GIRLS BASKETBALL -- Free throws seal the victory down the stretch
by: Darrell Jackson, Sandy's Sarah Sturges makes a pass during a recent game against David Douglas.

Rarely is a game won or lost by a coach, but Centennial girls coach Jeff Stanek was called for a technical foul with just over a minute remaining that lifted Sandy to a 54-48 victory Friday, Jan. 18.

With 1:23 remaining, Sandy's Sarah Sturges took the inbounds pass and attempted to get across the center court line. As she did, Centennial's Mindy Smith appeared to trap the ball, forcing a jump ball, which would have given Centennial the ball, trailing by four.

Smith was called for a foul and Centennial coach Jeff Stanek didn't like the call.

'He made some remark towards the ref, and the ref didn't like it,' Sandy coach Renee Aschoff said. 'The girls got a second burst and held on tonight.'

Stanek refused comment after the game.

Dalton Meade proceeded to hit both technical free throws, and the Pioneers out scored the Eagles 6-4 from that point on to hang on for the victory.

Sandy converted 4 of 8 (.500) free throws, all after the technical foul.

Sturges led Sandy with 19 points.

The Sandy boys fell 59-39 against Centennial, despite getting 18 points from Paul Widmer.

Look for extended coverage in the Wednesday, Jan. 23, issue of The Sandy Post.

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