LCA falls in OT to Rockwell, Anquin

Jan 23 2014 - 11:21pm

LAYTON -- The Layton Christian Academy girls basketball team was helpless against Rockwell's one-girl show Thursday night.

Sophomore Jakhari Albritton finished with a team-high 17 points and three Eagles scored in double figures, but it wasn't enough as Rockwell defeated Layton Christian 48-47 in overtime.

"Definitely hanging their heads a little right now, but once again, I've been telling them all year this is a learning year," Layton Christian coach Rob Zepeda said. "It's okay to make mistakes this year. They're freshmen playing against seniors, so we're not worried about it - we're just going to keep moving forward."

Rockwell senior Anga Anquin finished with a game-high 34 points, including the game-tying 3 with 9.5 seconds in regulation as well as what ended up being the game-winning 3 in overtime. Anquin shot the ball a staggering 46 times, accounting for 62.2 percent of her team's total shot attempts. Anquin also hoisted up 26 shots from 3-point range.

"Over 40 times and she averages nine made 3s a game, so we definitely wanted pressure on her," Zepeda said. "That didn't happen."

Layton Christian freshman Kimbryanna Smith had an opportunity to tie the game with 9.5 seconds left, but missed a free throw after making one to pull the Eagles within a point. Albritton grabbed the offensive rebound but her follow-up attempt was blocked and Rockwell ran out the clock.

Layton Christian (1-12, 1-3 Region 14) appeared to have the game under control, leading 43-37 in the final minute of regulation, but Anquin buried a 3 with 38 seconds left to cut the Eagles' lead in half. With Layton Christian ahead 43-42 with 18.4 seconds left, Albritton knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Eagles a 45-42 advantage.

Anquin immediately brought the ball down the court and with 9.1 seconds left buried another 3 to tie the game. Albritton managed to get off a last-second jumper at the buzzer, but it was blocked.

"That was our fault," Zepeda said. "We had a six-point lead and all we needed to do was hang onto the ball and just pass it around. Use the clock as our friend. That didn't happen. We lost the game more than they won."

Albritton made another free throw in overtime to give the Eagles a one-point lead, but once again, Anquin answered with a 3 - the last basket Rockwell (4-11, 2-3 Region 14) would need to win the game.

Layton Christian got off to a fast start, jumping ahead 12-6 late in the first quarter, while Anquin struggled to find her shot. Anquin missed her first eight shots and finished the first quarter with just three points on 1-of-11 shooting.

The Eagles' defense softened in the second quarter though and Anquin made Layton Christian pay. Anquin scored 16 points in the second quarter to help give Rockwell a 30-25 halftime lead.

"Not enough pressure on the ball," Zepeda said. "Bottom line, she was able to move around, she was able to work the give-and-go, and she was moving well without the ball."

Anquin once again went cold in the third quarter and Layton Christian re-established a lead, outscoring Rockwell 10-3 in the period to take a 35-33 lead. The Eagles started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to give themselves an eight-point lead, their largest of the game, before the Marshalls came back.

Freshman Heather Martin-Chan scored 11 points for the Eagles while sophomore Felica Marshall added 10. Aside from Anquin, Layton Christian held Rockwell to 2-of-28 shooting.

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