Teays Valley’s Jaylah Captain had the best showing of her young career Friday night with 25 points in leading her Vikings’ back from a 12-point deficit to beat visiting Circleville 49-48 in overtime.
“I was thinking that we were down so low and there was no energy and someone needed to step up and I knew I just had to so I could bring my team up to work together and just win,” Captain said of her team trailing 36-24 entering the fourth quarter.
The sophomore scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter and had five more in the period, including the basket that tied the game at 41-41 — which is where the score stood at the end of regulation. Those 12 points by themselves were enough to best her previous career high.
She added two more three-pointers in overtime and then came through with the game-winning assist in the closing seconds.
“Towards the end, I knew I was probably going to get the shot because I was on fire,” Captain said. “When we came out (of a timeout) I saw Bri (Russell) down low screaming for the ball and it was the perfect time. It was an amazing experience to see her at the end.”
Russell made the shot and then Kylie Etzler was able to secure a defensive rebound after a Circleville miss on the other end to run out the clock.
Along with her 25 points, Captain also grabbed six rebounds.
“She works so hard in the gym. Every practice she is there for half an hour, 45 minutes shooting. Every game she is watching the film,” TV coach Joel Baker said. “She has confidence in what she’s doing because she’s put in the work to have the confidence to shoot every single one of those shots.”
While the Vikings played well in the final part of the game, they struggled in the first three quarters going 7-41 from the field.
“At halftime I just wrote up on the board 3-31,” Baker said. “I didn’t want them to panic and think we were playing bad. We had good looks — they just weren’t going down. Finally in the fourth quarter we started knocking them down.
“We really didn’t make big adjustments, we just needed to be better at what we were doing. This team all summer and all the scrimmages, they don’t panic when they’re down. I thought our patience was amazing.”
The game was tied at 9-9 after the first quarter and Circleville led 22-15 at the half. The Tigers opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and were up 36-24 entering the final period.
“When we got up 12 I don’t know if we relaxed a little bit and got out of our offense a little bit. We didn’t play very smart basketball in the fourth quarter,” CHS coach Steve Kalinoski said. “Coming up here it’s a battle every year. Big lead, not a big lead, it’s going to come down to the end up here. We expect that and we’ve won our share of those, it just didn’t happen for us tonight.”
Kenzie McConnell kept her excellent sophomore campaign going for the Tigers as she led her team with 18 points and 17 rebounds.
Tori Bircher chipped in 11 for the Tigers.
The Vikings (3-1, 2-0) will look to have the win carry them to more success when they travel to Baltimore Tuesday night to take on Liberty Union.
“I think it’s going to unite us,” Captain said. “Sometimes we’re a little bit separated but this game we could tell we were all connected at the end of the game, it was a great feeling.”
Circleville (3-2, 1-1) is home hosting Bloom-Carroll Tuesday.
- Teays Valley was a 37-20 winner in the reserve game.
Aly Williard led the Vikings with 12 points, Zoe Schisler and Maggie Fraley each had six, Jenna Horsley had five, Kadance Fraley and Kat Kanipes each had three and Tiajja Rowland had two.
Logan Jones led Circleville with nine points, Alyssa Hoft had five, Alaina Francis had four and Sara Gerhart had two.
Teays Valley 49, Circleville 48 OT
Circleville — Perini 0-2-2, Bircher 3-2-11, Gray 2-2-8, Hoop 2-0-4, Kendrick 2-1-5, McConnell 8-2-18. Three-point goals — Bircher (3), Gray (2) Totals — 17-52 9-14 48.
Teays Valley— Etzler 2-0-6, Williard 1-0-2, Willingham 1-1-3, Deweese 1-0-3, Captain 12-5-25, Bush 1-0-3, Russell 2-3-7. Three-point goals — Etzler (2), Deweese, Captain (4), Bush. Totals — 16-56 9-16 49
Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F
Circleville 9 13 14 5 7 48
Teays Valley 9 6 9 17 8 49