Sheridan comeback stuns Norton in state tourney thriller

DAYTON — As 16th birthdays go, Jamisyn Stinson’s was one for the annals.

For that matter, so was Sheridan’s Division II state semifinal game against Norton on Thursday. It was one of the best in tournament history.

Stinson, the Generals’ sophomore sniper, shook off three rough outings from behind the arc with one of the clutch performances of her career on the biggest of stages. The 5-10 guard fired in a game-high 21 points with six 3-pointers in a 68-65 win at University of Dayton Arena that took three overtimes and an improbable comeback to complete.

With 89 3-pointers entering Thursday, she ranked among the state’s best, but she didn’t make any in the district finals against Vinton County or either Zanesville regional contest. Her teammates, particularly her All-Ohio older sister, Faith, picked her up masterfully. Sheridan won all three games, two convincingly.

This time, it was Jamisyn who saved the day.

Down 59-54 in the second overtime with just 41.9 seconds remaining, Stinson hit a 3 off a press breaker 10 seconds later to cut the lead in half. Norton missed the second of two free throws the next time down, opening the door for Sheridan to find the equalizer.

The Generals (25-3) knew exactly where to go.

Faith Stinson snared the rebound and found her little sister, who quickly settled in on the right wing and took the pass. A fake pump and a dribble later, she stepped into her left hoisted a 3 that ripped the ropes and tied it at 60 with 17 seconds left.

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