Last second thievery saves Trinity girls: Glaser steps in front of pass as Titans hold on against Bishop Ryan
Josie Glaser saved the day for the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team.
On the wrong end of a couple of calls down the wire while clinging to a one-point lead against Bishop Ryan, the senior guard intercepted a Lions pass at the top of the key with two seconds remaining, preserving a Titans 47-46 victory on Friday, Feb. 2 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
The Lions inbounded the ball from behind the basket with only 5.9 seconds remaining, but with Trinity committing only five fouls in the second half, it allowed the Titans to take chances defensively without risk of having the game decided from the foul line.
"Basically what we were told is that we only had five fouls so we could foul on a steal, just not on a shot," Glaser said. "So it was just a matter of being aggressive and to go get the ball."
With a chance to create some breathing room, freshman forward Abbey Kubas missed a pair from the charity stripe. Despite the misses, Kubas was aware enough to rush in on a sideline trap of Lions senior guard Eden Kramer.
Collecting the rebound and looking to race up the floor, Kramer appeared to shuffle her feet when picking up her dribble due to the Titans pressure. The official behind the play whistled for a traveling violation, but the official standing near the Bishop Ryan bench granted the Lions a timeout.
On the ensuing possession, sophomore forward Emma Passa drove into a wall of Titan defenders, colliding with senior forward Jordie McNeilly. On a call that could have gone either way, McNeilly was called for a blocking foul.
Looking to draw up the game-winning play, Bishop Ryan coach April Nakatani signaled for another timeout. In a tense Titans huddle, nervous energy circulated, not only from the players.
"I needed to remind myself first to keep your composure and get one more defensive stop," Trinity head coach Carter Fong said. "We thought we had it. We defended Passa pretty well, but we also knew we had a foul to give, that's something else we talked about in the huddle. Agree or disagree with the call, we just had to go out and get one more stop and buckle down. The girls focused, we took a deep breath and that's exactly what we did."
Leaving the huddle, the nerves of Trinity players remained high, but Glaser was confident the team could finish the job.
"I was nervous, I think my team was nervous, but I knew we could get it done," Glaser said.
After the Lions scored the game's opening bucket on the backdoor cut from sophomore guard Grace Candrian, Trinity immediately built a double-digit lead.
The Titans sprung out to a 12-0 run following back-to-back 3-pointers from Glaser and junior guard Bre Tessier.
Bishop Ryan climbed back in it by relentless attacking the basket and drawing shooting fouls. They earned 12 trips to the line while Kubas and Glaser headed to the bench with early foul trouble.
The Lions regained for the first time since the opening basket following a Passa three-point play, but Glaser tied the game with a drive to the cup. The teams entered the locker rooms deadlocked at 24.
"I thought they played a very good second quarter and I thought they earned all of their trips to the foul line," Fong said. "The bottom line is that they earned that and that run they put together at the end of the first half, they earned that.
"Josie got a bucket right before the half that was big. That tied the game up and stopped the bleeding....It's a new ballgame when you go into halftime tied."
In the second half, the free throws began trending in the Titans' favor. They shot only 6-for-14 from the line, but all of their attempts came in the final 16 minutes.
McNeilly led the Titans with 12 points while Glaser and Kubas added 11 and eight points, respectively. Tessier chipped in with seven points off the bench.
Passa led all scores with 20 points for a Lions squad that came up one basket short.
"Our girls worked hard," Nakatani said. "They worked hard and attacked the basket. We didn't get everything on our end. I thought Dickinson Trinity played really well and thought that we were both evenly matched. I thought it was a very good game, we just fell short."
Dickinson Trinity 47, Bishop Ryan 46
BR 7 17 9 13
DT 12 12 9 14
BR: Emma Passa 20, Grace Candrian 9, McKinlee Harmon 8, Sealy Rovig 5, Eden Kramer 2, Nora Kramer 1, Sydney Upton 1.
DT: Jordie McNeilly 12, Josie Glasser 11, Abbey Kubas 8, Bre Tessier 7, Masy Kuntz 5, Megan Krebs 4.
3-pointers: BR 3 (Rovig 1, Candrian 1, Passa 1), DT 3 (Kuntz 1, Glaser 1, Tessier 1). Free throws: BR 9-14, DT 6-14. Total fouls: BR 15, DT 13. Records: BR 9-9 (District 12 4-0, Region 6 6-1), DT 9-8 (Region 3-4).