Freshman Jenni-Rose DiCecco did everything she could do Friday night as the Clippers took it to double overtime at Sandwich. DiCecco scored eight of her game-high 45 points in the second four-minute overtime, but in the final seconds a turnover put the ball in Sandwich hands, forcing Falmouth to foul. Erin Reardon stepped to the line with 11 seconds on the clock and sank both free throws for the Knights as Sandwich claimed a very hard fought 76-72 victory.
DiCecco gave the Clippers a 67-64 lead in the opening seconds of the second OT with her sixth 3-pointer of the night, this one from the left side baseline. Sandwich came back to take the lead 70-67, but DiCecco banked a shot in off the glass to cut the lead to one. On the next FHS possession she drove up the middle, through the Blue Knight defense and popped in an under-handed layup, drawing a foul. The free throw gave the Clippers a 72-70 lead. Reardon hit one of two from the line as the Knights pulled to within a point at 72-71.
The 45 points scored by DiCecco is believed to be the single-game scoring record for the girls’ program. The rookie shot the lights out, hitting 17 of 23 shots from the field during the game, including a 6 for 6 showing from 3-point land. “It was the best offensive performance I’ve ever seen,” coach Bob Buscher said.
With 59 seconds on the clock, Sandwich's Lea Adams launched a deep ball from outside the arc to the right that found nothing but net as Knights went up 74-72. A Falmouth turnover with 20 seconds left put the ball and the game in Sandwich hands.
From the opening tip, the score bounced back and forth. Sandwich opened with a 3-pointer by Carly Whittle and built a 13-4 lead, until with 3:22 left in the first quarter DiCecco put together two 3-point plays and then banked a shot in off the glass to give the Clippers their first lead of the night with 1:14 to play in the opening quarter. She then hit a 3-pointer to complete a run of 12 straight points, but two shots from the free by Sandwich's Shannon Mosher put the Knights up 23-20 at the end of the first quarter.
Kyra Martino hit a 3-pointer for FHS to open the second quarter and DiCecco banked one in off the backboard on a fast break as the Clippers pulled out to a 29-26 lead.
The Knights tied the game with 4:37 to play at 29-29 and then Whittle was fouled underneath the basket. She hit the free throw to give SHS a 32-29 lead.
DiCecco drained a 3-pointer and Adams answered for the Knights as neither team managed more than a two-point lead as the score bounced back and forth, with the Knights holding a 38-37 lead at the break.
DiCecco scored 22 of her points in the first half, hitting two of her 3-pointers and went 4 for 4 from the line.
Sandwich managed a small lead early in the third, but a steal and layup by DiCecco tied the game at 42-42. Sandwich built a seven-point lead with 1:16 to play, but the Clippers charged back with Taylor Miller banking in a jump shot at the buzzer to cut the SHS lead to 51-50.
Two quick baskets down low by Miller three minutes into the fourth quarter put Falmouth on top 56-53. The Knights regained the lead, but a 3-pointer by DiCecco gave the Clippers a 59-57 advantage. Sandwich tied the game with 1:22 remaining in a jumper by Whittle. With 42 seconds on the clock DiCecco held onto the ball allowing the clock to run down. With 15 seconds left she moved up to the 3-point arc and tried to get the ball inside to Miller, but Caroline McKenna intercepted the pass for the Knights. There was not enough time left on the clock for Sandwich to capitalize on the turnover, sending the game into OT.
Falmouth held a three-point lead with 2:21 to play in the first overtime, but a 3-pointer from the top of the key by McKenna knotted the score at 64-64. The final two minutes was all defense at both ends of the floor, forcing a second OT.
Miller, who had a big night off the glass, finished with 18 points. Martino had seven points, including a 3-pointer. Sara Buscher and Nicole Gonsalves put in quality minutes at both ends of the floor.
Sandwich was led by Adams with 23 points, including three 3-pointers. Each team finished the night with seven 3-pointers, a testament to how tough the defense at both ends played down low. Sandwich was 19 for 24 from the line, while FHS was 5 for 8.