LES SCHWAB TOURNEY
Girls Division 2 title game
|Oregon City Pioneers|
Oregon City's jayvee squad seemed to have the Division 2 title in its grasp Sunday at its host Les Schwab Northwest Basketball Summer tournament only to see it slip away over the final five minutes in a 44-43 loss to Astoria's varsity.
The Pioneers broke away by scoring seven points in the first minute of the second half, highlighted by Kealy Kmetic's steal in the backcourt that left her with an open path to the basket.
Kmetic converted a three-point play to give the Pioneers the first double-digit lead of the game, and Kaydyn Guelsdorf and Kmetic each sank long balls to stretch the margin to 16 points with about 10 minutes to play.
But the Lady Fishermen put on a furious finish sparked by Julia Norris, who faked a 3-pointer from the top of the arc, took two dribbles into the lane and sent a floater toward the hoop that crawled around the rim before dropping through the net.
Astoria got a pair of buckets in the paint from center Brooklynn Hankwitz, who then passed out of a double team to set up Hailey O'Brien for a 3 from the top of the arc that trimmed the margin to a single point with a minute on the clock.
Oregon City missed three consecutive free throws down the stretch, keeping the comeback door open.
Astoria took advantage when O'Brien drove the baseline and ended up drawing a crowd under the basket, before passing out to Norris, who banked in a shot from the edge of the lane for the winning points with 36.4 seconds left.
"When I saw the pass coming to me my first thought was 'Oh God', but once it hit the backboard I knew it was going in," Norris said. "Everyone was pretty hyped about it, but we still had 30 seconds left."
The Pioneers got two chances at a winning bucket, but the last shot came in short, and the ball got lost in a jumble of legs when the horn sounded.
Oregon City went into halftime tied 21-21 after Kmetic ran down a length-of-the-court pass and converted the breakaway layin.
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