Wild Upset

Waterford spoils South Senior Night

Photo by Josh Hughes Parkersburg South’s Sierra Hays awaits the ball for an inbounds play during the Patriots’ 33-31 loss to Waterford Monday on Senior Night. Hays, a senior, finished her home regular-season slate.

PARKERSBURG –Senior night for the Parkersburg South girls ended in dramatic fashion, as they fell 33-31 to Waterford on Monday. After a combined 1-17 combined shooting effort, the Patriots took a 19-17 lead into the last eight minutes.

That’s where business picked up.

Five total lead changes occured within the span of the first seven and a half minutes, but the most important lead change was yet to come. Following two missed free throws from senior Sierra Hays, the Wildcats got the ball back andcalled a timeout with 32.9 seconds to play. Kenzie Johnson fouled Rachael Adams (who led all scorers with 17) with 24.2 seconds remaining. Adams sank those free throws, giving her squad a 31-30 edge. That pivotal fouled meant that Johnson fouled out after scoring 6 on the night.

With 20.2 seconds to play, Ed Davis called a timeout with the intention of holding the ball for one last shot. On that possesion, Makenna Winans drove to the basket and was fouled with 3.9 seconds left. Needing to make both free throws to reclaim the lead, Winans missed the first free throw of the front of the rim, as the Waterford side of the Rod Oldham Athletic Center crowd errupted, she redeemed herself by making the second free throw.

With the score at 31-31, the thick tension that could have been cut through with a knife reached an all-time high.

On the ensuing rebound, a Wildcat got the inbound pass and chucked it to Adams in traffic. Adams, who was being flanked by Patriots on both sides of her went up for the ball.

She tipped the ball but was unable to come down with possession. However, a whistle with 0.3 seconds left was blown. The officiating crew ruled that Winans made contact wih Adams as the ball was tipped. That Winans foul sent the ROAC into a frenzy, as Adams nailed both free throws for the win.

Waterford head coach Jerry Close weighed in on getting the win in odd circumstances.

“I thought it was a tough call down here, and Rachael (Adams) got knocked down,” Close said of the final sequence. “I mean, I’m sure he (Davis) doesn’t like it, and I do. On the other end, I didn’t like (a foul called), and he did. It comes down to that every once in a while. I thought the kids did a nice job getting open and in a position to get a shot off.”

This senior night loss stings for the Patriots (9-9), as they look to get back in the win column against Huntington on Wednesday night.