Spring Grove High girls' basketball player Miranda Markle can't remember the hard foul that sent her to the free-throw line with no time left in regulation Friday night. Perhaps she'll remember the result.

Markle made the first of two shots to send her team to overtime against South Western. The Rockets then won, 55-51, behind the free-throw shooting of Ashley Madison, who went 7-for-9 and made at least four in overtime.

"Miranda is a great free-throw shooter," Rockets coach Gerry Rohrbaugh said. "I have no problem with her being up there. Ashley did a great job with the free throws.

"We've been working on them. There's some games we're not so good. But tonight the senior came through."

The Rockets nearly didn't reach overtime.

Spring Grove s Morgan Arden attempts to get past South Western s defense Friday night at Spring Grove. She finished with a season-high 31 points.
Spring Grove s Morgan Arden attempts to get past South Western s defense Friday night at Spring Grove. She finished with a season-high 31 points. (THE EVENING SUN SHANE DUNLAP)

They received the ball with 5.1 seconds left, but a player traveled after catching the inbound pass. The Mustangs' ensuing inbound pass was never touched before it traveled out of bounds, and the Rockets received the ball again with 4.1 seconds.

The play led to Markle being fouled. When she went to the line, Madison encouraged her, but Markle still felt pressure.

"A lot," she said, her voice quavering. "It's a lot of pressure, but you got to rely on your training from practice. I just kind of pretend it's not there, the pressure."

Markle made the first one -- "They say that's the clutch one," Rohrbaugh said -- but missed the second to tie the score at 46 going into overtime. Her team picked her up by going on a 6-0 run to start the three-minute period.


"They were tired, and we were still playing our game," Rohrbaugh said. "We like to run. I think everybody knows that. We're a good team if we get out, attack the basket and run."

South Western's Amy Spigelmyer scored her team's lone five points in overtime, giving her a team-high 21 points. Spring Grove's Morgan Arden outshone Spigelmyer with a season-high 31 points. The performance was impressive considering her teammates had just 24 points.

"She's just a great athlete," Rohrbaugh said. "She loves basketball. That's all she does. That's what makes her so special. She'll do anything.

"It's a lot (of pressure on her to score). They've been throwing everything at us. I expected that if she started having big numbers. We see all kinds of defenses. She's doing fine."

The game was part of an event to raise funds for the Heather Baker Foundation, which donates money to families in the York County area with members who are battling cancer. Baker was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after giving birth to her youngest son and died March 8, 2010.

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   Jenna Hoffnagle 5 0-0 11, Amy Spigelmyer 8 3-8 21, Dell 1 0-2 2, Thomas 3 0-0 6, Bull 1 0-0 2, Rebert 2 0-0 4, Arey 1 3-10 5, Schmidt 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 6-20 51.
   Madison 1 6-8 8, Markle 1 1-2 3, Osborne 2 2-4 6, Morgan Arden 14 1-1 31, Gregory 0 3-4 3, Bently 2 0-0 4, Hagerman 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-20 55.
South Western   12  12    8  14    5 -- 51
Spring Grove   12  14  12    8    9 -- 55
   3-point goals -- South Western 3 (Hoffnagle, Spigelmyer 2); Spring Grove 2 (Arden 2).
   JV score -- South Western 30, Spring Grove 26.