Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Iha Keeps Its Composure, Tops Nv/old Tappan in Ot

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Iha Keeps Its Composure, Tops Nv/old Tappan in Ot

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FAIR LAWN - As soon as she saw the ball fall through the net, Jackie Kelly jumped and pumped her fist. Her teammates on NV/Old Tappan's bench erupted in celebration.

After trailing Immaculate Heart by 16 points, the Golden Knights had climbed back.

Kelly's three-pointer with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter tied the game and ultimately sent it to overtime.

But the Blue Eagles had been in this situation plenty of times this season. This was another test, and once again, they passed.

Seventh-seeded IHA retook control of the game to pull out a 41- 35 overtime victory over No. 18 NV/Old Tappan in the Bergen County tournament quarterfinals Saturday at Fair Lawn High School.

"I'm really proud of our composure in overtime," coach Steve Silver said. "That's a really good sign."

Silver's team will play No. 3 Saddle River Day, which defeated No. 11 Ramapo, 63-39, in the semifinals.

Samantha Rinaldi led the Blue Eagles with nine points, including two three-pointers, while Brittany Graff and Annie Walsh each had eight.

Graff scored four of IHA's seven points in overtime.

The Golden Knights struggled shooting the ball in the first half, but they caught fire late.

"Our kids are comfortable playing in that situation, and they made the shots in the big spots," coach Brian Dunn said.

Erin Harnisch led the Knights with 13 points, and Sophie Downey had 12.

With her team trailing by 11 midway through the fourth quarter, Harnisch drained a big three-pointer.

Harnisch, who also had a key three in the third, later stole an inbound pass and closed the possession with a second-chance basket to pull NV/Old Tappan to within five points.

Noelle Gonzalez then hit a jumper to cut the Knights' deficit to 34-31, setting the stage for Kelly's heroic shot.

After upsetting No. 2 Pascack Valley in the second round, NV/Old Tappan was in position to keep its tournament ride going. …

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