The 2012-13 season was another landmark year for Ohio Dominican athletics as the athletic programs took another step forward in the NCAA Division II ranks. OhioDominicanPanthers.com is counting down the top moments from the past year.
#13 - Women's Tennis Claims Dramatic Win Over Tiffin (June 17)
#12 – Men's Basketball Overtime Win at Central State (June 18)
#11 – Baseball Braves Elements, Walks Off Winners (June 19)
#10 – Volleyball Rallies in Five in Longest GLIAC Match of Season (June 20)
#9 – Walker Rewrites Cross Country Record Books (June 21)
#8 – Women's Soccer Team Wins in Dramatic Fashion (June 24)
#7 – Softball Captures Wild 18-17 Home Opening Win (June 25)
No. 6 – Hockenberry's Hot Hand Helps Panthers To Heart-Stopping Wins
Every basketball player spends countless hours dreaming of hitting a game-winning shot, rehearsing his or her jumper in the driveway, on the playground, over and over and over again, accompanied by a countdown – "Five...four…three…two…one!"
Not everyone can carry their fantasy into a real game, though. Except for Ohio Dominican guard Kacee Hockenberry (Haviland, Ohio), who hit game-winners in consecutive contests for the women's basketball team in November.
In the Panthers' second game of the season, ODU found itself locked in a struggle with Salem International, a game featuring 14 ties and 10 lead changes. Neither team led by more than two points over the final 12 minutes of the game, and the Panthers would find themselves trailing 47-46 with just over 30 seconds to play.
Undaunted, Hockenberry took the ball at the top of the key, spun to her left and drove all the way to the basket, finishing with a layup with 15 ticks left to put the Panthers in front. After an SIU turnover, Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) made one free throw, and Hockenberry's defense in the final seconds prevented SIU from getting a clean look at the basket as the Panthers held on for a 49-47 victory.
Four days later, Hockenberry was at it again.
On the road at Urbana, the Panthers were engaged in another back-and-forth affair, as it was a one-possession game over the final seven and a half minutes. Urbana, though, pulled forward for a 65-64 lead with 31 seconds left, following a three-point play.
Hockenberry was up to the challenge again, though, catching a feed from teammate Katelyn Stuckey (Millersburg, Ohio) and finishing at the rim with 22 seconds to play to lift ODU to a 66-65 victory.
For her efforts, Hockenberry was named the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week, the first Panther to earn that award.