Celtics knock off (RV) OCU for first RSC win

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The Carlow women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Christian, 64-61, for its first River States Conference win Friday, at Oakland Catholic High School. The Celtics knocked off the Trailblazers, who were receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll.

Carlow (8-13/1-11) had a breakout second quarter, then fought through an OCU run in the second half and made some clutch plays down the stretch. A pair of free throws from Alexis Yanief (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) with eight seconds left sealed the victory.

Emma Stille (FR/Columbus, Ohio) led Carlow with her seventh double double of the season. She poured in 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Reanna Turner (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 13 points and six assists.

Kayla Brownlee (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Noelle Vallimont (JR/Erie, Pa.) each had a strong all-around game. Brownlee scored six points, with eight rebounds and four assists. Vallimont had six points, eight rebounds and three assists.

The Celtics entered the second quarter trailing 13-10, then started the frame with a 10-2 run. They went on to outscore the Trailblazers, 26-13, in the quarter to head into halftime with a 36-26 lead. Kylie Owoc (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) fueled Carlow in the half, scoring all nine of her points.

OCU (17-8/8-5) steadily climbed back into the game in the third quarter, cutting their deficit to as few as five points and trailing, 52-44, at the end of the quarter. They closed the gap even more at the beginning of the fourth.

With 1:56 remaining, Shawntell Parsons hit two huge back-to-back 3-pointers for OCU, cutting Carlow’s lead to 61-59. Neither team scored again till Brownlee hit one free throw with 27 seconds remaining.

With 11 seconds left, Erinn Bailey hit a short jumper to keep the Trailblazers’ hopes alive. Trailing, 62-61, OCU was forced to foul, sending Yanief to the line. She drained the pair, and the Trailblazers missed a last-second 3.

For OCU, Paige Lewis posted 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Bailey finished with 16 points, nine boards and three assists. Breyonia Hearn added 10 points and eight rebounds. Parsons had eight points, five steals and four assists.

The Celtics host Indiana University East at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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