- Written by Leo Paik
The Lady Gators Basketball Varsity team took on the Littleton Lions in the 2nd game of the League Tournament in the Swamp.
The Lions began the game with a three. Hanna Davis was fouled and hit a free throw. Then the Lions got on a 7 point run with another three and a pair of baskets. Meghan DeHerrera hit a pair of free throws to stop the run. Hayley Davis added another pair of free throws. The Lions hit another three and a bucket. Hayley Davis added a putback and a hoop (assist by Jacqui Dunnigan) to end the quarter 9-15. In the 2nd, Casey Torbet was fouled and hit both of her 1-and-1 free throws. Camille Garcia (2 pts, reb) closed it to 13-15 with a basket. Karah Burkel hit a free throw and Jacqui Dunnigan nailed a three to give the Gators their first lead 17-15. Then it was a see-saw battle as the Lions tied it with a bucket, and Casey Torbet got a hoop; the Lions hit a basket, and Caylie Hartman (2 pts, 3 reb) got a bucket; The Lions got another hoop, and Hanna Davis completed a three point play. Jacqui Dunnigan hit another three (assist by Torbet) to get it to 27-21. The Lions responded with a three with 0:48 to go in the half. Hayley Davis hit a jumper (assist by Hanna Davis). Then the Lions hit a pair of free throws, and Hanna Davis got a putback to end the half 31-26. In the 3rd, Hayley Davis hit a free throw and a hoop to make it 34-26. Karah Burkel (3 pts, 3 reb, block) got a basket to get the lead to 10. The Lions got a free throw and a bucket. The Gators slowed the pace and then Hayley Davis hit a hoop (assist by DeHerrera), and Megahn DeHerrera got a basket on a breakaway to get it to 40-29. The Lions hit a pair of free throws and a basket after a timeout. Jacqui Dunnigan (8 pts, asst, reb) got a bucket to get it to 42-33. The Lions capitalized on a Gator turnover to get the final hoop of the 3rd to make it 42-35. In the 4th, Casey Torbet (6 pts, asst, 6 reb) drove and hit a layup to start. The Lions took advantage of a pair of Gator turnovers to make it 44-40 with a basket and a three. Hanna Davis (8 pts, asst, 14 reb, steal, block) was fouled and hit her free throws, but the Lions got open looks and hit a three, a 1-and-1 free throw, another free throw, and then took the lead with a pair of free throws, a basket, and a trey to make it 46-52. Meghan DeHerrera (6 pts, asst, 4 reb) stopped the Lions' 12 point run with a bucket with ~2 minutes to go. Desperate to save clock, the Gators started to foul. Initially it worked as the Lions missed their first 4 free throws. With a minute to go, the Lions hit a double bonus free throw. Then Hayley Davis was fouled and she hit her free throws to get it to 50-53 with 0:48 to go. The Gators fouled twice, and the Lions hit a free throw and two double bonus free throws. Still battling, Hayley Davis (17 pts, 16 reb, steal, block) was fouled and hit her free throws to make it 52-55 with 0:23 to go. Fouled out of desperation, the Lions hit their next 4 free throws to end it 52-59.
(The Gators battle to the end.)
The Gators record goes to 14-9, 8-7. The Gators went 17-54 (31%) from the field and 18-20 (90%) from the line. The Lions (17-6, 11-4) went 18-55 (33%) from the field and 16-31 (52%) from the line. The Lions hit 7 three pointers.
Now the Gators await news on if they make the Class 4A state tournament (field of 32). Note that the Class 5A state tournament has a field of 52.
Thanks to Leslie Carman and Gyda Torbet with their help in bringing you these details.