For decades to come, those who attended Saturday's Missouri Class 2 Quarterfinal game between the Crocker and Crane high school girls' basketball teams will remember The Shot.
SPRINGFIELD – For decades to come, those who attended Saturday's Missouri Class 2 Quarterfinal game between the Crocker and Crane high school girls' basketball teams will remember The Shot.
Crane backers will swear the basket was good. Crocker fans will intensely argue it wasn't.
The game officials...they were not sure.
The replays side with the Crocker Lady Lions.
Crane junior Chandra Riley Israel drained a three-pointer at the buzzer – or immediately after it. After a discussion at the scorers table it was ruled a made basket and gave the Crane Lady Pirates a 69-66 victory Saturday afternoon at the O'Reilly Family Event Center on the campus of Drury University.
Crocker, of the Frisco League, ends at 27-3.
Crane (28-3) moves on to Class 2 State Tournament semifinal play, meeting Skyline (25-6) at 1:40 p.m. Thursday at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. In the other Class 2 girls' semifinal game Thursday at the Hearnes Center, New Haven (20-10), of the Four Rivers Conference, meets Marceline (27-3) at noon.
The Class 2 girls' third-place game will be at 5 p.m. Friday at the Mizzou Arena while the championship game will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Mizzou Arena.
Blowing out to a 10-0 lead to start the game Crane never trailed. However, after trailing by as much as 16 points in the final seconds of the third quarter, Crocker staged a furious fourth-quarter rally and eventually tied things up.
Crocker 5-11 senior forward Bri Peterson made a steal and converted a layup with 1:24 remaining to tie the game at 64.
Crane came down, missed a shot and Crocker freshman guard Delayne Patton rebounded. However, the Lady Lions then turned it over with :29 left.
Israel was fouled with :19 remaining and canned two free throws to give the Lady Pirates a 66-64 edge.
Crocker raced up court and 5-9 freshman guard Lindsay Medlen scored on a 10-foot turnaround jumper at the :06 mark, tying the contest at 66-all.
Then things got dicey.
Crane sprinted up and got the ball to Israel, who got off a three-pointer off the right of the foul circle. The ball swished through at the net, seemingly after the buzzer had sounded.
One of the game officials came over to the scorers table and asked if there was any way the table could determine if the shot came before or after the buzzer. When gold no, the official raised his hands, signaling the three-point basket, ending the game.
Replays of the basket indicate it came after the buzzer.
The poor start came back to haunt Crocker, which finally got on the scoreboard on a Medlen driving layup at the 4:17 mark of the first quarter, making it 10-2. That triggered a 11-2 Crocker run, and a trey by 5-8 freshman forward Kelsi York at the 1:42 mark cut the Lady Lion deficit to one, 12-11.
However, the Lady Pirates would score seven unanswered points to end the opening period and take a 19-11 edge into the second quarter.
The Lady Pirates built as much as a 13-point lead in the second period. Crocker finished the half on a 7-2 run, and Peterson's put-back cut the Crane lead to 36-28 by intermission.
Crane had a double-figure lead throughout most of the third period. A three-pointer from the top of the key by 5-10 sophomore forward Loni Johnson at the 3:36 mark gave the Lady Pirates their largest lead, 48-32.
Peterson's three-pointer with :32 left cut the Lady Lion deficit to 54-41 heading into the fourth quarter.
Suiting up just seven players, Crocker had two starters foul out and finished with just five eligible players.
Medlen paced Crocker with 21 points, including an 11-for-12 free throw performance, while Peterson finished her Lady Lions career with 15 points and 5-5 senior guard Jeanna Mendez 12.
Maggie McMenamy, a 5-10 senior forward, had 23 points for Crane while Israel added 15 and 5-10 freshman Emma Lander 12.
Crocker (27-3): Medlen 5-11-21, Peterson 4-6-15, Mendez 4-3-12, York 1-6-9, Patton 1-0-2, Wall 2-3-7, Totals 17-29-66.
Crane (28-3): Hagler 2-0-5, L. Vaught 3-0-6, Moore 1-0-3, K. Vaught 1-1-3, Israel 4-4-15, Lander 6-0-12, McMenamy 11-0-23, Johnson 1-0-2, Totals 29-5-69.