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Girls HS Hoops: St. Joseph Academy Jaguars Top Padua in Overtime Thriller 40-35

The Saint Joseph Academy Jaguars posted their seventh straight win on Saturday, but it wasn’t easy, as they were taken to overtime before finally overcoming the Padua Bruins 40-35.

Molly Neitzel led the way for the Jaguars with 21 points while guard Gabbie Schafer posted a team-high 12 rebounds.

Freshman Ava Haddad also added nine rebounds in the victory, which puts the Jaguars at 7-3 on the season and 4-1 in North Coast League play.

St. Joseph outscored the Bruins 7-2 in overtime after Bruins senior Alex Pillin sank a game tying layup with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

The overtime saw the Jaguars convert on some key Padua turnovers to be able to pull away with the win.

The lady Bruins were led by junior Madison Miles with 13 points in the setback, which puts Padua at 3-8 on the season.

Padua will be back in action on Monday as they will be back at home to face Cloverleaf at 7pm.

Saint Joseph Academy will travel to Hathaway Brown High School for a matchup on Wednesday at 7pm.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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