Haren Buzzer Beater Lifts Louisville Past Perry 51-49 – Girls Basketball

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Louisville 51, Perry 49

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The Louisville Leopards Girls Varsity Basketball Team rallied to defeat the visiting Perry Panthers at the buzzer 51-49 Saturday Afternoon at Louisville High School. With their third straight win, Louisville improves to 3-2 on the season.

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Haren Scores 16 & Game Winner for Leopards

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdJunior Brooke Haren released a three-point attempt from several feet beyond the arch just before the final buzzer sounded. The ball hit its mark to lift the Lady Leopards past the visiting Panthers 51-49.

Haren finished with a game high 16 points to lead Louisville in the contest. Senior Taryn Miglich and sophomore Courtney Barwick also finished in double figures for LHS. Miglich made 4 three-pointers en rout to scoring 13. Barwick also dropped in 10 of her 12 points in the second half.

Third Quarter Scoring Runs

Jenny Can Cleaning AdThe two teams played to a 23-23 tie in the first half. The Leopards came out of the break on a 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at 30-23, but the Panthers answered right back with a 9-0 run to pull ahead 32-30. Perry would hold that advantage through the end of the third quarter and take a 37-35 advantage into the fourth.

Louisville Rallies in 4th Quarter

The Panthers would extend their advantage to 44-37 when junior shooting guard Marlee Pireu made a three-pointer from the top of the arch with 5:19 to play. The Leopards would trail by seven points twice in the final stanza as they also faced a 46-39 deficit with just 3:37 remaining. 

Louisville responded with a 6-0 run in less than a minute to trim their deficit to one. Freshman Taylor McCully made her second three-pointer of the game on the ensuing possession. Then Haren earned three points the old-fashioned way. She caught a pass while cutting through the lane and scored on a lay in while being fouled. Her free throw got the Leopards to within 46-45 with 2:45 remaining.

Pireu Leads Perry with Team High 15

My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdJust when you thought Louisville had snagged all the momentum, Perry answered back on the other end. Pireu hit another three from the same spot at the top the arch in which she had scored earlier. The make put the Panthers in front 49-45 with 2:24 left.

Pireu would finish with a team high 15 points and a game high 8 rebounds to lead Perry. Other top scorers for the Panthers included senior shooting guard Maddie Knop with 11 and senior power forward Macy Takacs with 8.

Leopards Blank Panthers in Final 2:24

Haren failed to connect on the other end and Perry retained possession. The Panthers managed to milk about a minute off the game clock before the tenacious defense of Barwick and McCully forced a steal. The Leopards were unable to score off that turnover and were forced to put Perry into the bonus with a foul.

Knop failed to hit the rim on the ensuing 1-and-1 attempt, which turned the ball back over to Louisville without any damage done. Barwick made the most of the opportunity spinning to her right and driving the baseline to the basket to trim the Leopard disadvantage to 49-47 with 32 seconds remaining.

Each team shot free throws on the next two possession. The Panthers failed to add to their lead again when Pireu missed her 1-and-1 attempt. Miglich was fouled for Louisville and made the back half of a pair of free throws to get LHS to within 49-48 with only 7.3 seconds to play.

Haren Hits Deep 3 at Buzzer to Lift Leopards

The Leopards committed their ninth team foul on defense putting freshman shooting guard Lila Kleve to the line for another 1-and-1 with 5.9 seconds left. The ball ricocheted off the back iron and Miglich corralled the rebound. The ball was quickly poked away by the Perry defense, but found the hands of Louisville senior Delaney Orin in the key. She passed the ball ahead to Miglich and Miglich pushed the ball down court to Haren who was alertly separating behind her defender into position on the other side of the court.

Haren caught the pass, dribbled once, and fired from WNBA range near the right wing. The basketball grazed off the back of the rim, and through the net, sending the gym into a frenzy. The coaching staff was fired up and the Leopard bench cleared as Haren was mobbed by her teammates at mid-court.

Leopards Snap Home Losing Streak Vs. Federal League

The Lady Leopards have now taken 3 of their last 5 matchups from the Lady Panthers. Perry still leads the all-time series 23-18, but the series is now tied at 10-10 when played at Louisville.

The win snaps the Lady Leopards seven game losing streak against Federal League opponents at home. Louisville’s last home win over a Federal League foe prior to Saturday came against the same Perry Panthers in a 48-43 victory on December 5, 2018.

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Couto Surpasses McCully in Coaching Wins

Head Coach Jeff Couto earned his 145th win as the Lady Leopards head coach with their victory over the Panthers. The win gives him sole possession of second place all-time in coaching victories at 145-83 (.636). Former Head Coach Garee McCully previously held the second position with a record of 144-104 (.581) and John Gresko remains the all-time leader in Louisville Girls Basketball coaching victories at 202-155 (.566)

Most Coaching Wins in Lady Leopards Program History

Coach W L Winning %
John Gresko 202 155 .566
Jeff Couto 145 83 .636
Garee McCully 144 104 .581
Greg Parrish 44 24 .647
Ken Smith 37 42 .468
Chris Esterak 23 22 .511
John Ault 4 18 .182
TOTAL 599 448 .572

Louisville Notches 300th Home Victory

The victory was also the Lady Leopards 300th home win in program history. Louisville is now 300-182 (.622) on their home court all-time. The Lady Leopards will look to set another milestone next Saturday when the host Dover looking for their 600th all-time victory.

UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next host the Dover Tornadoes on Saturday, December 17. JV will begin at 5:30 PM with Varsity following around 7:00 PM.

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Perry at Louisville Varsity Statistics


Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Perry 11-12-14-12–49

Louisville 10-13-12-16–51

PANTHERS: Pireu 5 2-3 15, Knop 4 2-3 11, Takacs 4 0-0 8, Kleve 2 1-4 5, Mattox 2 0-0 5, Minor 1 0-0 3, Perry 1 0-0 2, Seibert 0 0-2 0. TOTAL 19 5-12 49. 

3-Pointers (6): Pireu 3, Knop, Mattox, Minor

Team FT: 5-12 42%

LEOPARDS: Haren 6 2-3 16, Miglich 4 1-2 13, Barwick 4-5 12, McCully 2 0-0 6, Mayle 1 0-0 2, Orin 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 18 7-10 51.

3-Pointers (8): Miglich 4, Haren 2, McCully 2

Team FT: 7-10 70%


Fouls: Louisville 15, Perry 10

Rebounds: Perry 27 (Pireu 8), Louisville 24 (Orin 6)

Turnovers: Perry 11, Louisville 6

Records: Louisville 3-2

JV: Louisville 54, Perry 32

JV Statistics


Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Perry 8-12-5-7–32

Louisville 7-12-19-16–54

PANTHERS: Welker 3 0-0 7, Carbenia 3 0-1 6, Knop 2 2-2 6, Perry 2 0-0 5, Karrenbauer 1 1-2 4, Evans 1 0-0 2, Minor 1 0-0 2, Hayes 0 0-2 0. TOTAL 13 3-5 32

3-Pointers (3): Karrenbauer, Perry, Welker

Team FT: 3-7 43%

LEOPARDS: Beatty 6 1-1 15, Baker 7 0-0 14, Walters 3 2-3 9, Twinem 2 2-2 7, Kiko 3 0-0 6, Cline 1 1-2 3. TOTAL 22 6-8 54

3-Pointers (4): Beatty 2, Twinem, Walters

Team FT: 6-8 75%


Fouls: 8-7 Perry

Records: Louisville 4-1

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