CANTON — You can’t teach clutch. And with the game on the line, Canton-Galva High School sophomore Katie Fiedler proved how clutch she is.
With the game tied at 40 with 5.9 seconds remaining, Fiedler calmly drained a pair of free throws to lift CGHS to a win over visiting Elyria Christian School. Fiedler finished with eight points, with her last four points crucial to Canton-Galva’s success.
“Those free throws and her defensive performance were outstanding,” Canton-Galva head coach Dean Scott said. “I told the girls at halftime to put more pressure on their guards, and that helped us out a lot.”
The final 12 seconds were chaos, and both teams had their chances. Canton-Galva trailed by two and turned the ball over on what could have been their last possession.
But Fiedler came up with a huge steal and turned it into a layup to tie the game at 40. ECS traveled on the next possession, giving CGHS a chance to draw up a game-winning play.
A foul away from the ball sent Fiedler to the line, where she sent the home crowd into a frenzy by nailing the game winning free throws.
But it was Elyria who started the game with the edge. After a back and forth first seven minutes, ECS went on a 7-0 run in the final minute that gave them a 13-5 lead after one.
ECS extended their lead to as many as eight before CGHS was able to pull within three. ECS led by five at halftime, but the third quarter belonged to Canton-Galva.
CGHS scored the first seven points of the second half, and went on a 17-6 run before Elyria’s Misha Redenbaugh cut the deficit to four with a layup near the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter featured a few lead changes and a whole lot of drama. Canton-Galva is happy to get a crucial Wheat State League. Elyria is wishing for this one back.
“We had every chance to put this one away,” ECS head coach Greg Fields said. “We need to value the ball a little more and cut down on turnovers under pressure. A lot of credit goes to Canton-Galva for making plays when they needed to.”
Freshman Emma Ruddle led CGHS in scoring with 15 points. Kelli Nightingale pitched in with 10.
Elyria was led offensively by the Redenbaugh sister. Misha scored 12 while Melea scored 11. Christin Vetter joined the two in double figures with 10.
CGHS takes on Peabody-Burns on Tuesday. ECS is home to Centre on Tuesday.
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