted from the team from Akron to the D2 powerhouse in red.
Before you know it a Karli Anker corner three off an inbound was heading through the net, and we were getting some extra basketball. Anker put on a little show late in the game. Spins, crossovers, and 1’s were all on display when she got rolling.
The overtime seen the momentum never swing back to Sheridan as Anker knocked down a few free throws to give them the first and only lead in OT.
Anker finished with a season and game high 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting and some big free throws down the stretch. Lanae Riley had a monster game as well with 18 points and 15 rebounds. 2023 Riley Bennett finished with 13 points and what was essentially the three point dagger in OT. Abby Stephens, who I thought played well in both games this weekend, had another 12 boards for the Knights. 2022 Gracie Schill was a nice spark plug for the Knights in the midst of the comeback with some deflections and a few coast to coast layups on her way to eight points.
Sheridan freshman Jamisyn Stinson was phenomenal in this one. This was the first time I seen the younger Stinson sister and she was calm and collected in such a high intensity game, coming up with 24 points and six buckets form behind the arc. The elder Stinson, 2022 Faith, also was impressive as she compiled 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bailey Beckstedt, the always dependable PG for the Generals had 14 points, 8 boards and 4 assists.
The Knights did some growing up in this one, this could be a win they look back on that triggered some great things the rest if the season. The minutes were more limited than any game so far, and the top seven responded.