JOHNSONBURG – Brockway scored seven unanswered points in the final 65 seconds Friday night, including a fallaway jump shot from Juliana Vokes with four ticks on the clock for a 42-41 upset win over host Johnsonburg.
Down by a point entering the fourth quarter, Johnsonburg junior Brittany Watts shifted the lead to the Ramettes' favor with a layup at the 6:10 mark for a 35-34 lead.
With the Lady Rovers unable to break through on the other end, junior Rhianon Fowler hit a timely layup with 4:35 to play off an assist from Watts, who threw the ball back in as it was on its way out of bounds.
Watts later fouled Brockway's Sara Guilyard under the hoop, Watts' fourth call of the night, but Guilyard converted only one attempt to trim the lead to 37-35 at the midway point of the fourth quarter.
Fowler would put in a layup at the 2:25 mark off an assist from sophomore Chelsea Benson for a 39-35 lead. Johnsonburg increased the lead to six points as Watts scored a putback with 1:38 on the clock for a 41-35 lead.
Brockway lost the ball out of bounds on the other end after an unsuccessful shot under the net, a play that seemingly put them out of the game, but Lady Rover Leann Crawford had other ideas.
Crawford stole the inbounds pass at half-court and strolled in uncontested for a layup at the 1:05 mark to cut the lead to 41-37.
Benson was fouled on the other end with 56 seconds to burn but missed both attempts. Nineteen seconds later, Guilyard put in a shot to trim the deficit to just one point at 41-40.
Watts ran up and down the baseline before inbounding the ball to Benson, but a jump ball pointed the possession arrow back to the Lady Rovers with 35 seconds to play. Guilyard accepted an inbounds pass under the hoop but her toe crossed the baseline, giving the Ramettes possession with 30 seconds on the clock.
Benson was fouled on the floor eight seconds later but missed her free throw.
After a timeout with 18 seconds to go, Brockway searched for the open shot before Vokes put up a fallaway jumper that went through with four seconds to go for the 42-41 win. The Ramettes were unable to regroup for a last-second shot.
"I was just looking for a stop on the last play," said Johnsonburg head girls varsity basketball coach Mike Zilkofski. "I had my regular defense but [Vokes] just happened to get the shot off.
"Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose but it shouldn't have gotten that far, we should've put the game away at the foul line."
Johnsonburg appeared to have the edge early on, taking an 11-4 lead after the first quarter; a shot from Watts in the paint with four seconds remaining in the first quarter gave them a 7-point lead.
The Lady Rovers chipped away at the lead in the second quarter, pulling off an 8-0 run fueled by a 3-pointer from Leann Crawford, her first of two on the night.
Benson interrupted the run with a free throw to knot the score at 12-all but Crawford again cashed in from downtown for a 3-pointer and 15-12 Brockway lead.
Benson was fouled on the other end and sank two free throws, and after a turnover from Brockway, Johnsonburg senior Danie Jo Dwyer drained a 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining before halftime for a 17-15 lead.
A Benson layup off an assist from senior Kiana Myers upped the lead to 19-15 but Brockway spoiled the run just before halftime as Vokes put in a 3-pointer with two seconds to go to trim the margin to one point at halftime.
A Fowler layup to start the third quarter gave the Ramettes a 21-18 lead but they gave back the margin on the next play as Vokes was fouled on a successful layup. She went on to hit the free throw to tie the game at 21-21.
Benson scored a layup on the other end off a Fowler assist for a 23-21 lead but Vokes, who paced the visitors with 11 points, answered right back with a layup of her own with 7:06 to play in the third quarter. It was Vokes' last score before her jumper that won it all.
Benson, who paced all scorers with 15 points on the night, answered right back with a layup at the 6:17 mark to take a 25-23 lead.
However, Brockway continued with their assault from behind the arc as Guilyard put in a trey for a 26-25 lead.
Two more free throws from Benson put the lead back to Johnsonburg but Brockway's Savannah Brosky answered the call with her own 3-pointer, Brockway's sixth of the night, for a 31-27 lead.
Brosky was later fouled and hit one shot to increase the margin to five points.
Myers would hit a layup at the 2:10 mark to cut the lead to three points at 32-29 and Benson later went in for an easy layup after a turnover to cut the deficit to one point.
A lengthy jumper from Myers with two seconds to go in the third quarter was good, setting the stage for the fourth quarter with the Ramettes facing a 34-33 deficit.
The Lady Rovers, boosted by six 3-pointers on the night, also benefitted from a 6-for-9 night from the free throw line. Johnsonburg was consistently marred by missed layups and 3-pointers that banked off the rim; the Ramettes shot 6-for-12 from the charity stripe, including 0-for-3 in the last 56 seconds of the game.
"It comes down to foul shooting and we didn't hit them," Zilkofski said. "I preach it and I preach it-- that's the blueprint for a basketball game-- get the lead, hold the ball, go to the foul line and win the game. We didn't execute and we made too many mistakes.
"There is no way we should have that many turnovers against a zone defense. My hat is off to Brockway, they played a good game, stayed in it, shot and couple of 3-pointers and shot better than us. We didn't shoot the ball well against their zone defense so we had to more or less rely on the fast breaks."