NORTON — Having been the victim of a last-second layup the previous week, Cuyahoga Falls girls got a bit of karmic payback Monday.
The final layup Monday night at Norton belonged to Cuyahoga Falls senior Raygan Corrigall as the Black Tigers earned a 45-43 win in a nonleague girls basketball game.
Senior Chelsea Huffman led Cuyahoga Falls (9-5) with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore Gabby DeStefano paced Norton (9-5) with 11 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Cuyahoga Falls senior Olivia Lemmon started the final scoring sequence with a rebound off a missed Norton free throw. Lemmon passed the ball to junior Emma Brustoski, who then found a wide-open Corrigall for a layup with 14 seconds remaining.
Norton missed a 3-pointer and a jumper before Brustoski secured a rebound as the buzzer sounded.
"We had talked about the possibility of calling a timeout once the ball entered the front court, but being able to handle the pressure and break it ... we let the game play out," Cuyahoga Falls coach Joe Nowak said. "Raygan obviously came through at the end. I think that is a confidence builder for her moving forward, and I think it is hopefully a confidence builder for us as a group.
"To probably not play our best, especially in the first quarter, but to overcome that slow start and be able to hang on at the end is huge, especially the way [the Black Tigers’ game at] Stow ended a week ago, losing at the buzzer."
Norton led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Cuyahoga Falls took a 27-23 halftime advantage. Huffman scored 10 points in the second quarter and sophomore Laila Smith contributed five points.
Lemmon made a layup and sophomore Jenna Roberts swished a 3-pointer to give Falls a 40-38 lead through three quarters.
"We are capable of doing way more than what we just did," said Corrigall, who scored 10 points.
Lemmon finished with five points, six rebounds and three assists.
"We are better now than we were earlier this season," Huffman said. "We are more cohesive as a team. I think we move the ball better and we are working more on our motion offense instead of set plays."
Brustoski had four points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.
"I had four fouls and four points, and that is my number ," Brustoski said with a laugh.
Norton freshman Bailey Acord totaled nine points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Junior Kaylee Murawski had nine points, four steals, three rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
"Give Cuyahoga Falls credit — they are having a good year," Norton coach Brian Miller said. "They have proven that they can play with big boys. They took Stow down to the wire, and Stow is a great team. Joe deserves to have a great year. He has endured it and they have lost a lot. This is his time to enjoy some success and I am happy for him. I thought his girls played well."