2011-03-06 / Sports

Last second shot gives Durand win over Tribe cagegals


TAKING AIM -- Chesaning’s Chazsi Beckman lines up a shot over the Durand defense in Wednesday’s semifinal loss to the Railroaders. Beckman led the Tribe with 16 points. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) TAKING AIM -- Chesaning’s Chazsi Beckman lines up a shot over the Durand defense in Wednesday’s semifinal loss to the Railroaders. Beckman led the Tribe with 16 points. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) CORUNNA – The Lady Indians had their chances Wednesday night against districtfavorite Durand, but in the end they came up short in a 40-39 loss to the Railroaders.

Chesaning led 39-37 with 32 seconds left in the game, but turned the ball over going in for a lay-up. After Durand made one free throw to make it 39-38, the Indians missed a free throw with 15 seconds left.

Durand took a time out, then fired off a shot from mid-court. A Railroader player got the offensive rebound, then flipped the ball up off balance and it went in off the board for the 40-39 lead with four seconds left.

“This was a very tough loss,” admitted Chesaning coach Wayne Scanlon. “This team beat us last year by 23 in the district finals. We had a plan. We believed in it. We executed it. We just did not quite finish. Our girls gave a great effort.”

Chesaning opened with an 8-7 edge in the first quarter. Durand came back with a 16-13 advantage in the second for a 23-21 lead at the intermission. Both squads played to a 6-6 tie in the third. The Indians held a 12-11 edge in the fourth.

Chesaning shot 17 of 28 from the floor, but made no three-pointers. They went 5 of 12 at the line, missing their last five of the game.

Durand was 13 of 38 from the floor with six treys. They went 8 of 21 from the line, but were 3 of 13 in the second half.

“We were leading 8-4 in the first quarter and Durand hit a three pointer from the corner to make it 8-7 after one,” Scanlon said. “That same girl hit two more threes in the second quarter. This girl did not score in the second half. She wasn’t a starter. They had another girl come off the bench to hit a three for them in the fourth. Their bench hit four of their threes. Maybe that’s why they are 18-4.”

Rebounding was dead even with 18 for each team. Durand gave up 14 turnovers to Chesaning’s 17.

Chazsi Beckman led the Tribe with 16 points, two steals and two assists. She was 7 of 10 from the floor and 2 of 2 from the line.

Erica Toma was a perfect 4 for 4 with eight points, two assists and a steal. Nichole Hersch also had eight points with five rebounds off 4 of 7 shooting.

Caitlyn Catterfeld added four points and four assists. Molly Stewart snagged five rebounds.

“I will never forget this team,” Scanlon said. “They are nine special young ladies. We were and will always be a family.”

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