Saints season ends in final seconds

By on February 25, 2019

After nine lead changes in the fourth quarter alone, Greece Athena sophomore guard Kiera Osier calmly knocked down two free throws with 5.1 seconds remaining to give the Trojans a 42-40 victory and end the girls basketball season for Churchville-Chili.

The Saints got off to a very slow start and trailed 10-0 before junior Jade Distant scored off a steal almost five minutes into the game.

Sophomore Mikayla Shipley scored six points in the second quarter with sophomore Jordan Loewke and eighth-grader Sydney Postell each adding a field goal as the Saints outscored the Trojans 10-6, but still trailed by six at halftime.

Loewke hit an old-fashioned three-point play before Shipley scored consecutive three-pointers to give the Saints their first lead of the game midway through the third quarter.

Athena scored the first three baskets in the fourth quarter to begin the back-and-forth affair with Postell hauling down key rebounds and accounting for six of her game total of eight points down the stretch.

A Shipley three-pointer put the Saints ahead 38-36 with 70 seconds remaining in regulation and, after Athena again tied the game, Postell put C-C back in front by two with a put-back with 22 seconds left.

But Athena tied the game with 14 clicks on the clock before Osier hit her game-winning free throws.

Shipley led the Saints with 15 points and added four rebounds while Postell scored eight points to go with her team-best eight rebounds and Distant added eight points and five steals. Loewke chipped in five points and junior Cassady Faker five rebounds.

Senior Vicki Beach and Jacey Gruscho both finished their high school basketball careers for the Saints.