HARRIS - Superior Central's Teslyn Tyner raced down the court, threw a quick pass to Vanessa Freberg, who watched her shot bounce off the rim.
Tyner grabbed the rebound and then saw her last attempt go awry as well. Amidst the chaos of the waning seconds, Brianna Emard found the ball in her hands under the basket and she didn't miss.
"I didn't think it was going in because I was so far underneath the basket," the elated senior center Emard said, following Superior Central's 61-60 Central U.P. Conference girls basketball victory over Bark River-Harris, Thursday night.
Superior Central’s Vanessa Freberg turns the corner on her way to the basket during Thursday’s Central U.P. Conference game against Bark River-Harris in Harris. Freberg finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Keith Shelton)
"But I got it in there. I was real excited and I'm glad it went in because it was a big win for us."
The victory clinched the Central U.P. Conference title for Superior Central (13-2, 10-0 CUP), which won at BR-H for the first time since Jan. 31, 2008.
"I'm glad we won, because this was for the CUP," Emard said. "I didn't think we were going to get the rebound because we had to go over so many big girls. But the fourth try was a good one and we got it in and won by one. I'm really happy and out of breath. My heart is still pounding."
Superior Central 61,
Bark River-Haris 60
Score by quarters:
Sup Central 19 8 20 14 - 61
BR-Harris 11 16 13 20 - 60
SUPERIOR CENTRAL - Tyner 18, Pasanen 14, Johns 2, Swajanen 6, Freberg 13, Emard 4, Pirman 2, Trowbridge 2; FT: 3-7; F: 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Tyner, Freberg.
BARK RIVER-HARRIS - Starnes 13, Schultz 12, Lindquist 13, Hardy 12, Frazer 10; FT: 13-19; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Starnes, Schultz, Lindquist.
The Broncos (11-6, 6-2 CUP) maintained a one- point advantage for much of the fourth quarter and both teams made their share of mistakes down the stretch.
The Cougars started the game out hot, forcing turnovers off their press and rolling to a 19-11 advantage after the first.
Katie Schultz then helped get BR-H back in it, scoring five consecutive points to start the second quarter off. The Cougars went cold and it was a tie game at 27-27 after the first half.
Brooke Pasanen paced the Cougars in the third quarter, scoring eight of her 14 points on riving layups.
Though the Broncos grabbed their first lead at 35-33 on two Caitlyn Frazer free throws, SC stormed back with a 10-3 run and led 47-40 going into the fourth. Some unforced turnovers in the corner on the Cougars' part, helped Bark River to get back in it.
"We threw the ball away," said SC head coach Greg Trowbridge, whose team had 20 turnovers. "We're seniors. There's no excuse, we should never be getting rattled like that, not if we plan on doing anything at tournament time."
Tyner led the Cougars with 18 points and six steals. Pasanen scored 14 and Vanessa Freberg scored 13 with 10 rebounds.