Kapaun Mount Carmel senior Grace Hagan scored twice on driving layups in the first 43 seconds of the third quarter. Bishop Miege coach Terry English quickly called for a timeout.
Miege needed to make an adjustment, which was one of many for both English and Kapaun coach Marvin Estes in Saturday’s championship game of the Newton girls basketball tournament.
When Miege ran a box-and-one on Kapaun junior Sam Bachrodt, Estes had to answer. When Miege turned to a man defense, Kapaun had to counter again.
“We made a lot of adjustments,” Estes said. “A lot of them worked. They kept switching defenses.”
It was Miege, though, that used a crucial three-point play in the game’s final 51 seconds to get the 45-41 win, handing Kapaun its first loss.
Bachrodt had a good shot in the lane with the score tied in the final minute and then another in about the same spot with Kapaun (12-1) trailing by three. She didn’t make either.
“We had our best shooter taking two shots at the end of the game,” Estes said. “They just didn’t fall. You can’t do any more than that. That’s what you’d like to have, in the lane, taking two shots, and they just didn’t fall. It happens to you sometimes, no matter what you draw up. Sometimes you just don’t execute it.”
Bachrodt finished with two points, while Hagan had 12 points.
Miege (11-2) used a 9-2 run in the second period to build a 25-16 halftime lead, but after Hagan’s quick baskets, and a three from both Schaefer and Jacobs, the score was tight the rest of the way.
“(Hagan) stepped up in the third quarter,” English said. “She hit a couple big shots for them. They had the momentum. We were able to keep our composure.”
After Bachrodt tied the score at 37 on a putback, Hagan scored off her own steal for the 39-37 lead with 5:59 to go. It was Kapaun’s first lead since midway through the first period.
And it was Hagan who tied the score again at 41-all with 3:40 to go.
But after a Kapaun miss in the lane, McFeders got the rebound and scored in transition, was fouled, and made the free throw for the 44-41 lead with 51.2 seconds to go.
“What we chose to do was, if your girl wasn’t guarding the ball, and you weren’t guarding Miller or Lopez, you had a foot in the lane, at least one foot,” Jordan said. “When they tried to get the ball inside, we were there to help Payton (Roberts-Parker), Hannah (Carlgren) and Logan (Porter). It worked.
“I think we frustrated them. They were trying to pound the ball inside. The more they tried, the more they turned it over.”
Carroll had 10 second-half turnovers.
“That was hard because Lopez and Miller are really, really good players,” said Carlgren, who had a game-high 12 points. “ We got a lot of deflections when we needed them at key times. We did great defensively.”
Carroll still got 10 first-half points from Miller, but she didn’t score again. Lopez, who was in foul trouble and hardly played in the first half, scored all eight points in the second half.
Yet Carroll’s Hunter Hogan tied the score at 26-all with 3:58 to go. Over the next three minutes, though, Carroll was 0 for 2 shooting with two turnovers and seven fouls.
But when the Jaguars did score, they did it in bunches. Brooke Pedersen scored the game’s first eight points in less than two minutes, and finished with a game-high 17 points as she helped Andover Central finish fifth.
“I was feeling it,” Pedersen said. “I don’t really know where it came from, to be honest. I hit my first couple, and I knew I’d get on a roll for a little bit. I wanted to help my team start good.”
Andover Central scored eight in the first minute of the third quarter, getting a three each from Pedersen and Skyler Snodgrass.
And, with the Jaguars’ lead whittled to three, Masen Stamp scored six points in less than a minute to spark a 9-0 run.
Snodgrass finished with 10 points, Stamp had 11, and Katie Kretchmar had 11 rebounds, nine points.
Miege 45, Kapaun 41
Newton 35, Carroll 28
A. Central 55, Garden City 45
Andover Central's Brooke Pedersen
Newton's Hannah Carlgren
Newton coach Randy Jordan
Kapaun coach Marvin Estes
Miege coach Terry English