Hearts broken on Zettler road
Hearts Broken on Zettler
My travels took me to the highly anticipated rivalry battle between Watterson and Hartley. This one had so much on the line. A win by Watterson would clinch their 3rd straight CCL title while a Hartley win would keep them alive for a share of the title. This game was intense and the atmosphere felt like a tournament game and featured controversial calls. Early on Watterson struggled from the field thanks to Hartley’s aggressive zone. Both teams struggled offensive being tied at 6 late in the first quarter. Watterson grabbed a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. The 2nd quarter was a defensive battle as both teams struggled to score offensively. Both teams exchanged 3-pointers by Bella Parker and Camille "RealDeal" Gregory. The hawks were able finish the quarter strong thanks to Kiarra "Shifty" McElrath and Kami "2Sports" Kortokrax and took a 19-15 lead into halftime. Hartley held Watterson scoreless for the final 7 minutes of the half only allowing 3 points. Hartley extended the lead to 6 before the eagles went on a 12-5 run to close the quarter fueled by a Grace "Da Baller" Cantwell three and great play from seniors Danielle "The Closer" Grim and Kilyn "Tough" McGuff to lead 27-26 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter was the most intense quarter I have seen all season long as both teams left it out on the floor. A quarter that had multiple lead changes. A Kiarra "Shifty" McElrath three gave Hartley the lead only to see Watterson retake the lead 31-29 before Kami "2Sports" Kortokrax regain the lead on a cold-blooded 3. The eagles maintained their composure and cut Hartley’s lead to 1 late on a Danielle "The Closer" Grim jumper. Then both teams exchanged huge three pointers by Grace "Da Baller" Cantwell and Milyana Williams. A late foul to Ella Brandewie had a chance to make it difficult for Watterson to win but she split a pair of free throws setting up late drama. Watterson had one last possession and gave the ball to Danielle "The Closer" Grim who hit a cold-blooded fade-away 3-pointer to win the game and their 3rd straight CCL title. With the win Watterson finishes the regular season at 10-3 and have won 5 out of the last 6 in the rivalry while Hartley drops to 10-4 with one game remaining versus Ready.