Junior guard Sarah McQuade (Dublin/Coffman) sank a pair of free throws to put Ohio Wesleyan ahead to stay, and sophomore guard Hanna Fedorka (North Canton/Massillon Jackson) hit a pair of free throws to provide the final margin as the Bishops defeated Adrian 62-59 in the championship game of the Bishop Classic/Hoops for Hope tournament, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan on Monday at Branch Rickey Arena.
In Monday’s consolation game, Mount Union pulled away in the second half to defeat Bethany 78-54.
Ohio Wesleyan erased an early 7-2 deficit to take a 13-9 lead on a 3-pointer by junior post Kristin Henning (Beavercreek) at the 11:23 mark of the first half, but the Bishops would tally only one basket during the next 7 minutes of action. The Bulldogs broke a 16-16 tie with a pair of 3-point plays by Lauren Rhoads and a pair of buckets by Jorden York, all in a span of less than 90 seconds, to open up a 26-16 lead with 4:37 left in the half.
Adrian would lead by as many as 13 points late in the first half, and still led, 54-47, after a 3-pointer by Jasmyne Owens with 5:25 remaining in regulation time.
McQuade answered with a 3-pointer for Ohio Wesleyan, and after TraeVie Shelton missed a pair of free throws, junior post LaNiece McRae (Youngstown/Chaney) converted a 3-point play to bring the Bishops within 54-53 with 4:20 to play. McQuade followed with a pair of free throws to give the Bishops a 55-54 lead.
Rhoads answered with a lay-in to give the visitors a 56-55 lead with exactly 2 minutes to play, and the Bulldogs still led, 59-58, after senior wing Julia Grimsley (Alliance) and Adrian’s Casey Fougerousse traded 3-pointers.
Fouled on a drive to the hoop, McQuade sank both free throws with :49 left to give Ohio Wesleyan a 60-59 lead.
Adrian turned the ball over with :07 to play when Rhoads was called for an offensive foul, and Fedorka was fouled on the inbounds pass and sank both free throws with :05 left, extending the Bishop lead to 62-59.
The Bulldogs got a look at a game-tying 3-point shot, but Fougerousse’s shot just before the buzzer was off the mark.
McQuade led the Bishops with 13 points. McRae finished with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, Grimsley scored 12 points, and Fedorka finished with 10 points and a game-high 8 assists.
Rhoades led Adrian with 16 points.
McQuade was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates McRae and Grimsley, Adrian’s Rhoades, Mount Union’s Sarah Grippi, and Bethany’s Taylor Verrico.
In Monday’s opener, Bethany raced to a 10-2 lead behind 6 points by Sami Schott, and the Bison still led by a 23-19 count after a lay-in by Gabrielle Naples with 6:48 left in the first half.
Mount Union then went on a 15-0 run that included 3-pointers by Annie Bova and Chandler Moore as well as a 3-point play by Kelsey Scott. Colleen Kennehan’s lay-in capped the run and gave the Purple Raiders a 34-23 lead with 4:10 to play in the period.
Bethany closed to within 36-28 at the break, but Mount Union broke the game open with a 14-0 run early in the second half, collecting 3-pointers from Abbe Bartoszewicz, Haley Hassinger, and Bova along the way, slamming the door on the Bison.
Bova led Mount Union with 15 points, while Verrico had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Bethany.