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Alter resists Badin rally to win regional title

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Christina Hart, Alter’s co-coach with Kendal Peck, said she hasn’t forgotten what it felt like to cut the net after a game like that.

“No, but I’ll tell you, it never gets old,” she said. “This team is really special because they have never experienced that. So to be able to experience that with them was really great.

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Badin’s Mahya Lindesmith dribbles to the basket defended by Alter’s Karlie Romer during their Girls’ Division II Regional Final basketball game Friday, March 4, 2022 at Springfield High School in Springfield. Alter won 45-35. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Badin's Mahya Lindesmith dribbles to the basket defended by Alter's Karlie Romer during their Girls' Division II Regional Final basketball game Friday, March 4, 2022 at Springfield High School in Springfield.  Alter won 45-35.  NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Badin’s Mahya Lindesmith dribbles to the basket defended by Alter’s Karlie Romer during their Girls’ Division II Regional Final basketball game Friday, March 4, 2022 at Springfield High School in Springfield. Alter won 45-35. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Jada Pohlen, who scored her 1,000th career point in the contest, led the Rams (21-7) with 10 points while fellow senior Lindesmith had eight.

“It takes a lot to get here, and I’m proud of our girls,” Badin coach Tom Sunderman said. “We went too far into a hole. We forced a few shots, but went back on what we had done. We told them to shoot with confidence, let go and play “D” and see what happens. We put it on the line, so I’m not disappointed.

Alter defeated Badin for the third time this season and will face Columbus Bishop Hartley in the state semifinals at 8 p.m. Thursday at UD Arena.

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The Knights earned the opportunity by jumping on the Rams and then hanging on late.

The teams traded the lead four times in the first six minutes before the Knights began a long 11-0 run that lasted until Lindesmith made two free throws with 3:27 left in the second. quarter.

Romer, a 5-foot-10 senior, started Alter’s run with a pair of free throws with 4:20 on the clock in the first quarter that gave Alter a 6-5 lead. Hannah Mayse extended the lead with a 3-pointer two possessions later and then both teams struggled to score.

Moody extended the lead with a layup early in the second quarter, then she set up a layup for Riley Smith to make it 13-5.

Smith answered a pair of free throws from Lindesmith with a mid-range jumper, and Moody made two free throws with less than 10 seconds left to set the halftime margin at 17-7.

It moved to 23-7 before Badin junior Katherine Beeber hit a 3-pointer with 3:35 left in the third quarter to end a field goal drought that lasted more than two full quarters.

Alter’s lead peaked at 27-10 late in the third quarter, but the Rams regained some life early in the fourth quarter.

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Archbishop Alter’s Riley Smith goes to the hoop during their Girls’ Division II Regional Final basketball game against Badin on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Springfield High School in Springfield. Alter won 45-35. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Archbishop Alter's Riley Smith goes to the hoop during their Girls' Division II Regional Final basketball game against Badin on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Springfield High School in Springfield.  Alter won 45-35.  NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Archbishop Alter’s Riley Smith goes to the hoop during their Girls’ Division II Regional Final basketball game against Badin on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Springfield High School in Springfield. Alter won 45-35. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

A 3-pointer from Ella Mangino and an old-school three-pointer from Pohlen cut the deficit to 37-33 with 2:98 to go, and later a free throw from Beeber made it a game away. a possession with 1:15 to play.

“They hit a couple 3s,” Hart said. “That’s what they do. You knew they weren’t going to stay cold all night. I think we did a great job setting the tone in the first half with our defence. They scratched and they scratched. We doubled up when we weren’t supposed to a few times, and they picked up momentum. They hit some 3s. It will happen.

Sunderman said he told his team to keep believing they could come back throughout the game.

“Maybe we should have been a bit more aggressive earlier, but defensively we did a great job,” he said. “If you only allow 17 points (in one half) you’re probably going to win this game – especially for us who average 54 points per game. But we weren’t getting there on the offensive side.

Moody, a 6-1 freshman, was the most consistent offensive threat for both teams all night, finding ways to score around the basket and providing a great defensive presence.

Sophomores Smith and Mayse had a combined 11 points as young contributors continued to be important to Alter, as has been the case all year with Smith averaging 14.2 points per game and Moody behind her at 11.8.

“They bring in freshmen and sophomores, and it doesn’t say freshman or sophomore on their uniform — it says Alter,” Sunderman said. “That’s what we told our daughters. I thought they had a good game plan. Their size hurt us in the long run. We saw that in the movies. We probably could have kicked a little earlier, gotten more kicks, but kudos to them.