The Salem Greyhounds were just a second away from earning a trip to the Class 2A State Basketball Tournament.
But a lot can happen in a second, both good and bad.
And for the Hounds, this one second couldn't have been much worse.
Leading Riverside 45-44 in the waning seconds of the 2A North Regional at Monette Feb. 23, Salem could only watch as the Rebels' Logan Muerer hit a 15-foot jumper as the horn sounded, giving his team the victory.
The two squads battled tooth-and-nail all evening long, with neither side able to take control of the contest for very long.
The Rebels started a big 16-2 run deep in the third period and carried it over into the final frame of play, giving Riverside a 44-37 lead.
But the Hounds went on a run of their own, capped by a shot in the lane from J.J. Gray (11 points) that gave Salem a 45-44 lead with 21 ticks left.
The Greyhounds stood in front 9-8 after the first period of play, thanks to a late 3-ball from Justus Sparks.
The lead volleyed back and forth in the second, but another trey off the hands of Sparks staked Salem to a three-point advantage in the frame.
However, in a reoccurring theme, the Rebels ripped off nine unanswered points to jump in front 25-19 at the break.
Then, in the third, it was the Hounds turn. Salem went on a 14-3 burst to take a 35-28 lead.
But in the end, even though they had just one tick left, that was enough for Riverside's Muerer to squeeze off the game-winner.