Overtime is just fine for Rebels’ Harrison

COLUMBIANA – Crestview senior guard Ashley Harrison didn’t have the best performance in regulation against South Range on Monday.

She more than made up for it in overtime.

Taking the reigns for the Rebels, she scored all of her team’s 12 points and added three steals in overtime as Crestview won 56-52 in a key Inter-Tri County League upper tier showdown.

The win moves the Rebels (10-4, 5-1) into sole possession of second place in the ITCL upper tier. United, who handed Crestview its first league loss, leads the upper tier.

The soft-spoken team leader had only five points (on free throws) at the half and scored six the rest of regulation. She said she was frustrated because her shots were not falling.

After she hit two threes for the Rebels’ first six points in overtime, she knew she had found her game.

“I was feeling on,” Harrison said.

The rest of it was a blur for Harrison who admitted she did not realize she had scored all of her team’s points in the extra frame.

“I just kept taking it in,” Harrison said.

South Range (5-6, 4-2) used a platoon of defenders on Harrison and it worked for the most part, but the Rebels were able to get other pieces of their offense to contribute.

Morgan Newbauer scored seven of her nine points in the first quarter, while Anna Hardenbrook had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Savannah Elwonger made her presence felt in the paint with six points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

“They came at us with 10 girls,” Crestview coach Rick Gates said. “They have a lot of depth. We tried to key on Lexi Naples and they keyed on (Harrison). It all kind of balanced out.”

The game was tied at the half as well.

Naples, South Range’s leading scorer, was held to 10 points. She was mostly watched by Newbauer.

“They gave us everything we had thought they would,” South Range coach Wayne Johnson said. “We had some mismatches occasionally with some of the things we were doing. They handled everything we threw at them.”

Starla Sharp stepped up for the Raiders with 14 points. Eight of that total came in the fourth quarter. Both teams had chances to win the game with less than 30 seconds to go, but the Raiders missed a jumper and the Rebels turned the ball over on their chance.

S. RANGE : 12-10-10-12-8-52

CRESTVIEW: 13-9-10-11-12-56

SOUTH RANGE SCORING: Ashley Sharp 1-0-2, Elaina Kimpel 1-0-3, Kendall Syms 2-0-4, Jordan Youngs 1-0-2, Stevie Taylor 4-2-10, Alexis Naples 3-4-10, Allison Oliver 0-0-0, Starla Sharp 5-4-14, Sierra Petrella 3-0-6, Lynnie Ritter 0-1-1. TEAM TOTALS: 20, 11-18: 52.

CRESTVIEW SCORING: Ashley Harrison 5-10-23, Morgan Newbauer 4-0-9, Emilee Chelbus 0-0-0, Savannah Elwonger 2-2-6, Annie Hardenbrook 4-4-12, Tristan Huff 0-1-1, Alexis Marnejon 2-1-5. TEAM TOTALS: 17, 18-28: 56.

Three-point goals: Crestview 4 (Harrison 3, Newbauer).