Warren girls fall to Quakers in OT

Warren’s Olivia Alloway makes a move with the ball during a River City Classic girls basketball game against New Philadelpia Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena. Photo by Mike Morrison.

MARIETTA – Warren managed to overcome a seven-point fourth quarter deficit and 23 turnovers to force a very strong New Philadelphia into overtime but in the end the Warriors fell short as the Quakers scored a 53-47 win in the Peoples Bank River City Classic Saturday evening at Ban Johnson Arena.

After the two traded the lead back and forth throughout much of the third period, the Quakers scored the first four points of the final quarter to pull out to a 33-26 lead with just over six minutes to play.

Warren came charging right back thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by senior Kate Liston sandwiched around a field goal by Molly McCutcheon to put the Warriors back in front 34-33 with four minutes to play in the game.

Warren coach Amy Colgrove feels fortunate to have an experienced player such as Liston to turn to in clutch situations.

“She is one of our senior leaders and the other kids look to them when things are going wrong,” said Colgrove of Liston. “Kate has stepped up in big moments and she has been clutch for us this season.”

The game turned into a battle at the charity stripe as the two teams combined to shoot a total of 55 free throws on the night.

New Philadelphia post player Aaliyah Currence went to the line 16 times in the game and made good on 12 of those attempts including three-of-four midway thru the fourth quarter to put New Philly back in the lead.

McCutcheon’s freebie closed the Quaker lead to just one and after a stop on the defensive end Warren freshman Olivia Alloway came up with a huge bucket on a drive to the basket to give Warren a 37-36 lead with just over a minute to play.

Currence briefly put her team back in front with two more at the stripe before Warren’s Peyton Bowe made one-of two to tie the game with 49 seconds to play.

The Quakers narrowly missed winning the game in regulation when Currence’s 5-footer went in and out of the basket with Liston grabbing the rebound to force extended play.

New Philadelphia wasted little time jumping back in front in the overtime period as they got a big three-pointer by Josie Pry to ignite a 7-0 run and took care of business at the line the rest of the way to hang on for the win and improve their season mark to 9-2.

Currence led all scorers with 18 points while Rachel Anderson chipped in with 10 for the Quakers including a pair of treys.

Warren got 13 points apiece from Liston and Alloway, who also led them in rebounding with seven and five respectively.

Colgrove felt that Alloway more than held her own on a big stage against a quality opponent.

“What a great athlete she is and I thought she played well and played physical and didn’t back down from them,” said Colgrove. “She had tremendous energy out there which we needed.”

Warren slipped to 8-2 with the loss but Colgrove felt there was a lot to learn by playing a team as strong as New Philadelphia.

“They (New Philly) made it to the regional finals last year and didn’t lose too many players so that’s the type of team we might see down the road,” said Colgrove. “It was good to see what we need to work on.”

Warren will return home Thursday for a rematch with Shenandoah.