KU ends Eagle Point's season
Eagle Point's Becky Gregory (23) drives past Tyann Sandusky (41) of Klamath.
Arthur sends Pelicans into postseason
EAGLE POINT -- Freshman Sarah Davison came off the bench to rescue Klamath Union's state playoff hopes Tuesday night and snuffed out Eagle Point's aspirations in the process.
Davison scored nine of her 13 points in the fourth quarter. Then senior point guard Jessyca Arthur finished off the Eagles, driving the lane for the winning basket with 12 seconds left as Klamath prevailed, 41-39.
The victory assured the Pelicans of a spot in the girls Class 4A state basketball playoffs. It also gave Klamath (17-6, 10-6 SOC) a home game against Ashland Thursday night in a playoff to determine the Southern Oregon Conference's third and fourth state representatives.
Eagle Point finished 9-7 in conference and 14-8 overall.
We knew this was do-or-die, Eagle Point coach Dan Swanson said. We just didn't get it done.
The Eagles' last gasp came on senior Becky Gregory's drive to the hoop, but her shot bounced off the bottom of the backboard and the Eagles didn't get off another shot before time expired.
We didn't get the ball inbounds very quickly, Swanson said. Becky inbounded and had to get the ball back. She got inside a little too far. When she got the rebound (Klamath's Pam) Frei and two other girls were right on her and she didn't have a shot.
Eagle Point's all-time leading scorer finished with 1,301 points and topped the SOC with an 18.7 average this season.
It's a real tough way to end her career, Swanson said.
Things looked a lot brighter for the Eagles in the middle of the third quarter.
Eagle Point forged a 29-17 advantage on Dusty Damon's free throw with 3:48 left in the period.
The embers were dying out on Klamath Union's season. The prospects of reversing the trend weren't promising -- until Davison sparked the Pelicans back to life.
I didn't shoot much in the first half and had zero points in the past two games, Davison said. Our coach said start chipping away and he knows what he's talking about. So I just started shooting.
Davison scored from the lane twice then Arthur hit two free throws with 15 seconds left in the period as Klamath trimmed the gap to 29-23 entering the fourth quarter.
Through the first three quarters, the Pelicans connected on 10 of 27 (37 percent) of their shots from the field. In the fourth quar-ter, they buried 7 of 8 (87.5 percent).
Sarah got our motor running, Klamath Union coach Jack Sharp said. I told the radio announcer before the game that I hoped someone like Sarah would give us a lift. I sounded like a prophet.
Still, the Eagles led 39-35 with 2:45 to play after Anna Happel nailed a pair of free throws.
Davison responded with a layin and then arched in a 3-pointer from the right corner to tie it with 1:33 to go.
She's a cool customer at any level, Sharp said. She kept making shot after shot -- especially that big 3.
Eagle Point turned the ball over with 1:17 to play and Klamath worked 58 seconds off the clock before calling timeout with 19 ticks left. Sharp called two plays in the huddle: A double-screen for Davison if the Eagles were in a zone (which they had used most of the game) and a spread play for Arthur if Eagle Point came out in man-to-man.
When I saw they were in man, I knew I had to take the ball to the hole and draw a foul or to concentrate on my shot. Becky is 2 or — inches shorter and I was able to shoot over her.
Arthur finished with 16 points, while Happel and Sunnie Crandall had 10 apiece for Eagle Point.
KLAMATH UNION (41) -- Arthur 16, Sargent 0, Dobey 0, Thomas 0, Ullman 4, Bales 0, Sandusky 2, Frei 6, Sa. Davison 13. Totals: 17-35 6-9 41.
EAGLE POINT (39) -- Smith 0, Lucas 0, Damon 1, Roth 9, Gregory 9, Bernhardt 0, Lee 0, Crandall 10, Ford 0, Happel 10. Totals: 14-38 10-21 39.
Klamath Union 10 — 10 18 -- 41
Eagle Point 8 11 10 10 -- 39
3-point goals: Klamath Union — (Sa. Davison 1). Eagle Point — (Crandall 1).
JV Score: Klamath Union 66, Eagle Point 28.