Wright’s stickback gives Talawanda girls 51-50 victory at Badin

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Talawanda High School senior guard Emma Wright talks about Monday night's 51-50 victory at Badin.

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Emma Wright was surrounded by bodies in the lane. And then she was a hero.

The Talawanda High School senior guard converted a stickback with 2.2 seconds remaining Monday night and lifted the Braves to a dramatic 51-50 victory over host Badin in a Butler County girls basketball thriller at Mulcahey Gym.

“It was just an exhilarating game,” said Wright, who paced Talawanda with 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. “We’re running on adrenaline. We wanted to win that game so bad. Those are the games you remember.”

The Braves squandered a 14-point lead in the second half and suffered through a scoring drought of nearly 11 minutes, then overcame a six-point deficit in the last 93 seconds.

The Rams’ Shelby Nusbaum was called for an intentional offensive foul with 14.7 on the clock, and Gabby Lindley’s two free throws made it 50-49. With Talawanda still in possession of the ball, Wright then took care of a missed shot with her game-winner.

“All I was thinking is we needed to put the ball in the hoop,” Wright said. “I knew we had minimal seconds, and it didn’t matter how messy the play was. I just wanted to get the ball in that hoop any way, anyhow.”

Addie Brown scored 15 points for the Braves (2-1), who recorded their sixth straight win in this series … THS hasn’t lost to Badin since Dec. 29, 2010. Lindley and Hannah Hurst added six points apiece.

“I’m just really impressed with the character of these girls because they never once in my opinion quit giving me full effort,” Talawanda coach Tom Head said. “I feel like it was a good first half, a bad second half, and we finished the game. But I can’t say enough about Badin. They’re coached. They play hard. I’ve got nothing negative to say about them. They were awesome.”

Emma Broermann (12), Claire McCurley (11) and Ally Stang (10) topped the scoring for the Rams (2-2). Nusbaum and Macy Harper both marked seven points, and McCurley and Nusbaum grabbed 10 boards apiece.

“I think they got a little more confidence than we did toward the end after they started hitting their shots again,” said Broermann, a sophomore forward. “I don’t feel sad or anything. It’s a team sport, so I can’t be mad at any one of the players. I just think it goes back to practice and how we need to push each other harder in order to win these close games.”

Badin coach Tom Sunderman liked his team’s tenacity in the second half, especially on defense. The Braves had a hot shooting touch early, but they gave up 19 consecutive points and watched their 39-26 advantage dissolve into a 45-39 deficit.

“We played McAuley (and lost 44-26 on Saturday), and I thought our halfcourt defense was as good as it’s been,” Sunderman said. “Our halfcourt defense was not very good in the first half tonight. The girls had two options, shut down or come out and play, and I thought they showed a lot of character and played extremely well in the second half. It’s a tough loss, but it’s a learning tool for our young team.”

The Rams shot 68.8 percent from the floor after intermission and earned a sizable advantage on the boards. They also committed 17 turnovers and converted 10 of 20 free throws (Talawanda was 7 of 9).

Katlynn Woodruff collected seven rebounds and Hurst added four for the Braves. Lindley dished out four assists.

Talawanda shot 43.2 percent from the field. Badin shot 48.6 percent.

“We had some fatigue in the second half,” Head said. “Our lack of depth showed, plus our shot selection was bad in the third quarter. We worked really hard on protecting the basketball this week, and we improved on that. Now we have to work really hard on better shot selection with a lead.”

Said Wright, “I feel good knowing that even if we can’t put the ball in the hoop, we’re still willing to grit our way back and win the game in the end.”

Head had special praise for Wright, who recently signed with Grand Valley State University.

“I’ve been coaching Emma now for six weeks in practice and three games, and I’ve never seen her play that hard,” he said. “She was everywhere in the fourth quarter.”

The Rams’ Stang, a senior guard, hit three 3-pointers, two in the third quarter. Stang and Harper both tallied seven second-half points.

“Ally doesn’t get rattled a whole lot,” Sunderman said. “She played big tonight. She didn’t play last year, so to come in a big game like this and hit shots like that, she deserves a lot of credit.”

Both teams play again Thursday. Badin visits Taft, while the Braves host Eaton.

Talawanda 21-9-9-12—51

Badin 11-7-20-12—50

TALAWANDA (2-1): Emma Wright 8 2 21, Gabby Lindley 2 2 6, Addie Brown 5 2 15, Katlynn Woodruff 1 1 3, Hannah Hurst 3 0 6. Totals: 19-7-51

BADIN (2-2): Shelby Nusbaum 2 2 7, Ally Stang 3 1 10, Lauren Krause 1 1 3, Macy Harper 2 3 7, Emma Broermann 5 2 12, Claire McCurley 5 1 11. Totals: 18-10-50

3-pointers: T 6 (Wright 3, Brown 3), B 4 (Stang 3, Nusbaum)

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Talawanda’s Emma Wright puts up a shot over Badin’s Lauren Krause during their game Monday night at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Talawanda’s Emma Wright puts up a shot over Badin’s Lauren Krause during their game Monday night at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Talawanda’s Emma Wright puts up a shot over Badin’s Lauren Krause during their game Monday night at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Badin’s Shelby Nusbaum puts up a shot during Monday night’s game against Talawanda at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Badin’s Shelby Nusbaum puts up a shot during Monday night’s game against Talawanda at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Badin’s Shelby Nusbaum puts up a shot during Monday night’s game against Talawanda at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Talawanda’s Addie Brown puts up a shot while being defended by Badin’s Ally Stang during their game Monday night at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Talawanda’s Addie Brown puts up a shot while being defended by Badin’s Ally Stang during their game Monday night at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Talawanda’s Addie Brown puts up a shot while being defended by Badin’s Ally Stang during their game Monday night at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Badin’s Shelby Nusbaum launches a 3-pointer during Monday night’s game against Talawanda at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Badin’s Shelby Nusbaum launches a 3-pointer during Monday night’s game against Talawanda at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Badin’s Shelby Nusbaum launches a 3-pointer during Monday night’s game against Talawanda at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Badin’s Lauren Krause (left) and Talawanda’s Emma Wright fight for a loose ball during Monday night’s game at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Badin’s Lauren Krause (left) and Talawanda’s Emma Wright fight for a loose ball during Monday night’s game at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Badin’s Lauren Krause (left) and Talawanda’s Emma Wright fight for a loose ball during Monday night’s game at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

 

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