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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Bears win in come-from-behind fashion

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Trailing by 14 midway through the third quarter the Roosevelt girls’ basketball team rallied and shocked Gabriel Richard at the buzzer to win a dramatic come from behind victory 49-48 on the road Wednesday night.

Down one with seven seconds remaining the Bears Nicole Ostrowitz raced up the court and nearly lost the ball before finding a wide-open Shelby Groat for an uncontested layup that sent the Bears (9-10) home with a win in their last game of the regular season.

“I was just trying to help my team out. That was crazy,” said Groat. “I can’t believe the ball came to me and I just had to get a shot up and try to help the team out.”

“I have never done anything like that before. It was an amazing feeling.”

Four different players hit from the field for Gabriel Richard (4-11) in the first quarter as the Pioneers used a balanced offensive attack to race out to an early 14-8 first quarter lead.

Richard increased its lead in the second quarter thanks to guards Kelly Henderson and Jackie Reitmeyer.

The pair combined to score 11 second quarter points, including two buckets from behind the arc, as the Pioneers held Roosevelt to just three field goals in the frame and went into half time leading 29-15

Roosevelt made the half time adjustments that it needed and came out of the break shooting the ball extremely well.

Managing only 15 first half points the Bears scored 20 in the third quarter alone to trim a 14 point deficit down to five heading into the final frame.

The Pioneers lead 40-35 heading as the fourth quarter opened up but soon found themselves trailing after Roosevelt’s Sydney Greene scored the quarter’s first six points to give the Bears their first lead of the game 41-40 with 5:25 left.

The Pioneers answered with a 5-2 run of their own and a jumper by Chloe Grignon with 1:09 remaining gave Gabriel Richard a 45-43 lead, but it wouldn’t be enough to trump Groat’s late game heroics.

“I’ll tell you what, the second half those girls put out was unmatched,” said Roosevelt Head Coach Ron Adkins. “We laid an egg in the first half and I don’t know if it was the emotion of last game, but I am very proud of them man.”

Greene had a monster game for Roosevelt. The senior center had 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds to lead the Bears.

Alea Kainz also reached double digits for Roosevelt scoring 10 points and grabbing five boards.

Natalie Loewengruber scored a game high 16 points in a losing effort for Gabriel Richard. Reitmeyer scored 10 first half points, but was held scoreless in the second half for the Pioneers.

“He (Adkins) made some good adjustments at halftime and came back and kind of executed it,” said Gabriel Richard Head Coach Laura Guzman. “We just couldn’t get past it and we missed some easy shots down the floor when it was close and that kind of hurt us.”

Last Updated: 2/20/2014 1:22:25 PM EST