DOVER - Indian Valley's Emily Baker took an inbound pass and netted a 20-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 Yourkovitch. "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."
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 took it to the other end and Jesse Ledger pulled down the rebound.
FOR TWO — Harrison Central’s Jess Custer goes up for two in front of the Indian Valley defense during the Huskies 46-44 loss to the Braves Thursday at Dover High School.
-- Mike Palmer
Harrison Central called for a time out to diagram its final play with just 11 seconds remaining. The air deflated from the lady Huskies bench when Harrison was whistled for a five-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 received 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 time out as she hit the hardwood.
Once again the Huskies were not going to get the break as the official signaled a travel setting up the buzzer beater.
"Admittedly the calls were not going our way," Yourkovich lamented. "But we did not help ourselves out, either.
"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, Katie Ellzy had all eight points in the opening frame.
Indian Valley spoiled a 10-4 second quarter by the Huskies when, at the end of the second quarter and the score knotted at 18, they capitalized on a foul at the buzzer as netted both untimed foul shots to lead 20-18 at intermission.
Indian Valley 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 said.
Ellzy just missed a triple-double, leading the Huskies with 20 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks. Compher contributed seven points and seven rebounds. The Huskies shot 17 of 49 action shots and wet 8 of 10 from the charity stripe. Harrison Central led on the boards, 37-25.
Harrison Central closes the season ledger 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, Harrison Central 44
Indian Valley 14 6 13 13 - 46
Harrison Central 8 10 10 16 - 44
INDIAN VALLEY 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 46. 3-pointers: none.
HARRISON CENTRAL (12-11) 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 44. 3-pointers: Compher, Ledger.