Catalina Foothills senior Kelsey Siemons poured in 25 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked four shots but it wasn’t enough to overcome Ironwood Ridge at home in a 48-45 overtime loss Tuesday night.
Ironwood Ridge (2-0) was led by junior standout Natalie Bartle who scored 19 points in the game including a deep 3-pointer with 1:46 left in overtime to draw the game even at 44-44. Bartle went on to sink two free throws to give the Nighthawks a 46-44 lead with 43.8 seconds left.
Freshman guard Bella Hamel made a free throw to cut the lead down to 46-45 with 9.4 seconds left but Nicole Feltman put the game away for Ironwood Ridge with a breakaway layup with 2.3 seconds left in overtime…
Ironwood Ridge 48, Catalina Foothills 45, OT
IR 14-8-11-8-7: 48
CF 7-6-10-19-4: 45
IR: N. Bartle 19 4-4; C. Finster 10 2-3; Feltman 8; B. Brenna 4; L. Navis 4 2-2; T. McCall 3. 3-Pointers: Bartle 3; McCall. 48 (8-9)
CF: K. Siemons 25; B. Hamel 8 4-5; E. Chua 4 0-1; A. Nicholson 4-4; N. Conway 2-4; B. Callie 2-3. 3-Pointers: K. Siemons 2. 45 (12-17)
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