Cloverleaf point guard Adrea Baughman (right), pushing the ball up the floor against Tallmadge, had nine points and four assists in the Colts' 61-59 double-overtime loss to Ashland. Baughman forced OT by making two free throws late in regulation.
WESTFIELD TWP., Ohio -- Sophomore center Mariah Mansperger scored 19 points and grabbed 19 rebounds on Thursday night, leading Ashland's girls basketball team to a 61-59 double-overtime win at Cloverleaf.
Five of Mansperger's points came in double-OT as the Arrows (1-2) completed a large comeback over the Colts (0-2), who led by 13 points at halftime. There were a total of 11 lead changes and nine ties in the two-hour, non-conference thriller.
"We could have packed it in at halftime when we were down big, but we fought back and won the game with our defense," Ashland coach Jason Snow said. "I'm very proud of the girls' effort, especially when we went to a full-court press.
"This was a great team win, and one that we needed after losing two close games to start the season."
Cloverleaf senior center Katie Simpson was nearly Mansperger's equal with team-highs of 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Arrows sophomore power forward Alexis Stoops collected 13 points and 15 boards.
The only other player in double-figures was Colts senior small forward Shelby Dearth, who had 12 points and seven rebounds, but was held scoreless for a 24-minute stretch spanning the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth periods.
"The girls showed great perseverance in the fourth quarter, willing themselves to try to win this game," Cloverleaf coach John Carmigiano said. "Ashland just seemed to always have the upper hand in both overtimes, and we couldn't get over the hump once we got there."
Colts senior point guard Adrea Baughman forced overtime by making two free throws with 11 seconds left in regulation. That tied the score at 46-46, which held up when Mansperger missed three shots under the basket before the clock ran out.
In the first OT, Cloverleaf sophomore point guard Jessie Lindemeyer made 1-of-2 free throws with three seconds left to knot things up at 51-51. The Arrows failed to get off a shot after inbounding the ball, sending the teams to a second extra period.
In double-OT, Mansperger put Ashland ahead for good on an old fashioned three-point play with 1:47 remaining, then followed on the Arrows' next possession with a putback to make it 61-56.
Dearth buried a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to cut the gap to 61-59, but was just off on a 23-footer with five seconds remaining that could have won the game.
Baughman finished with nine points and four assists, while Lindemeyer had five points and four helpers. Senior forward Samantha Furr also was a big contributor off the bench with four points and five rebounds for the Colts.
"Katie Simpson is a gamer and a leader, and she's trying to get people to jump on board with her," Carmigiano said. "Sam Furr is another player we know we can count on. She's been very steady and makes the most of her minutes.
"My main concern tonight, though, was not coming out of halftime with any intensity for the second game in a row. We have to make sure that doesn't become a habit because we can't afford lapses like we've seen twice already this season."
On the evening, Cloverleaf committed 31 turnovers to 28 by Ashland. The Arrows also shot a woeful 9-for-30 from the foul line (30.0 percent), but rode their strong post play and stifling defense by junior small forward MacKenzie McFarlin to the road win.
"MacKenzie usually takes the best player on the other team, like she did tonight with Shelby," Snow said. "She's 5-foot-10 and does a nice job closing out on shooters.
"With the way MacKenzie played, Alexis' work in the high-post, and Mariah using her body as well as she does, we've got a nice little thing going there. They're all still young, but they're already showing people what they can do together."
Ashland 61, Cloverleaf 59 (2OT)
ASHLAND ......... 10 .... 6 ... 16 ... 14 .... 5 ... 10 = 61
CLOVERLEAF ... 18 ... 11 .... 7 ... 10 .... 5 .... 8 = 59
Ashland – Alexis Stoops 6-22 1-6 13, MacKenzie McFarlin 3-12 3-6 9, Mariah Mansperger 9-20 1-4 19, Kameryn Hendershott 0-3 1-2 1, Bobbi Jo Litten 3-8 1-4 9, Jasmine Kohne 1-3 1-4 3, Kelsey Kerr 1-9 0-2 2, Sydni Carpenter 2-5 1-2 5. TOTALS: 25-82 9-30 61.
Cloverleaf – Kendall Yuhas 2-5 0-0 4, Shelby Dearth 5-15 0-0 12, Katie Simpson 7-17 3-7 17, Haley Ploucha 1-6 1-2 4, Adrea Baughman 2-7 4-5 9, Emily Civittolo 2-7 0-0 4, Jessie Lindemeyer 2-5 1-4 5, Samantha Furr 2-6 0-0 4, Rebecca Polchek 0-1 0-0 0, Brittany Piper 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23-69 9-19 59.
3-point goals – Ashland 2-9 (Litten 2-6, Carpenter 0-1, McFarlin 0-2), Cloverleaf 4-14 (Dearth 2-6, Baughman 1-1, Ploucha 1-4, Furr 0-1, Civittolo 0-2). Fouled out – Ploucha. Rebounds – Ashland 58 (Mansperger 19), Cloverleaf 50 (Simpson 17). Assists – Ashland 12 (Hendershott 5), Cloverleaf 13 (Baughman, Lindemeyer 4). Turnovers – Ashland 28 (Stoops 7), Cloverleaf 31 (Baughman, Lindemeyer 7). Total fouls – Ashland 16, Cloverleaf 22. Records – Ashland (1-2), Cloverleaf (0-2).