Olympians Triumph in Overtime Thriller Against Bulldogs

The Columbus East student body celebrates the overtime victory over the crosstown rivals Columbus North at Columbus Memorial Gymnasium in Columbus, IN, on Thursday, December 14, 2023. Photo by (Tony Vasquez/Indy Sports Daily)

Madelyn Poe, Caroline Frost, and Coach Kaitlyn Phillips etched their names into Columbus East Olympian’s basketball history on Thursday night, delivering a memorable rivalry clash against the Columbus North Bulldogs. The Olympians secured a thrilling 43-38 overtime victory, leaving fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
Seniors Madelyn Poe and Caroline Frost made their debut in a big rivalry basketball game, and they did not disappoint. Poe, a transfer from Hauser, led East with an impressive 16 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation. Frost, renowned for her volleyball skills, contributed 15 points to the team’s cause.
The Olympians’ team defense played a pivotal role, holding Columbus North scoreless for significant stretches. A turning point came when Columbus North executed a 10-0 run, seemingly securing a comfortable lead. However, the Olympians showcased resilience, erasing a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime. The team’s adept transition from a full-court press to a half-court offense played a crucial role in the comeback.
In the overtime period, Madelyn Poe’s two crucial free throws combined with stellar team defense secured the hard-fought 43-38 victory. The game highlighted the Olympians’ ability to persevere under pressure.
Looking ahead, Columbus East will face North Decatur at home, while Columbus North will take on Jennings County at home, both on December 19

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