Marengo Edged Out 62-56 In Overtime Sectional Loss
In a battle of two willful teams, the Carmel Corsairs managed to squeeze out a 62-56 win overtime win in the Feb. 18 semi-final of the Carmel IHSA 3A Sectional Tournament. Despite holding a 25-17 halftime lead, the Indians (24-7 Overall) faced a confused Corsair defense struggling to find a way to stop Marengo in the third quarter. Marissa Knobloch (17 points) sunk a “down the street” three-pointer that seemed to deflate the home team.
“Carmel came out in man-to-man defense to start the second half, and at one point, they tried a 3-2 zone until Knobloch made a deep three-pointer,” said Marengo head coach Nick Rode. “They went back man to man…I think they were searching for answers defensively, until they started to score a bit more and their crowd got into it. Once the atmosphere picked up, Carmel defenders just seemed to rise up.”
Carmel scored 31 points in the final two quarters to knot the score 48-48, and made 10-14 free throws to aid the effort. Marengo shot 7 for 21, during that time, and 4-4 in charity shots. Jennifer Heinberg (13) matched Knobloch with a trio of three-point baskets, and Jordan Park (14) led Marengo scorers.
In the overtime, Erin Haeflinger (4) got Marengo close 57-56, with 0:42-seconds left, but Carmel’s five free throws put the game out of reach. “We could feel that each possession was getting to be more of a battle of wills, each team wanted it,” said Rode. “When that happens, it becomes more difficult to find easy baskets. We had some opportunities close to the hoop that didn’t fall... our goal was more player and ball movement for a scoring opportunity we liked.”
The Indians won the Feb. 14 IHSA Class 3A Woodstock Regional title, overcoming Marian Central 50-43 after falling behind and being outrebounded on the boards. Haeflinger, who scored 13 points to lead the Indians, and Hannah Ritter (7) propelled the Marengo fourth quarter drives, as the lead changed hands eight times, and Ritter finished with 10 assists.
It was the team’s second consecutive regional title, to coincide with the Kishwaukee River Conference crown. “Our victory at Burlington Central (Jan. 18) was incredibly memorable because the conference championship was at stake… the Marian Central win was definitely a milestone that won’t be forgotten around here anytime soon,” said Rode.
The Indians placed sixth overall, out of eight teams, with 91.0 total points at the Feb. 2 IHSA Class 2A Rochelle Regional Tournament. Connor Ray (126 lb.) took third place by a pin fall, Jake Doyle (132) took first place by a 6-1 decision, Cameron Miller (145) finished in 2nd place losing an MD 18-8, Stan Dawiec (160) finished 4th dropping a pin fall, and Michael Macias (182) finished in 4th place by a pin fall.
No team points were scored for the Indians at the Feb. 8-9 IHSA Class 2A Geneseo Sectional Tournament. In the 126lb. championship round, Connor Ray lost by fall, received a bye in the consolation first round, and lost by fall in the consolation second round. Jake Doyle (132) received a bye in the championship first round, and lost by sudden victory in the quarterfinal. In the consolation Round 2, Doyle took a 6-1 dec., and was defeated again by sudden victory in the third round.
In the 145lb. weight Round 1 championship, Cameron Miller won by an 8-4 dec., lost in the quarterfinal by a 7-3 dec., and lost by an 11-7 dec. in the Round 2 consolation.
The Indians were defeated in the opening semi-final round of the Feb. 27 IHSA Class 3A Genoa-Kingston Regional Tournament, losing to the Cogs 53-38, ending their season. Third-seeded Marengo (15-14) benefited from Matt Volkening (14 points) tossing in 11 points, during the third quarter, but couln’t close the gap. Nick Wascher (8), Brock Bertrand (6), and Jack Bibbings (5) led the Indians’ scoring.XXXXXX In the Feb. 16 game at Woodstock, Volkening (23) hit five three-pointers in a 65-50 Kishwaukee River Conference win. Finn Schirmer (15), Alden Smith (11, 3 three-pointers) rounded ut the scoring. Bertrand snagged 14 rebounds for Marengo.