Gladstone girls win a wild one
4A GIRLS BASKETBALL
Tri Valley Conference
GLADSTONE The Corbett girls basketball team had battled from behind all night long, but that changed in a flash when point guard Rhiley Fritz put the brakes on a drive down the center of the court. With a pair of defenders waiting in the paint, Fritz fired a pass to the right side, and teammate Heidi Heuker ripped the net with a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals their first lead 43-41 with five minutes to play.
Gladstone wouldn't regain the lead until the game's final minute when Jillian Sharp poked the ball loose and fed teammate Jessica Petersen for a breakaway layup. Sharp knocked down both sides of a 1-and-1 to give the Gladiators their winning margin of 49-46.
But the game wasn't decided until Fritz dribbled past half court and found an opening between two defenders near the top of the 3-point arc. Her attempt to force overtime went off the glass, clipped the rim and bounced out. Sharp corraled the rebound and escaped toward the sideline to dribble out the clock.
Corbett (9-8) looks to even its Tri-Valley record when it hosts Crook County at 7 p.m. Friday.
View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, Jan. 29, print edition.