DOVER - Indian Valley's Emily Baker took an inbound pass and netted a 18-foot bucket at the final buzzer to disappoint Harrison Central 46-44 in the Division III sectional finals at Dover High School Thursday night.
"The bottom line is they made one more play than we did," said Harrison Central head coach Nick Yourkovich. "We had two girls on her and in her face, she makes that shot one out of 10 times and tonight just happened to be that time."
If Yourkovich sounded frustrated it was not without cause. After trailing most of the contest Shannon Compher netted a three-point bucket to tie it up with 23.8 seconds left in the contest. The Braves take it to the other end and Jesse Ledger pulls down the rebound.
HARRISON CENTRAL’S Katie Ellzy (32) is fouled as she drives to the basket during Thursday night’s Division III final in Dover. The Huskies fell at the buzzer. Additional images can be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
Harrison Central calls for a time out to diagram its final play with just 11 seconds remaining. The air deflated from the Lady Huskies' bench when they were whistled for a 5-second violation despite Yourkovich jumping and screaming for his final time out across court in front of his bench.
The request went unnoticed and Indian Valley would get the ball. The Braves inbounded and took the shot with five seconds showing but it bounced off the rim and once again Ledger gathered in the carom. This time in the fray she was toppled and called for a timeout as she hit the hardwood.
Once again the Huskies were not going to get the break as the official signaled a traveling setting up the buzzer-beater.
"Admittedly the calls were not going our way," Yourkovich lamented. "But we did not help ourselves out either."
The Huskies committed 21 turnovers to 15 for the Braves.
"It was just an awful feeling that I could not help them get over the hump."
The Braves led 14-8 at the end of the first period as Katie Ellzy had all the Huskies' points in the opening frame.
Indian Valley spoiled a 10-4 second quarter by the Huskies when, at the end of the second quarter with the score knotted at 18, it capitalized on a foul at the buzzer and netted both untimed foul shots to lead 20-18 at the half.
The Braves outscored the Huskies 13-10 in the third and led 33-28 going into the fourth.
Ellzy once again paced the Lady Huskies.
"Katie has been a sound player for us all season," Yourkovich complimented. She just missed a triple-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Compher contributed seven points and seven rebounds. The Huskies shot 17 of 49 action shots and went 8 of 10 from the charity stripe.
Harrison Central led on the boards 37-25.
The Huskies end the season at 12-12.
"The three seniors we have, I am probably more proud of them than any other group we have had," Yourkovich said. "They have been team leaders and kept the team together these last couple weeks when things have not gone our way."
INDIAN VALLEY (46) - Emeloez 5, 2-2 12; Soho 2, 0-0 4; Baker 3,7-8 13; Konoray 3, 1-1 7; Shamel 4,2-8 10. Totals 17 12-19. HARRISON CENTRAL (44) Ledger 1 0-0 3, Compher 1, 4-4 7; Richards 1, 0-0 2, Dunfee 3 0-1 6, Ellzy 8, 4-5 20; Custer 1,0-0 . Totals 17 8-10.
Three-Point Goals-Harrison Central 2 (Compher, Ledger)
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