DELPHOS — The Jefferson Wildcats played host to the Antwerp Archers in girls basketball Tuesday night.

Delphos used a fourth-quarter rally to hold off the Archers 47-44.

Antwerp senior standout Rachel Williamson sunk two from downtown early in the first but was equally matched by 3-point bombs from Addy Stewart and Devyn Carder. Carder hit her second three with under 10 seconds remaining in the quarter to tie it up at 13-13.

The Wildcats struggled to find the net in the second as they went just 2 for 10 from the field. The poor shooting percentage allowed the Archers to keep the game close and with three minutes remaining in the half, Antwerp took the lead 21-19. Alli McClurg made four straight trips to the charity stripe in the final two minutes but only converted one out of six attempts. Antwerp went in to the locker room with a narrow 24-21 lead.

The Archer lead was short lived in the third quarter. Addy Stewart hit a layup to start the half and Sarah Miller drained a three to propel Jefferson back in the lead. Macy Wallace followed with a three of her own to get the Wildcat mojo going. Jefferson found itself in foul trouble late in the third and Antwerp capitalized on the mistakes at the free throw line. Aggressive play allowed the Archers to tie it up at 29-29 before Wallace hit her second three pointer in the quarter. The ‘Cats maintained the lead until Kortney Smith sunk a jump shot with time expiring in the quarter. Antwerp managed to pull ahead 33-32 going in to the final quarter of the contest.

The Archers started the fourth quarter on a 9-1 run. Four different players got in on the action during the run including a three pointer by Williamson. After falling behind 44-33, the Wildcats went on a terror. The Jefferson defense held the Archers scoreless in the final six minutes of play while putting up fourteen of their own. Miller drained a long two-point jump shot to give Jefferson the lead 45-44 with 1:50 remaining. Wallace went 2 for 2 from the charity stripe in the waning seconded to put the nail in the coffin, and the Wildcats won in dramatic fashion 47-44.

Jefferson head coach David Hoffman was pleased with his team’s performance: “Our first half wasn’t the greatest; we didn’t match up and stop some of their drives to the hoop. The second half we got after them a little more. The intensity picked up on our side, and we made big shots when we needed to.

“Basically, it’s one of those games you survive. We played hard enough and well enough in the second half to get the job done. I also thought our players came off the bench and did an excellent job.”

Antwerp (44)

Hope Smith 5-10 2-5 12, Rachel Williamson 3-9 2-2 11, Ashley Miller 3-6 0-2 6, Heather Oberlin 3-6 0-0 6, Karsyn Brumett 2-4 0-0 4, Tiera Gomez 1-2 1-2 3, Kortney Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Total 18-39 5-11 44

Jefferson (47)

Macy Wallace 5-12 2-2 14, Devyn Carder 3-6 2-4 11, Sarah Miller 4-9 0-0 9, Addy Stewart 2-2 0-0 5, Ayron McClurg 1-3 2-2 4, Delaney Deuel 1-2 0-1 2, Alli McClurg 0-8 2-8 2, Total 16-42 8-17 47

Antwerp 13 11 9 11 -44

Jefferson 13 8 11 15 -47

(JV)

Antwerp 0 2 11 0 -13

Jefferson 2 4 10 23 -39