2017-12-07 / Sports

Trojans Open Season With Overtime Victory After Causley’s Three-pointer

By Kevin R. Hess


At right: Trojans senior Mackenzie Barr (white, #32), battles for rebounding position among three Hillman Tigers. Barr led the team in points and rebounds, recording 14 and nine, to help Cedarville win its season opener, 44-41. At right: Trojans senior Mackenzie Barr (white, #32), battles for rebounding position among three Hillman Tigers. Barr led the team in points and rebounds, recording 14 and nine, to help Cedarville win its season opener, 44-41. Cedarville freshman Elysia Causley made her first game as a varsity basketball player a memorable one as she calmly knocked down a three-point field goal in the final seconds of regulation to tie the game and send it into overtime, where the Trojans would eventually defeat the Hillman Tigers, 44-41 Monday, November 27, in the John Duncan Memorial Gymnasium in Cedarville.

Causley’s basket was the Trojans’ only three-pointer of the game. She went out of the game minutes earlier as she battled leg cramps, but returned for the final minute of action, in time to drain the game-tying shot.

“Ely definitely stepped up and hit a big shot, which takes confidence, especially in her first game,” said Trojans Head Coach Ryan Wilson. “She is a great kid and it is exciting to see her step up in that moment as a young player.”


Cedarville Trojans Head Coach Ryan Wilson (center, kneeling) gathers his team during a time out late in the fourth quarter of the Trojans’ game against Hillman Monday, November 27, in Cedarville. Trailing by five with under a minute remaining, the Trojans battled back to tie the game and eventually win in overtime. Cedarville Trojans Head Coach Ryan Wilson (center, kneeling) gathers his team during a time out late in the fourth quarter of the Trojans’ game against Hillman Monday, November 27, in Cedarville. Trailing by five with under a minute remaining, the Trojans battled back to tie the game and eventually win in overtime. The Trojans battled back from an early 11-point deficit as they found themselves down 16-5 midway through the second quarter following an 11-0 run by Hillman. The Trojans responded with an 11-2 run to end the half trailing by just two, 18-16, and then scored the first four points of the second half to take the lead. From that point on, neither team gained larger than a five-point lead. Cedarville took a slim 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter, setting up a dramatic finish.

Hillman went on an 8-2 scoring run to take a 35-30 lead with less than three minutes remaining, but back-to-back baskets by freshman Cassidy Barr and sophomore Lily Freel cut the lead to 35-34, aided by several missed free throws by the Tigers. Hillman finally hit two free throws to take a three-point lead and set up Causley’s heroics. The Tigers were unable to get up a last-second shot and the game went into overtime.

Senior Mackenzie Barr scored the first four points of overtime, helping the Trojans to outscore Hillman 7-4 in the extra frame and secure the 44-41 victory. She led all Trojans with 14 points and nine rebounds. Causley contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Lindsay Reba led Hillman with 18 points.

The Trojans (1-0) will next host St. Ignace Wednesday, December 6.

Cedarville Statistics: Macken- zie Barr scored 14 points, nine rebounds, 6-9 free throws; Elysia Causley,12 points, six rebounds; Nadijah Wilson, seven points, five rebounds, two steals, two assists; Lily Freel, five points, five rebounds, two assists; Caroline Freel, four points; Cassidy Barr, two points.

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