Red Devils Battle Blue Jays in Epic Thriller

Photo by Chris Knight
Photo by Chris Knight

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team suffered a huge heartbreaker on Tuesday night as Johns Hopkins came away with a 66-63 decision on a controversial last second three-pointer. The shot appeared to be well after the buzzer as Johns Hopkins had just 0.4 seconds on the clock when the ball was put in play.

Rory Cole turned and banked a triple off the glass, but no one believed it counted and thought the game was heading to overtime. That was not to be the case as the officials ruled the basket was good and the Blue Jays escaped, despite an outstanding effort by the Red Devils.

The Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead, holding a 16-6 advantage with just over three minutes to play in the first quarter. The Red Devils rallied to cut the deficit in half at the end of the period, 20-15.

Junior Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) led the way as Dickinson continued to close the gap in the second quarter, pulling even at 24-24. The Blue Jays answered to take a 37-30 lead into halftime.

Hopkins built the lead back to 10 but the Red Devils were ready to counter once again. Hannah Heiring (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata) started the run, hitting a three-pointer off an assist from Halle Maeda (Santa Monica, Calif./Mira Costa) at the six-minute mark.

Maeda finished an assist from Claudia Maira (Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon) and then made a steal and hit Padalino for a lay-up to cut the margin to 42-39.

Jennifer Kremp (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown) added a free throw and Padalino knocked down a three-pointer to put the Devils up, 43-42. Maira hit a late shot to give Dickinson a 47-45 edge at the end of the third. The Devils outscored the Blue Jays 10-0 in the paint, 7-0 off turnovers and 7-1 in bench points in the quarter.

The battle waged throughout the fourth quarter as Hopkins slipped in front by five with five minutes remaining in regulation. Padalino buried a three-pointer and Heiring finished to knot the game at 56-56.

Hopkins edged in front by one, but Maeda came back with a monster three-pointer for a two-point advantage with less than a minute to play. Lillian Scott found her way to the rim to force the ninth tie of the night with 30 seconds to play.

The Red Devils ran the clock down for a final shot but missed the mark with four ticks remaining. A Hopkins timeout advanced the ball into the front court, setting up a last chance opportunity for the Blue Jays.

An errant pass led to a scramble on the sideline as the clock expired. After 0.4 seconds was put back on the clock, the Blue Jays had possession on the sideline, setting the stage for the controversial finish.

Padalino had a remarkable night, scoring 19 points, hitting 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc. She added seven rebounds and went 2-for-2 from the line.

Heiring added 13 points behind a pair of three-pointers while Kremp reached double-figures with 10 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Maeda finished with nine points, three assists and two steals. Kate Deutsch (Marlton, N.J./Camden Catholic) tallied six points and Maira had four points, four rebounds and a pair of steals.

The Red Devils slip to 9-8 overall and 6-6 in the Centennial Conference. They have another tough match-up on Thursday, traveling to conference front-runner Gettysburg College. Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm.