RICHFIELD — Sophomore guard Brielle Chisholm glanced up at the scoreboard and knew exactly what she needed to do to keep her dream of competing for a state championship alive.
“This is my first time at state because I was a freshman last year and we lost our play-in game, so it means a lot to me,” Chisholm said. “My mindset was just we have got to win this game to get to the championship.”
With the game tied at 40 apiece, Chisholm put the Lady Rams on her back and took control of the game, tallying a team-high 17 points, including a momentous 3-pointer that gave the visitors a narrow 43-40 lead with just under 2:00 left in the game, and two clutch free-throws which put the black and red up by three with just seconds remaining.
“When I saw she was kind of playing off me on the 3-point line, I just knew I had to make it, so I concentrated and just did what I could,” said Chisholm. “I was just feeling it, I guess.”
The Lady Rams would have to hold off on the celebrations, however, as they watched the Lady Wildcats fly down court and bank-in a corner trey as time expired to send the game to overtime.
Or, so they thought.
Just as South Summit rejoiced at the opportunity for overtime and South Sevier turned to its bench to commence the extra period, the refs ran over to the scorer’s table with two fingers in the air, informing both teams her foot was on the line and the game over, giving the Lady Rams the nail-biting 46-45 victory.
“I saw her foot on the line, but there are two lines out there and I didn’t know which line she was on and I didn’t know if the officials saw,” South Sevier head coach Stuart Hepworth said. “So, my first though was, ‘Holy cow, overtime,’ but when I saw the official called it a two, I knew that we had it and I was just very excited.”
Despite the tough loss, Alisha Lewis had a strong performance for the home team as she led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Lady Wildcats.
With the narrow victory, the South Sevier Lady Rams advance to the semifinals of the 2A state tournament, where they will take on either Summit Academy or North Sevier.
“We have to regroup, find out which team we are playing, and then we just have to concentrate on that next game,” said Hepworth. “We just have to get back to what we do best: play our game and focus on us.”
Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications and has been a part-time sports reporter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since October 2012.
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