The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 2, 2013

Terriers sweep Alva in area finals

ENID, Okla. — Thomas-Fay-Custer sophomore Carley Frymire missed her first five shots from the field, but made all three of her attempts in the second half, including the game’s biggest basket.

Frymire hit a jumper from a step inside the three-pointå line with 5.9 seconds left and Lora Riley’s answer for No. 4 Alva fell short at the buzzer as the No. 9 Lady Terriers secured a third straight trip to 2A State Tournament with a 40-39 win Saturday in the Area 1 championship at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

Alva senior Jayna Hadwiger had two steals in the final 1:20, the second leading to a Jaden Hobbs layup to give the Ladybugs a 39-38 lead with 22 seconds left. After a Thomas miss, Hobbs missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Keela Hamar drove to the right corner to set up Frymire for the open shot on the right wing.

“I was going to set a screen for her and she ended up passing it to me,” Frymire said. “I knew I had to (shoot) since there were only six seconds left … I had to keep shooting — I don’t make any if I don’t shoot any.”

“That’s a little play that goes to Keela and her coming off ball screens,” Thomas coach Jay Wood said. “It’s something we work on every day at the end of practice, and it worked tonight, so we’ll take it.”

Bailey Forell inbounded the ball to Hadwiger near halfcourt, and after dodging a defender, Hadwiger found Riley unguarded at the right baseline for a 15-foot shot that front-rimmed at the buzzer.

“She got a good look,” Alva coach Eric Smith said. “I thought it was going to go in. It looked good. It was no one’s fault. We lose as a team, we win as a team.”

Alva led 32-28 after three quarters despite 12 turnovers, but Savana Marsh hit a three with 4:25 left in the game to give Thomas a 38-37 lead, its first since the opening seconds of the third quarter. Both teams remained scoreless until Hobbs’ layup with 85 seconds left, and Thomas outscored Alva 12-7 in the fourth.

Alva shot 36 percent on the game, including 12 misses on 14 attempts from three.

“We didn’t shoot it very well tonight,” Smith said. “It’s hard to shoot in here sometimes, maybe it was nerves, I don’t know. We just didn’t shoot very well from the perimeter tonight. Our defense kept us in it, and we had opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize on them. They hit a tough shot.”

Jamie Gibson scored a team-high 10 points for Thomas, which enters its third straight state bracket at 23-2.

Morgan Shiever scored a game-high 16 points and Hobbs finished with 13 and two steals for the Ladybugs (22-4), who play Pawnee 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center in the Area 1 consolation final, the winner of which secures a state berth. Alva beat Pawnee 58-35 in a region championship on Wednesday.

“We’ll be fine,” Smith said. “You’ve got to keep your head up. Thomas hit a last-second shot to beat us, so we regroup, bounce back and get ready to play Monday.”

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