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One heart-stopper deserves another

Thursday, March 12, 2009

DRIVIN': Chasidy Hutson cuts to the hoop in the Class 1A Final Four. Photo/Sparks
After topping Kirby on two free throws from Taylor Griggs with less than one second left in the opening round of state tournament play, Viola's quarterfinal matchup with the Poyen Lady Indians March 6 was every bit as dramatic.

And it came down to charity tosses once again.

The Lady Longhorns scored the last six points of the game, four on free throws, to slip past Poyen (27-6) and into the Class 1A Final Four with a 34-29 victory.

Viola was able to do this, despite the fact that the Lady Horns almost went scoreless in the third period.

Although Poyen didn't light up things in the third, either, the Lady Indians did enough to pull even with Viola.

With Viola on top 21-16, Poyen held the Lady Longhorns to a single point in the third, outscoring Viola 6-1 in the frame to knot the game at 22-all.

Chasidy Hutson hit a free throw for Viola's lone tally in the stanza.

She paced the Lady Longhorns with 13 points in the game against the fourth-ranked Class 1A squad from Poyen.

Griggs broke the tie early in the fourth with a hoop in the paint, but the Lady Indians got a huge 3-pointer from Autumn James to give Poyen a 25-24 lead, its first since early in the first period.

The Lady Longhorns regained the lead deep in the fourth, but with Viola ahead 28-27, Haley Kratz hit the front end of a one-and-one with 1:27 left to ease Poyen in front 29-28.

Then came the play of the game, the one that turned the tide in favor of the Lady Horns.

Viola spread things out and opened the middle of the floor for Hutson.

She slid to the hoop for a layup and was fouled as the ball rolled through the rim. Adding the free throw to her bucket, Hutson's old-fashioned 3-point play pushed Viola in front 31-29 with 52 ticks left in the game.

The next trip down the floor, the Lady Indians missed a 3-pointer and Viola snared the rebound.

But as the Lady Longhorns headed to their end of the floor, James stole the ball and headed to the Lady Indians' hoop.

However, she was whistled for an offensive foul at the 30-second mark, forcing Poyen to foul Viola on the next inbounds to stop the clock.

This worked in the Lady Indians' favor as Viola missed the first of the one-and-one.

James had a chance to tie the game from the free throw line with 24 seconds remaining, but she missed a huge free throw for the Lady Indians.

Then, just like she did against Kirby, Griggs went to the line and nailed a pair of freebies to extend Viola's lead to 33-29.

Leslie Barker (six points) capped things with a free throw with seven seconds, giving Viola a thrilling 34-29 win over the Poyen Lady Indians.

Elisabeth Collins finished with four points for the Lady Longhorns, while Dedra Johnston added two.

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