About 90 minutes before game time, Quiera Lampkins was the first player for the Ohio Bobcats to go onto the court and shoot some shots. Lampkins was wearing a white shirt, white shorts and was listening to music through her headphones while she was shooting shots from various spots on the court.
It didn’t matter if it was from the free-throw line or from 3-point range, Lampkins made a majority of the shots she took. When Ohio was looking to create separation from Detroit, it was Lampkins who gave the Bobcats the spark they needed.
Lampkins, a sophomore, scored 19 points and grabbed the rebound after Rosanna Reynolds missed the game-tying 3-pointer to give the Bobcats a 60-57 victory at The Convo against the Detroit Titans on Thursday night.
“I was happy that we hung in there,” Ohio coach Bob Boldon said. “It’s good that we got tested a little bit. We had to fight through the adversity at the end.”
Detroit had a 27-25 lead going into the second half and scored the first four points of the half to extend its lead to six. After Detroit scored the first four points, Ohio made its run.
Lampkins made a layup to cut the lead to two, and after Kat Yelle made a free throw, Lampkins, a native of Gahanna, Ohio, made a 3-pointer from the left corner to hand Ohio a 33-31 lead with 2:16 gone in the second half.
Detroit (1-2) called a timeout after Lampkins’ 3, but that didn’t stop Ohio from continuing its run. Lampkins dribbled the ball toward the hoop and made a layup to give Ohio a four-point lead, and then Lampkins made another 3-pointer from the left corner to extend Ohio’s lead to 38-31 with 16:07 left in the game.
Lampkins made another layup to give Ohio a 40-32 lead, and after Kiyanna Black made a layup and free throw to increase Ohio’s lead to 11, Lampkins made another 3-pointer to further increase Ohio’s lead to 46-32 with 13:33 left in the second half.
“Her (Lampkins) and Coach Jackson worked relentlessly on her shot (during the offseason),” he said. “In order for her to be the best basketball player that she can be upon graduation, she needed to add a 3-point shot.”
Detroit cut the lead to eight with 5:47 left in the game, but Lampkins passed the ball to Black, who made a 3-pointer of her own to propel Ohio to a 52-41 lead.
The Titans kept cutting into the lead once Lampkins failed to impact the game toward the end. Jasmine Weatherspoon made one of her two free throws and Black missed both of her free-throw attempts with Ohio holding a 60-57 lead with 18 seconds left.
“They gave us something different that we haven’t seen in our first two games,” Lampkins said. “In the second half, we had to run our offense to be successful.”
Haleigh Ristovski grabbed the rebound following Black’s second missed free throw, and the ball was passed to Reynolds, whose shot came off the back of the rim. Lampkins secured the rebound and dribbled out the remaining time left on the clock to give Ohio the victory.
With the win, Ohio is now 3-0 for the first time since the 2006 season.
“I’m excited even though I wasn’t here in 2006,” she said. “We have to continue to play hard and follow our principles.”