WAYNESBORO, Pa. —Connor Fetterhoff dribbled three times, glanced up at the backboard and panted.
Standing at the charity stripe, Fetterhoff had dozens of anxious eyes on him, waiting for a chance to explode in jubilation.
He clanked the first one.
The crowd exhaled, and held its breath again, awaiting the sophomore’s chance to knot up a game in which the Waynesboro Indians had been thoroughly outplayed for three quarters.
Fetterhoff dribbled it four times on this attempt, gathered himself and let the ball float. The crowd erupted as it hit nothing but net.
The sophomore, who had been virtually nonexistent in the last 15 minutes of the game, tied the game and turned the tide in favor of the Indians as they garnered the momentum from a late fourth-quarter rally to overtake the James Buchanan Rockets 64-58 in overtime on Tuesday night.
“At the end, he wanted the ball in his hands,” Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman said.
Fetterhoff, one of two sophomores on the varsity squad, capped off a hard-fought rally by the Indians. Trailing for much of the second half, Waynesboro traded blows with an evenly matched JB squad but fell behind by five with a minute left to play.
The Indians battled back.
After a failed 1-and-1 attempt by the Rockets, Cole Warrenfeltz and Shaquill Smith brought the Indians within one with 40 seconds left to play. Stout defense led Fetterhoff racing down the court, barreling into a Rocket defender with 4.8 seconds remaining, leaving JB fans screaming for a charge.
That call never came and Fetterhoff went to the line, converting one of two to send the game to overtime.
In overtime, Fetterhoff and James Bennett, who had 11 off of the bench, were the catalysts of the Indians victory, netting six of the team’s nine points in the frame.
“(Bennett) definitely gave us some firepower off of the bench,” Hoffman said. “He did a great job tonight.”
Waynesboro surged out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter, taking advantage of a balanced offensive attack. Four of the Indians five starters netted points in the frame, including five from senior Cole Warrenfeltz and four from Tim Ingram.
However, that lead soon evaporated. Three-pointers by senior Liam Corcoran and Aubrey Brown helped the Rockets claw back in the contest, eventually tieing the game at 12 to end the first frame. Corcoran finished the game with a team-high 14 points.
Warrenfeltz picked up where he left off in the second frame, netting a team-high six points in the quarter. The senior was impressive in his first game back from an injury that sidelined him for two weeks. He outworked Rocket defenders throughout the game to create open shots en route to a team-high 19 points.
“He was a difference maker tonight,” Hoffman said.
The Rockets figured out the Indians defensively in the second quarter. Shifting to an up-tempo pace, JB was able to counteract the full court press employed by the Indians and garner easy buckets by the basket. Sloane Bendell was kept busy during the quarter, netting four and collecting four rebounds.
Devonte Montgomery finished the game with 10 points for Waynesboro.
The Rockets got solid performances from Grant Strawoet and Garrett Malanka. Strawoet finished the game with 12 points while Malanka finished with nine off the bench.
Waynesboro 64, James Buchanan 58
JAMES BUCHANAN (2-9, 1-6)
Corcoran 14, Strawoet 12, Malanka 9, Metzler 7, Bendell 6, Muller 5, Brown 3, Hege 2. Totals 21 10-19 58.
WAYNESBORO (4-8, 2-4)
Warrenfeltz 19, Bennett 11, Montgomery 10, Ingram 9, Fetterhoff 7, Smith 6, Kelley 2. Totals 22 11-20 64.
J. Buchanan 12 13 16 12 5 — 58
Waynesboro 14 14 10 15 9 — 64
3-point goals — James Buchanan 6 (Corcoran 3, Strawoet 2, Brown), Waynesboro 6 (Warrenfeltz 3, Montgomery 2, Bennett).