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Corbett downs OES 51-48 to remain in second place in league

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Corbetts Emma Peterson goes up for a shot amidst a crowd of OES defenders during Thursdays 51-48 league win.

CORBETT — The Corbett girls basketball team seemed to have the game well in hand, holding Oregon Episcopal to only two baskets in the first quarter and carrying a double-digit lead through most of the night.

But then came the fourth quarter.

The visiting Aardvarks charged back in the late stages of play, trimming what was once a 17-point margin down to nothing when Erica Massaro drove to the basket to knot the game at 45-45 with 4:20 left.

The score would remain unchanged for the next three minutes as both sides had chances at the lead only to see shots rattle out. The home crowd let loose with a series of loud “Ohs” after the Cardinals came up empty on three straight attempts from under the basket.

But Taylor Patterson gave the crowd reason to cheer moments later when she spun toward the middle, stopped in her tracks and circled back the other way to a layup and a two-point lead with 1:08 on the clock.

A series of Corbett misses at the free-throw line kept the door open for the Aardvarks before a technical foul on OES coach Missy Smith sealed her team’s fate with 29 seconds to play.

Corbett (6-2) is second in the Lewis & Clark League standings at the halfway point of the season.

Look for extended game coverage in the Tuesday, Jan. 15, print edition.

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