Moreno fuels fourth quarter surge with nine points, Ramos delivers dagger in overtime
Down by 12 to the visiting Sutter Huskies at the end of the third quarter, the Colusa RedHawks were badly in need of a spark. It was Edith Moreno, the lone freshman on the RedHawks’ squad, who provided it.
After Moreno was fouled on a shot and dropped both free throws to open the scoring in the final period, the Huskies repeatedly made the mistake of sending her back to the stripe. The freshman repeatedly made them pay, shooting 7 for 9 from the free throw line and adding four points from the floor. Moreno’s 11 points, coupled with stifling defensive pressure from the RedHawks, were instrumental in a 17-3 run that put Colusa within two points with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Colusa’s pressure on defense forced a Sutter turnover with just 26 seconds to play. Following a Colusa timeout, Merissa Almeda found Amanda Thomas open near the basket, and Thomas hit the shot to knot the score at 45. Sutter would have another chance to win the game, but Chantelle Sheppard was unable to convert on a contested shot under the basket and the game headed to overtime.
“I wasn’t sure we had enough gas left in the tank, but we just picked them up and put some pressure on them, and they struggled a little bit.” Colusa head coach Darren Townsen said. “When we were playing slow against their lined-up defense, we had a hard time getting a good shot. But then the game got going up and back, and we totally gutted it out. I thought we were out of gas before that, but we did it. That was great.”
Sutter and Colusa exchanged just one basket in overtime until the period’s waning seconds, when senior Lexi Ramos got an open look from the three point line and took the shot. Before the ball had even left Ramos’ hands, Townzen’s own were already in the air.
“I have every bit of confidence in her, because I’ve see her make that shot in practice and in games a million times,” Townzen said. “I think she told me the other day that she’s never made one at the end of a game, so for her I’m super happy that she finally hit one.”