Delone Catholic's Elise Knobloch buried a 3-pointer from the right wing for her only hoop of the night to force a second overtime period. But when the dust settled, such heroics weren't enough.
Without its top-three scorers in the second extra session, the Squirettes didn't have enough to overcome Camp Hill, falling to the Lions 67-64 in the semifinals of the District 3 Class AA girls basketball tournament Monday night.
The loss puts Delone into the third place game, where it will face Trinity, which lost Monday's other semifinals game to York Catholic 36-32. The winner of the third-place game — which is scheduled for Thursday at a time and place to be determined — will qualify for the PIAA Tournament, while the loser will have its season come to a close.
Delone (21-6) saw three players foul out of the contest with junior Ally Shipley being the first, as she exited with 1:27 to go in regulation. Sophomore Jill Novak followed her to the bench with one second to go in regulation, and finally senior Maddie Comly fouled out with 41 seconds to play in the first overtime.
"It's really unfortunate to not have your best players on the floor at the end of a game like that," Delone head coach Gerry Eckenrode said. "We had so many kids in foul trouble tonight and it was hard to play without them. That said, give credit to Camp Hill. They out-hustled us on the glass and played harder than we did tonight."
Camp Hill (20-4) trailed 55-51 with 15 seconds left in regulation before a Leah Springer 3-pointer sliced the Lions' deficit to 55-54. Following Karley Coleman's missed free throw for Delone, Springer was fouled with 1.6 seconds left on a drive to the bucket and she split the charity tosses to tie the game at 55.
It was Springer that gave the Lions a three-point lead with 10 seconds to go in the first overtime when she again split a pair of free throws.
Knobloch then took the inbounds pass and weaved her way up the floor before pulling up from the right wing and pocketing the tying points to force the second overtime.
The Lions went without a field goal in the second overtime, but made 5-of-8 from the foul line for all of their points in the frame. For the night, Camp Hill made just 22-of-40 from the foul line.
"Generally we're pretty good at the foul line," Camp Hill head coach Mark Clarke said. "Tonight we weren't and it almost cost us the game."
The first half saw four lead changes and three ties with the first quarter ending even, 11-11. Then Comly opened the second quarter scoring with a jumper with 7:38 left in the half.
Camp Hill responded with a 9-0 spurt to take its biggest lead of the game before the Squirettes rallied to tie the game on Karley Coleman's 3-pointer from the left corner with 10 seconds to go in the half. A reverse layup by Kelsey Collingsworth gave the Lions a 26-24 halftime advantage.
"We didn't play focused or smart in the first half, at all," Eckenrode said. "They came ready to go tonight and we really didn't."
An Addi Guyer 3-pointer and a Diamond Bragg bucket opened the second half for Camp Hill and it was 31-24 in favor of the Lions, but Delone scored the next nine and held a 38-35 advantage heading for the final stanza.
For the game, there were nine lead changes and 11 ties.
Comly led everyone with 24 points and also had five rebounds and six assists. Shipley added 10 for the Squirettes and Coleman knocked down three triples to finish with nine.
Guyer paced the winners with 18 points to go with six rebounds and five assists, while Springer had 16 points and nine boards.
Camp Hill 67, Delonce Catholic 64
Camp Hill (67)
Stevens 1 0-0 2, Sydney Newman 4 0-0 10, Kelsey Collingsworth 4 2-4 12, Trimmer 1 1-4 3, Herr 1 0-0 2, Bragg 1 2-4 4, Addie Guyer 5 6-8 18, Leah Springer 2 11-20 16.
Totals — 19 22-40 67.
Delone Catholic (64)
Maddie Comly 5 11-12 24, Singleton 1 0-0 3, Laughman 1 1-2 3, Novak 3 0-0 6, Ally Shipley 4 1-2 10, Knobloch 1 0-0 3, Eser 2 0-2 4, Coleman 3 0-1 9, Alberghini 0 0-0 0, Apgar 0 0-0 0, Neiderer 0 0-0 0, Riner 0 2-4 2, Miller 0 0-0 0.
Totals — 20 15-24 64.
Camp Hill111592075—67Delone Catholic1113141772—64
3-Point Goals — CH 7 (Newman 2, Collingsworth 2, Guyer 2, Springer), DC 9 (Comly 3, Coleman 3, Singleton, Shipley, Knobloch).