Momentum swings in No. 13 Holy Name’s favor in 58-56 girls basketball overtime victory over No. 20 Rocky River

By Stephanie Kuzydym, Northeast Ohio Media Group | January 15, 2014


Holy Name senior Kim Cook shouts in jubilation after she makes a layup and draws a foul in No. 13 Holy Name’s girls basketball game. (Stephanie Kuzydym, Northeast Ohio Media Group)

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – Holy Name senior forward Kim Cook was one of the biggest reasons for the movement of the pendulum that swung from a pivot on Wednesday.

Let’s call that pivot the game between No. 13 Holy Name (10-3) and No. 20 Rocky River (7-5).

The pendulum swung back and forth, back and forth in Holy Name’s 58-56 overtime victory against host Rocky River.

Forward. Cook made that pendulum start just 41 seconds into the game when she hit the first basket of the game. Back.

Forward. Within two minutes, the Pirates gained a lead they wouldn’t let go of. Holy Name coach Kim Jones saw this coming in warm-ups. Back.

“The team looked lethargic,” she said. “Usually they’re talkative. They were pretty quiet, on the court and in the locker room.”

Forward. By the end of the first quarter, Rocky River led 18-13, while the Green Wave racked up a five-second violation, a travel and a turnover. Back.

Forward. Holy Name regained the lead for the first time since the opening 20 seconds when Cook hit a three from the top of the arc at 3:31 to go ahead 25-22, while Rocky River missed three shots, turned the ball over twice and traveled. Back.

Forward. With less than 11 seconds to go in the first half, Rocky River senior guard Kara Johanson stole the ball and eventually Andrea Chiviles put in a layup. The buzzer sounded as the scoreboard displayed 29-27 in the Pirates favor. Back.

“That layup was the dagger,” Cook said after the game. She led all Green Wave scorers with 25 points. Jackie Corrigan also added 11 points.

At the same time, the pendulum was swinging for the Pirates and Nicole Popovich was one of the biggest reasons for the movement for the Pirates. Popovich would lead all Rocky River scorers with 20 points, including 12 in the second half. Caroyln Farling would add 10 more for the Pirates.

“This would have been a great win,” Rocky River coach David Murphy said sitting alone in the team’s film room after the game. “The girls, I give them a lot of credit. They played hard. Holy Name is a good team. I thought overall we played well but not good enough to win.”

Forward. With under three minutes in the third, Holy Name junior guard Rachel Kucharczyk hit back-to-back threes to regain the lead at 44-41. Back.

Forward. As Johanson went up for a shot, Cook fouled her. Then Cook found herself with a technical after she hit the floor with her hand. She stood up stunned. It was her first time being called for a technical. Back.

Johanson hit all four free throws.

“It was when we saw a big momentum change,” Jones said. “Swung the game around a little bit.”

The score stayed within two the entire fourth quarter until with 9.9 seconds to go Chiviles made one of her two free throws. The Pirates were up 55-52.

“We told them if they go for a layup, let them, but they’re not going to because they need three so keep your hands up,” Murphy said he told his team during the timeout he took after Chiviles’ free throw shots. “That hand on the three came too late. … We didn’t communicate soon enough. That was disappointing.”

That hand he’s talking about is the one that Cook said she saw in her face.

“But when the ball left my hands, it felt good,” she said.

Her three went in and the game went to overtime.

Forward. Holy Name goes up 57-55. The Green Wave get called on a moving screen off a foul. They lose possession on a jump ball. Back.

Forward. Rocky River gets called for fouling Holy Name’s Erica Davis. She hits her first free throw, then Jackie Corrigan grabs a steal with 5.4 seconds left in overtime. Rocky River did get a last second shot off that hit the rim and fell to the right as the buzzer sounded. Back.

“I hope we learned that we have to come out with fire and play hard no matter who our opponent is,” Jones said. “We knew they were going to be tough coming in after just beating Lakewood on Saturday. Hopefully we took a lot from it and hopefully it was just a bad day for us and we can move on from there.”