Julie Mooney banked in a short runner with 7.4 seconds to play in overtime to lift the Dublin Jerome High School girls basketball team to a 46-45 win over visiting Olentangy Liberty on Tuesday in OCC-Cardinal Division play.

Julie Mooney banked in a short runner with 7.4 seconds to play in overtime to lift the Dublin Jerome High School girls basketball team to a 46-45 win over visiting Olentangy Liberty on Tuesday in OCC-Cardinal Division play.

Jerome also hit benefitted from a clutch shot at the end of regulation as Jamelia Banks hit a layup with four seconds remaining to tie the game.

"We drew up something different, then (Liberty) adjusted, and then we adjusted to it," Jerome coach Matt Martin said of the two late-game plays. "The players can adjust on the court to how the defense goes."

Jerome improved to 8-6 overall and 7-3 in the OCC-Cardinal as Liberty fell to 7-8 and 5-5.

Allyson VanGundy led the Patriots with 18 points, and teammate Abbey Smith added 11. Mooney led Jerome with 12 points and seven steals, Banks contributed 11 and Hillary Kessler added 10.

In overtime, it appeared the Patriots would be the ones hitting the final big shot when VanGundy scored on a putback with 23 seconds remaining to give her team a 45-44 lead. Jerome then took the ball across halfcourt before calling a timeout with 14 seconds left to set up the final play. On the ensuing play, Mooney was able to take the inbounds pass in the left corner and drive along the baseline to the basket. She took a low-angle shot from just outside the paint that caromed in off the glass.

"We drew up a play, but we couldn't run it because they were face-guarding us," said Mooney, who finished with 12 points and seven steals. "I just took the pass and went in for the layup."

Liberty point guard Nikki Contely missed a deep 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Patriots coach Jen Clark said her team wanted to keep the ball out of the hands ofplayers like Mooney who were capable of getting the ball into the lane.

"One of the things was we were trying to keep them from driving," Clark said. "Some things that hurt us (on both plays) were that we let them drive, and we had to step over and help, and they scored. We needed to keep them out of the paint."