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February 15, 2013

Flavell feels pain of final loss

WAUKOMIS, Okla. — More than an hour after the Lady Mustangs’ Class 2A District 1 playoff against Morrison had ended, Pioneer senior Shelby Flavell still hadn’t taken her jersey off.

When she finally did, it was for the last time as a player.

Flavell scored four points and snared a pair of offensive rebounds in a frantic final 90 seconds, but Morrison survived the Lady Mustangs’ last gasp to end Pioneer’s season, 46-42, Friday at Pioneer.

“I didn’t want it to end like that,” said Flavell, who was consoled by teammates and cheerleaders immediately after the game and shared a long hug with Pioneer coach Slade Young just before entering the locker room. “It happens.”

“She’s just such a great, great young lady, and a great leader,” Young said of his team’s only senior. “She gives it everything she has in practice and in games, it doesn’t make any difference. It’s going to be hard for her. She sold out, and those are the ones who care the most about the end product.”

Morrison (12-12) held the Lady Mustangs (8-15) scoreless for the first five minutes of the final quarter and held a 38-34 lead with 1:50 left, when Hope Yerian’s three-point attempt rimmed out and Lady Wildcats senior Andi Will converted a three-point play on the other end to complete a six-point swing to give her team its largest lead of the evening, 41-34, with 1:34 remaining in the game.

Flavell responded with a quick layup, Carli Woolsey stole the ensuing inbounds pass and split a pair of free throws to pull Pioneer back to within 41-37.

Morrison’s Jacey Bales missed the front-end of a one-and-one free throw trip, and Flavell streaked for another layup attempt, rebounding her own miss to earn two free throws, sinking both to narrow the gap to 41-39.

“I thought we were coming back,” Flavell said. “That’s probably the hardest we played all game. It could have been a lot different if we’d have just done some things right.”

Morrison scored the next five points, and by the time Woolsey buried her third three of the game to pull Pioneer back to within 46-42, only four seconds remained in the game, too little to complete the late rally.

Flavell scored a game-high 14 in her final game, and Woolsey added 13. Inselman led Morrison, which plays Alva at 6:30 p.m. tonight, with 13 to eliminate Pioneer in the district opener for the third straight season.

Pioneer doubled its win total from a season ago, and will lose only Flavell entering next season, a significant loss, Young said, but hopefully one that will give the Lady Mustangs a chance at more improvement in 2013-14.

“Losing Shelby, you can’t replace her … We lost a great one, but we’re young, and we’re getting a lot of experience.”

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