Watters scores and passes Rockford to overtime win over Grand Rapids ChristianBasketball  |
Grand Rapids – All eyes were focused entirely on Rockford sophomore guard Madeline Watters as the final seconds slipped away during an exciting finish Tuesday night at Grand Rapids Christian.
Watters had scored all six of her team's points in overtime.
On the final possession, however, with everyone expecting her to put up the last shot, she instead found teammate Kadison Klausing all alone underneath the basket for a layup that clinched a 62-61 upset.
It was just the sort of unselfish play the Rams needed to secure an important win.
“We just had to battle, pass the ball and move the ball,” Watters said. “I knew my teammates would be able to finish. I was a little (surprised to see her so open). I knew that someone was going to be open.”
Watters led the Rams (5-3) with 26 points.
She hit a running shot at the start of OT, split a pair of free throws and then made her lone 3-point field goal of the contest from the right side of the arc to snap a 57-57 tie with less a minute left in the extra period.
Christian (6-3) rallied for a one-point lead behind a 3-pointer from junior guard Heaven Jobe, a pair of free throws from senior center Rachel Warners and junior forward Arnetta Abbey's short shot with 19.5 seconds remaining.
Up stepped the youngest player on the court to make the biggest play of the night.
“We ran up against her and she's one of the best guards in the area,” Christian coach Tom Buteyn said of Watters. “I thought we did a nice job against her, especially on defense in the second half. But she's good enough that she's going to get her points. That's just the kind of play