DANVILLE — Clinging to a one-point lead with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation, all Good Hope High’s girls basketball team needed to do was in-bound the ball and draw a foul.

Or maybe not.

Instead of calling timeout to set up an in-bounds play, Good Hope head coach Michael Oldacre decided to let his team hold the ball for five seconds and turn the ball over to Hanceville with only .6 seconds left on the clock.

Oldacre’s decision worked to perfection. Hanceville was unable to get a clean shot off in time after the in-bounds play, which allowed Good Hope to hang on for a 51-50 win over the No. 2-seeded Lady Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Class 3A, Area 11 tournament.

With the win, Good Hope advances to play top-seeded Danville in the area championship game Saturday at 7 p.m. The Lady Raiders also secured a spot in next week’s sub-regionals.

When Oldacre was asked about the decision to hold the ball on the final in-bounds play, the Good Hope head coach said he couldn’t take all the credit.

“I was actually about to call timeout,” Oldacre said. “But coach (Scotty) Cofer grabbed me and said to just hold the ball. It worked out pretty good.”

Coming into the game, Oldacre wanted to force Hanceville to play to his team’s strengths. The Good Hope coach got exactly what he wanted: A slow-paced, physical basketball game.

Jessica Raper knocked down a jump shot late in the second period to give Good Hope a 19-18 lead just before halftime. But Hanceville battled back in the third period.

Even though Good Hope regained the lead early in the fourth period, Hanceville was able to keep the score close. And with less than two minutes remaining, the Lady Bulldogs made things interesting.

Laken Pitts nailed a 3-pointer to give Hanceville a 41-39 lead, but Raper followed with a field goal to tie the score up. Two possessions later, Breana Posey made a pair of free throws to give the Lady Raiders a one-point lead.

After Nina Mills made a pair of free throws to extend Good Hope’s lead to four with less than minute remaining, La’Sheena Nation followed with a quick 3-pointer to cut the lead to one.

Good Hope broke the press on the next possession and Posey made a lay-up, but Hanceville found a way to score at the other end of the floor to set up the final play.

Raper led Good Hope with 13 points, while Ashley Stanley followed with six. Katie Junkin, Erica Speegle and Mills scored five points each, while Samantha Duke added two.

Nation led Hanceville with 21 points, while Pitts added 15. Kristen Taylor scored nine points each, while Sarah Washington scored four and Monica Hunter added two.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.

Trending Video

Recommended for you