For the second time this season, the John Jay girls basketball team gave a Class A power all it could handle, only to fall just short.
This time, it was a 47-44 overtime loss to Arlington at home on Monday.
The unbeaten Admirals scored the final five points of the game, including a three-pointer with under 40 seconds left in overtime to snap a 44-44 tie.
The Indians (1-2) had a chance to tie but missed a three-pointer with eight seconds left.
“We played a great game,” said head coach Greg Blake. “We played great, great defense. We just ran out of gas. Our shots didn’t fall. It was a really intense game.”
Blake went with only five players, and lost one of them when senior guard Delaney Spencer went down with an injury at the end of the first half.
“That really hurt us,” he said. “(Arlington) put a lot of pressure on (point guard) Sasha (Puglisi). Delaney would have taken some of that pressure off, and she plays unbelievable defense.”
Sydney Glenn led the way for the Indians with 19 points, including three treys, while Puglisi had eight points and Courtney Knox had seven points (one trey) and five steals.
Sarah Lang had five points and 18 rebounds, and Molly Newcomb also had five points.
John Jay trailed by one at halftime, but led by as many as nine points in the third quarter before Arlington came back in the fourth quarter.
John Jay went up by two in overtime but was outscored 5-0 after that.
“Arlington’s a really good team. We took them right down to the wire,” Blake said. “When you hold Arlington to 47 points, including an overtime period, that’s pretty good. We have to figure out some things on offense. Defense is not the problem.”