ends as Dogs lose to Indians
For the fourth time in the last five years, the Cedarville High School
Indians put an end to a great year for the Yellow Springs Bulldogs. Aided
by a series of friendly whistles and a dearth of Yellow Springs starters
on the floor at the end of the game, the Indians claimed a 6461
double-overtime victory on Tuesday, March 4, in the District 15, Division
IV regional semifinal at the University of Dayton arena.
In the first half, Cedarville came out strong and dominated nearly every
aspect of the game. The Indians were able to force the Bulldogs into making
several turnovers, building a 1511 first quarter lead.
Once Cedarville had a lead, it slowed the tempo dramatically. Holding
the ball for nearly a minute on every possession, the Indians scored time
and again on penetrating drives or from the free-throw line.
Once they had fallen behind, the Bulldogs were forced to play at Cedarvilles
snails pace, and were unable to develop a rhythm offensively. The
Bulldogs also had trouble getting to the free-throw line in the first
half, finishing the half with just two free-throw attempts to Cedarvilles
10. At the end of the half Cedarville had a distinct edge in every statistical
category, leading 2818 and trailing the Dogs in fouls called,
two to eight.
YSHS recovered in third quarter, cutting Cedarvilles lead to 3529.
The Bulldogs shooting and defense improved during the period, and
Cedarville seemed to tire, committing several silly fouls near the end
of the frame. The Bulldogs found their limited success in the quarter
by working the ball inside to Dustin Rudegeair, who finished the period
with 9 points and several rebounds.
In the fourth quarter, Yellow Springs played its most inspired basketball
of the entire evening, eventually taking a 3938 lead with 4:55 left.
Despite the comeback, the Indians continued to control the tempo. The
two teams traded foul shots and layups during the final minutes, and both
teams missed opportunities to win before the end of regulation.
The crowd of over 1,000 spectators was quiet only once, when Cedarville
senior Micah Hardings last second shot danced around the rim before
falling out as the last seconds of regulation expired.
Hardings missed shot followed two free-throws by YSHS senior Brent
Robinson, who put the Dogs up 4948 with 10.6 seconds left.
On the subsequent inbounds pass, Bulldog Anthony Brandon was whistled
for a hand-check and the Indians went to the line for two shots. They
made the first, but missed the second, leading to Hardings last-second
In the first overtime, Cedarville only managed one field goal, but several
YSHS turnovers and a variety of suspect calls against the Bulldogs allowed
the Indians to stay in the game via the charity stripe. With the score
tied at 53 and only 1:58 left in overtime, Bulldog Andrew Richlen committed
his fifth personal foul when he prevented a Cedarville player from making
any easy layup.
Cedarville then held the ball for over a minute against a four-guard Bulldog
lineup, eventually notching its only field goal of the period to take
a 5553 lead. On the Bulldogs next possession, Robinson was
fouled and sent to the line again, this time needing to make both shots
to tie with 52.9 seconds left. Robinson calmly sank both shots, sending
the game to another OT.
In the second overtime, the Bulldogs foul trouble finally caught
up with them. Robinson, Rory Hotaling, Anthony Brandon and Jordan Skinner
Cedarville scored all of its points from the line in the final overtime
period, and for the game made 2435 free throws. YSHS was 13 of 15
from the line for the game.
Despite playing two starters from the JV squad and only one varsity starter
in the final minute, the Bulldogs still found themselves down by only
3 with 9.1 second left in the game. Following two Cedarville free throws,
the Bulldogs inbounded the ball and got it to Rudegeair, whose buzzer-beating
three-point attempt rimmed out. As the referees watched the shot clang
off the hoop, a dejected-looking Rudegeair picked himself up off the ground,
apparently fouled on the play.
Rudegeair was the games high scorer with 25, while Harding led Cedarville
with 19. Robinson added 18 in his last game at YSHS.
With the loss, the Bulldogs ended their season with record of 203.
Sixth-grade girls 2nd in league
The sixth-grade girls basketball team won two games and lost in the finals
to take second place in the Kenton Trace Conference tournament on Sunday,
In the opening game of the tourney, the Bulldogs beat East Clinton, 2311.
Ashanta Robinson led all scorers with 13 points, followed by Theresa Skinner
with 4. Kristen Foster, Kaci Yelton and Ryder Comstock had 2 points each.
In the semifinal game, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Wilmington, 2322,
Jessica Kellar hit a shot with a minute to play in regulation to tie the
score, and Robinson scored 4 of her team-high 10 points in overtime. In
a game where the Bulldogs made only 1 of 9 from the free-throw line, Comstocks
clutch free throw with a minute left in overtime secured a win for the
Our defense really came through for us, coach Paul Comstock
In the championship game, the Lady Bulldogs were defeated by two-time
league champion Clinton-Massie, 2012.
The game started at 10 p.m., and the worn-out Lady Bulldogs were unable
to match an experienced Clinton-Massie team, which benefited from having
a first-round bye.
Robinson again led her team with 6 points, followed by Scarver, with 4.
Kellar and Skinner also scored.
I am very proud of our team, Paul Comstock said.
The sixth-grade girls team finished 104, losing three times to Clinton-Massie.
Other members of the team are Leslie Holland, Rachel Trumbull, Élan
Orr, Jenny Barnett and Liz Zaff.