Mount Everett's Carpenter scores 1,000th point in overtime loss to Mount Greylock
SHEFFIELD — With 3 minutes and 2 seconds left in the third quarter, Mount Everett's Gwendolyn Carpenter sank a driving layup, making her the seventh member of Mount Everett's 1,000-point club. Even after reaching a prestigious milestone, Carpenter's shot was far from the most stressful one of the night, as Lauren Howard made a free throw with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime to help Mount Greylock pull out a 61-60 win.
For the second consecutive meeting, these two South Division teams needed overtime to decide a winner. And just like the first, a two-overtime decision in the Gene Wein Tournament, the Mounties emerged the victors.
Carpenter, with one pressure shot already under her belt, started off the late fireworks by sinking a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
After Carpenter tied the game at 60 late in the extra period, Howard drew a foul underneath the basket with 1.6 seconds to go. Howard made the first foul shot and missed the second. The Eagles called timeout with .8 second remaining, but Carpenter could not replicate her magic, as her last-ditch heave fell short.
The loss kept Carpenter from having a perfect milestone night. But the sophomore was still moved by what she accomplished.
"I knew it was going to happen at some point, but it's not just an accomplishment for myself, it's for my teammates and my coaches and the whole program," she said of the milestone. "It was so cool to get it in front of the home crowd. It was crazy loud in here and I just can't thank all the people who helped me get to where I am enough."
Howard's heroics highlighted an up-and-down game for Greylock at the charity stripe. The Mounties shot 5 of 9 from the line in overtime. Their shooting percentage from the line was far from perfect, but Howard still had the poise to sink the winner.
"We missed a few early in the game, but it doesn't matter whether you make them early or late — they still add up in the positive side," Greylock coach John Jacobbe said. "You've got to step up to the line with confidence no matter what the score is. ... We had Lauren at the line, who is are best free throw shooter. And I thought Sarah Stripp had a senior leadership game."
Stripp was key down the stretch, scoring four of her 10 points in overtime. Each point was crucial, as Everett double-teamed center Jenna Benzinger hard in the post, keeping her off the scoreboard in overtime. Benzinger was still a strong presence on defense, however, as her block set up at a fastbreak layup from Stripp with 30 second left. Benzinger had a team-high 23 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks. The Brown basketball commit, along with Howard (10 points), gave the Mounties size inside that Everett could not contain.
"Jenna is 6-4 foot and experienced in the post," Jacobbe said. "Lauren plays on the wing and can shoot the 3. We're working on getting her better post moves. As she develops inside-outside she's going to get that much better."
For Eagles, they suffered another tough loss at the hands of the Mounties. Despite the milestone hanging over their heads, Scott Rote said his players embraced the challenge and wanted to get Carpenter her 1,000th point early. He compared the game to a concert, saying the 1,000th point was the warmup, while the game is the actual main event.
The young Eagles appeared up to the challenge, holding Greylock to only three points in the second quarter to take a 18-16 lead into halftime. The game was close the rest of the way, with neither team taking larger than a four-point lead. Carpenter led the way with 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
"You look at the size they have and the size we have, on paper people probably say Greylock is the better team," Rote said. "But we just seem to have something in us. We just play them hard. Two times, overtimes game. Both times we had a chance at the end."
Carpenter added that poor free throw shooting in overtime prevented Everett from pulling out the win. She credited Benzinger for being a force down low and said the team can learn from these close games.
"In the end we had a young team out there," she said. "The experience is really good for them I think."
MOUNT GREYLOCK (61)
Ross 3-1-7, Locklear 0-1-1, Albert 4-0-9, Stripp 3-2-10, Howard 2-7-11, Benzinger 7-9-23. Totals: 19-20-61.
MOUNT EVERETT (60)
Von Ruden 0-1-1, Carpenter 7-16-33, Hill 0-2-2, Devoti 2-0-4, Ullrich 2-1-5, Netzer 3-0-8, Krom 2-0-4, Beckwith 0-1-1, Seward 1-0-2. Totals 16-21-60
Everett 7 11 13 23 6 --- 60
Greylock 13 3 17 21 7 --- 61
3-point baskets --- MG 3 (Albert 1, Stripp 2). ME 5 (Carpenter 3, Netzer 2).
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