CLASS 3A, REGION 1 GIRLS SEMIFINALS
Father Lopez eliminates P.K. Yonge
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:39 p.m.
DAYTONA BEACH — P.K. Yonge missed three opportunities to tie the score in the last 10 seconds and Father Lopez held on for a 62-60 win in the Class 3A, Region 1 semifinals Tuesday night.
The Green Wave (24-5) will host Jacksonville University Christian Saturday in the regional finals. The Blue Wave, who eliminated Lopez from last season's regional semifinals, ended their season 21-7.
Trailing 62-60, Brooksie McGraw stole an inbounds pass and was fouled with 9.6 seconds left, but missed two free throws. After a tie-up on the rebound gave the Blue Wave the ball back, Courtney Dollison missed a 10-footer in the lane and McGraw an offensive rebound stick back.
Dollison led all scorers with 23 points, but the Blue Wave hit just 17 of 31 free throws for the game and a mere four of 10 in the last 1:28.
“If we hit our free throws we win the game. It's that simple,” P.K. Yonge coach Willie Powers said. “We just didn't get a bounce, but that happens.”
The Green Wave lost two of their big guns at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters. Shannon Cranshaw fouled out with less than 1 second left in the third and Simone Brown followed with 6:49 left in the contest, leaving center Ashley Folsom to take over point guard.
“Ashley going from center to point guard, that was big time for us,” Father Lopez coach Brad Ridenour said. “I can't say enough about how she stepped up.”
Cranshaw led the Green Wave with 19 points and Folsom added 18.
The Green Wave took a 27-16 lead into the break, but it wasn't until Cranshaw fouled out that the Blue Wave mounted a comeback. Trailing 48-37, P.K. Yonge whittled the lead down to 60-54 with 1:28 remaining.
Off three straight Green Wave turnovers, the Blue Wave got a 3-point goal and one of two free throws from Shayla Johnson to trim the lead to 60-58.
Folsom pocketed two free throws with 17.3 seconds left to push the lead to 62-58, but Kiarah Mallory matched her with 11.2 seconds left for 62-60.