Thursday, February 16, 2012

Patriots Stunned At Buzzer; Wildcats and Panthers Advance

Caroline Carvia hit a three-point shot at the buzzer off an in-bounds pass at :02 left to give Deep Run a stunning 57-55 win over top-seeded Patrick Henry in the Colonial District girls semifinals at John Marshall.

Summer Price, who led the Patriots with 21 points, hit a three-pointer from the deep corner with eight seconds left to give the Patriots a 55-54 lead after losing the lead with 45 seconds to go. The Wildcats advanced the ball to their end of the court and called timeout with two seconds left to set up the winning shot.

Patrick Henry had numerous chances to seize the day, missing four shots in the paint in the final minute of play.

The Patriots, now 22-2, still qualify as the #1 seed from the Colonial District into the Central Region Tournament and will host Glen Allen, the #4 seed from the Capital, Monday night in the first round.

In the other semifinal, a block by Shannon Thompson on a Godwin shot in the final second gave Hermitage a 50-49 win over the Eagles to advance to the finals. Mills Godwin led most of the game, until Hermitage took the lead for good in the fourth quarter, holding off a final Eagles surge. Hermitage missed four of five free throws in the final minute to help key Godwin in the game. On the final play, Godwin got the ball to the hoop, but the ball was knocked out of bounds by the Panthers with :01 to go. The Eagles set up a play inbounding the ball, but the shot in the lane was cleanly blocked by Thompson at the buzzer, sealing the win.

Deep Run and Hermitage tip off for the title Friday at 6pm at Douglas Freeman on Three Chopt Road. Hermitage swept the Wildcats in the regular season.

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