BRIDGEWATER – In Turner Ashby High School’s first girls’ basketball game against Broadway, Kierstin Roadcap watched in street clothes as the Knights faced her former team.
Her debut against BHS on Tuesday night was already going to add an emotional charge to the rematch. It took Broadway two overtimes to survive.
Freshman forward Faith Funkhouser scored a game-high 15 points, while senior teammates Jessica Bergan and Brianna Zook each made a critical play after regulation to lift the Gobblers over upset-minded TA 46-41.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game in the world,” said BHS coach Bobby Mongold, pointing to missed layups. “… I told the officials we set the game back 25 years offensively, but we know where our mindset is. We’re a defensive-minded team and we got stops where we needed to.”
After TA's Hope Simmons took the ball from Broadway, Bergan stole it right back from her and cashed in a critical fast-break layup as the Knights (9-7) appeared to be looking for a foul. Nothing was called, though, and the Gobblers (14-2) re-took the lead at 37-36 with two minutes to go in the first overtime.
Roadcap knotted it back up at the foul line, and later poked away a lob into the post to set up a potential game-winning possession. But Simmons’ runner didn’t fall.
In double overtime, BHS's persistence paid off. Finally, after several lobs inside failed to score points in the first five periods, Zook converted a pass from Bergan and was fouled. Though she didn’t complete the traditional 3-point play, Zook gave BHS a 39-37 lead with 2:45 to go and the Gobblers kept it.
Zook and freshman guard Ally Repko pulled down a handful of offensive rebounds in the final minute to help secure the win. The Gobblers scored 18 of their 33 points in regulation at the line, finishing 27-for-46.
Foul-strapped Zook finished with nine points and 15 rebounds for BHS, which managed nine field goals.
“If she wouldn’t have done that, we wouldn’t have got a lot of baskets,” Funkhouser said. “Whenever she rebounds, it’s a big part of the game.”
TA used an 8-1 run in the fourth quarter to trim its deficit to 29-27 with 2:13 left in regulation. Simmons, a freshman guard, capped the run with a 3-pointer near the top of the key.
With 29 seconds on the clock, Simmons knocked down a triple in front of TA’s bench on a pass from Roadcap to force overtime, tying the game at 33-all.
“I’m sure it was tough on Kierstin, but she played well, and I don’t think she came out for a single second of a double overtime game,” said TA coach Rob Lovell, downplaying the effect on the game that Roadcap’s debut against BHS had. “She did a great job and all our kids, really both sides, just played basketball.”
Funkhouser (11-for-15 at the line) missed a pair of high-pressure free-throws with four seconds left in regulation, but responded by knocking down two foul shots in overtime to set the table for Bergan’s momentum-snatching steal.
Alger 1 3-4 5, Bergan 1 4-6 5, MacDonald 1 4-4 7, Funkhouser 2 11-15 15, Zook 3 3-10 9, Bland 0 1-2 1, Repko 1 1-4 3. Totals: 9 27-46 46.
Simmons 4 1-2 11, Roadcap 4 5-10 14, Moyer 2 3-4 8, Witt 1 0-0 2, Ala. Miller 1 0-0 2, Sheffer 2 0-0 4. Totals: 14 9-16 41.
Broadway 8 6 10 9 4 9 – 46
Turner Ashby 7 4 8 14 4 4 – 41
3-Pointers—BHS 1 (MacDonald); TA 4 (Simmons 2, Roadcap, Moyer). Fouls—BHS 19; TA 30. Fouled Out—BHS (Zook), TA (Roadcap, Moyer, Witt, Wood). Rebounds—BHS 44 (Zook 15); TA 29 (Roadcap 7).