Scotus Central Catholic girls basketball picked the worst possible time for the offense to disappear.
The Shamrocks went scoreless in the first quarter, hit just 3 of 12 overall in the first half then only improved slightly in the second half. Yet, that slight improvement wasn't enough to overcome turnovers and and upset-minded Boone Central/Newman Grove team that ended the Scotus season 33-28.
In a defensive battle that might more appropriately be termed 'ugly' BC/NG led just 3-0 after the first quarter when the Cardinals were equally as ineffective with the ball on 1 for 13 shooting.
A 3-pointer by Paige Nelson was the only points. Lauren Hedlund then knocked three more shots from distance in the second quarter, and the Cardinals took a 14-9 lead into the halftime break. The two teams were a combined 8 for 33 shooting.
Scotus turned it over seven times in the first half and gave it away six more times in the second quarter but remained within striking distance thanks to similar troubles for BC/NG.
Down four with under a minute to play, SCC sophomore Kamryn Chohon drew a foul shooting a 3, sank the first free throws but missed the third. Amber Buhman cleaned up the offensive rebound but was blocked on her putback attempt.
With Scotus forced to foul, Hedlund stepped to the line and sank both shots. A Shamrock miss from 3 and a Cardinal rebound sent Kylee Rasmussen to the line.
Up three, she made it a two-possession game hitting the first of two free throws and put the game away with under seven second remaining.
Scotus finishes the season 10-12. Boone Central/Newman Grove advances to play Lakeview on Thursday.