Down to 3 players, State Farm falls to Lee Supply
Defending Grebb league girls’ champion Lee Supply will look to repeat after escaping a short-handed but feisty Dax Thomas State Farm team, 56-54, in the first game of Wednesday’s playoff doubleheader.
State Farm started with six players, but an injury and two players fouling out forced them to finish the final minutes with only four, then minutes later, three players.
After Lee Supply’s Allie Seto picked up her second foul, coach Phil Stewart sat her the remainder of the first half.
That move paid off as the Brownsville junior-to-be scored 21 of her game-high 28 points in the second half, including 12 during a 14-0 run that gave her team a 43-41 lead with 6:29 to go.
Seto finished with a double-double, dominating the boards with 15 rebounds.
During the run, State Farm’s Taylor Kovatch picked up a technical foul, which counted as her fourth personal. Just over a minute later, she fouled out, leaving the team with four players.
State Farm was unfazed, though, fighting and clawing to the bitter end.
Belle Vernon Area’s Ashley Russell, who finished with 10 points, hit a jumper from the corner, followed by a Kaitlyn Riley layup to put second-seeded State Farm up, 45-43.
Lee Supply’s Keira Boff (BVA), who finished with 17 points, answered with four straight points to put her team ahead, 47-45.
Kelsey Green (BVA) responded for State Farm, using her speed to dash to the basket. She drew two straight fouls and hit 3 of 4 free throws as State Farm went back up 48-47. She followed those with a layup to give her team a 50-47 with just under 4 minutes to play.
After exchanging a flurry of missed baskets, Seto went on another late tear.
Avoiding her fifth foul, Russell allowed Seto to soar by for a layup. Lee Supply killed some clock on its next trip down the floor before Green fouled Seto.
The foul was Green’s fifth, leaving State Farm with three players on the court.
Seto hit 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win for the defending champs.
Lee Supply got off to a hot start, jumping to an 11-3 lead behind Seto and California Area’s Jenna Miller. Miller scored six of her team’s first seven points.
State Farm used runs of 10-3 and 10-2 to pull to a 27-24 lead.
Riley scored 12 and Green scored 11 in the first half for State Farm.
Lee Supply won the battle on the boards, outrebounding State Farm 33-25.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.