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February 4, 2014

Royal Oak girls use tough defense to stop Southfield 35-29 in overtime

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Royal Oak girls use tough defense to stop Southfield 35-29 in overtime
Southfield's Courtney Williams goes up for a shot during Tuesday night's game against Royal Oak. Williams scored 14 points, but the Ravens fell 35-29 in overtime.

SOUTHFIELD — The offense was scrambled, a series of perimeter passes leading nowhere.

The clock was running down, an overtime session with less than 90 seconds now remaining.

And Sam Bartelotti had seen just about enough.

So she launched a 3-pointer.

“I just wanted to make it,” she said.

“That was pretty huge,” Royal Oak High girls basketball coach Brian Sopata said with a smile about Bartelotti’s shot, the game-winner for the Ravens Tuesday night that clinched a 35-29 victory against Southfield High. “She’s capable of that all day.”

On this night, it was all the Ravens needed in the overtime.

Jessica Ross hit three free throws a few moments later to officially put the game out of reach, but Royal Oak’s defense proved to be the difference, holding the Lady Jays scoreless in the extra period.

“It’s a tough loss,” Southfield coach Jamie Glinz said. “I thought there was a lot of good defense played tonight, by both teams. … The lid just went on the bucket for us in overtime.”

Breathing room was tough to come by in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division battle.

The teams were tied 8-8 after the first quarter, Southfield held a 13-12 lead at halftime and a 21-20 advantage heading into the fourth.

Royal Oak had a chance at the end of regulation to win, but a last-second shot was blocked by Courtney Williams, sending the 29-29 game to overtime.

“I was very proud of the way we battled,” Sopata said. “This is kind of who we are. We’re going to play good defense, and hopefully find enough scoring.”

Ross led the Ravens with 15 points in the win, while Bartelotti added nine.

Royal Oak improves to 9-5 overall and 6-3 in Blue play.

Williams scored 14 to lead Southfield (4-7, 3-4), while Stormeigh Mattison added eight.

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