UTICA — The Utica Redskins did more than win Friday’s Licking County League girls basketball game with Licking Heights. They survived it.
The game was peppered with 60 fouls, with four players fouling out and another ejected for swinging an elbow. There were 77 free throws attempted — many of which were shot by Utica senior Tory Minton, who accumulated 15 of her game-high 32 points that way.
The Redskins held the lead nearly throughout the game, defeating the Hornets, 78-74. Afterwards, to a standing ovation from the Redskin faithful, they walked slowly to their locker room, looking like they had just played the equivalent of three back-to-back-to-back games.
“We told them before the game started... that they were physical,” said Utica head coach Terry Logue. “We knew they would foul. We had to make free throws. If we made free throws and got some stops, we’d be fine.”
Utica never led by less than four after the midway point of the second period. With the score tied at 17 early in the period, the Redskins went on a 14-1 run, sparked by Minton’s first 3-pointer and a pair of buckets by Rachel Londot.
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