A pair of free throws from Mahya Lindesmith ended the Rams’ drought moments later, and suddenly a flurry of activity put them right back in the hunt -- with the help of some solid defense. Pohlen made it a two-point game with 50 seconds left, Fenwick turned it over on the in-bound play against a smothering press with Erin Beeber picking up the steal, and Lindesmith immediately scored to tie the game.
“The girls didn’t quit,” Badin coach Tom Sunderman said. “The last film I watched today before I left was our game last year against them. I told the girls this is almost the exact minute when I called a timeout -- I said it was 4-something to go in the game last year and we were down 29-22 and came back to win. We’ve got to believe to repeat what we did last year and just play it possession by possession.”
That’s where it unraveled for Fenwick.
After the tying bucket dropped for Badin, Adams retrieved the ball and threw it down on the court in frustration so hard it bounced back over her head, costing her team a technical foul. Lizzy Meyer stepped up to the line by herself in a pressure situation and made both free throws and with Badin getting possession back on the in-bound, Adams was forced to foul for the fifth time to stop the clock, removing Fenwick’s only second-half scorer from the game with 28.3 seconds left.
Meyer made the second of her two free throws in a double bonus situation, and the Falcons’ final shot after a timeout at the 16-second mark bounced off the rim and into Badin’s possession to essentially end the game.
“Stupid fouls, a technical foul, turned the ball over – we had some calls that didn’t go our way, and we just couldn’t get over it,” Fenwick coach Scott Dalton said. “The technical hurt us, charge call hurt us, but that’s the way the game of basketball is.”
“It’s high school,” Dalton added. “Kids are going to make mistakes. We’re not going to point fingers. We’ll just get back after it next year and try to learn from this game. We’re going to miss Emily tremendously and Rachel (Tebbe), but we’ve got a lot of underclassmen, so that’s going to help us.”
Adams, who will play for the Air Force Academy next year, led all scorers with 24 points and completed the double-double with 12 rebounds, while Pohlen paced the Rams with 14 points and Beeber had 11, including nine in a back-and-forth early portion of the second quarter.
The Rams have now won nine of their last 10 and prepare to face GCLC champion Roger Bacon – the only team to beat them in that stretch – in the district final Saturday at Mason.
“It used to be a bad season if we didn’t get to districts,” Sunderman said. “Now, that we’re in D-2, we’re just hoping to get there. It’s got to get back to being an every year thing and that’s got to be the goal at minimum.”