Pleasant Hill had a substantial lead in the second quarter of the Class 4 sectional game against Notre Dame de Sion March 6 at Blue Springs South.
But with just over a minute left to play, the Storm tied things up at 34-34 and fouled junior Heather Hughes. Hughes missed both free throws and Notre Dame de Sion rebounded with the ball with less than 20 seconds left to go.
The Storm called a timeout and set up a play, giving the ball to senior Grace Keane, who at the buzzer, sent off a three-pointer for the 37-34 victory.
“The girls played great defensively,” Pleasant Hill head coach Jim Underwood said. “But we just turned the ball over too much to beat a good team like Sion.”
The Chicks started out the game with a 9-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the start of the second quarter, Pleasant Hill ran off to a 16-6 advantage, with three free throws by sophomore Rachel Schick and a basket each by junior Emily McKee and senior Kindred Wesemann.
The Storm came back with a free throw and a basket, but McKee hit a shot. Then Notre Dame de Sion sunk three buckets in a row to close the gap to 18-16. Schick hit a basket, but the Storm made another at the buzzer to make the score 20-18 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Notre Dame de Sion outscored the Chicks 12-9 to take over a 30-29 lead. In the start of the fourth quarter, Pleasant Hill went on a 5-0 run with a free throw by McKee and a shot each by Hughes and Kindred Wesemann.
The Storm came back with a basket and two free throws to knot the score at 34-34.
Pleasant Hill was led in scoring by Kindred Wesemann with 14 points and McKee with nine points. Schick had seven points and Hughes had four points.
The Chicks ended the season with a 21-5 record.