It’s not quite March yet, but there was madness on the court during Monday’s 2A Sub-State Tournament. Fifth-seed Inman High School girls basketball team overcame a 16-point deficit to eliminate fourth-seed Moundridge High School 45-43.
With 17.3 seconds left, the Lady Teutons were down by one point. It was Inman’s ball after their head coach Bill Maurer called a time out. Macy DeWitt dribbled inside from her left and found Olivia Clark from the opposite side and made the layup with 2.6 seconds left.
“At first we weren’t sure what was going to happen. We just came together, and that helped us win. We realized if we don’t do this as a team, we’re not going to get anywhere and Coach Maurer ran us through it. So, we were ready to go. After that, we just played it through,” Clark said.
After a defensive stop on the next possession, it was over in a blink of an eye with Inman moving forward to the next round. Maurer explained after the game how he created the game-winning drive during his last time out.
“We drew it up as we wanted a ball screen from Macy (DeWitt) on the left side, and we were going to give Makayla (Michael) on a rollback if we couldn’t get it into the basket. Macy just had her head up when they took away the rollback, and whoever was guarding Liv (Olivia Clark), slid over and took away the rollback, and she saw Liv on the other side. She made a great pass, and a great play,” Maurer said.
Moundridge dominated all three quarters before breaking down in the fourth. In the first half, the Lady Wildcats made all of their shots, led by freshman Kourtney Kaufman, who shot four 3-pointers and finishing the night with 16 points. Star player Bethany Stuckey got into foul trouble earlier in the game and would later be shut down by the Lady Teutons’ defense as she finished the game with only 2 points.
“They’re a tough team to defend. They have so many shooters and Bethany (Stuckey) is so good inside. If you take away Bethany, you’re giving up shots. We ran out and challenged shots in the second half. Rachel Harman did a great job on Bethany, limiting her,” Maurer said.
Maurer was amazed but not surprised by in the come-from-behind victory. Despite a sloppy first half, he credits the team’s effort to keep playing until the end without quitting.
“It’s not a shock to me that we did that. That’s the way they practiced, and that’s the way they are. They believe and they don’t give up. We didn’t play well from the start but I knew that they will keep fighting,” Maurer said.
The Lady Teutons will move on to face top-seeded Marion High School in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. March 1. Momentum with confidence on their side, Inman is looking forward in being the underdog and upsetting the No.1 seed in the 2A class.
“Our girls have a lot of confidence. They are really locked in right now. I’m excited about the challenge Thursday night,” Maurer said.
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