The day was last Monday, January 28. The Section 3-AAAA fourth place Shaler Titans (10-10, 4-6) defeated third place Oakland Catholic (8-11, 7-4) 45-36.
“It was a true grinder of a basketball game,” said Shaler head coach Neal Martin. “It was very solid half-court defense - played solidly by both teams.”
Martin continued. “We were both getting after it and getting stopped on the defensive end. Timely scores would happen for us or for them – it was tight all the way through. It came down to the very end.”
With a minute and a half left, Shaler sought to pad a four-point lead. The Titans strategized for either an outside shot, or a layup.
Junior guard Carly Harris fired from beyond the arc, and the shot banked in. And as the clock ticked down, Shaler played the “foul” game.
Sophomore forward Andy Lydon is 6’1” and utilized as a big, but she made two clutch free throws as the game wound down. That gave the Titans the final, nine-point differential.
The competition in Shaler’s section is so fierce that the playoff picture is not yet sealed. The Titans lost to Butler on Thursday, 38-31.
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Martin. “We’re just trying to keep pace and not looking ahead right now… These kids – they’re all in. They’re a competitive bunch. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.”