- CLASS A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP: Sophomore Roh's Basket Lifts East To State Title
By Jeff Motz
Alli Roh's young high school basketball career has already achieved a major milestone.
The Lincoln East sophomore scored the game winning basket with seven seconds to go to give the Spartans a 48-46 win over Millard West Saturday night in the Class A Girls State Basketball championship at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
East (23-5) earned their first girls basketball title in 12 years and fourth in school history.
The Spartans found themselves down 46-45 with 2:14 to go when Regan Sankey narrowed the Wildcat lead with a three-pointer. About a minute later, Roh sank one of two free throws (the first one didn't count with her foot over the line) to tie the game.
Roh's basket was set up after she blocked a shot from Logan Black with 30 seconds left and Grace Barry came up with the basketball, dribbling into the front court and maintaining possession until about nine seconds remaining when East coach Dennis Prichard called timeout.
After the ball was inbounded, Barry drove the right side and dished to Roh, who was on the left side of the basket and scored with eight seconds left.
Millard West (22-6) got the ball down court, but East deflected it out of bounds. An inbounds pass to Philomena Lammers under the basket with 1.6 seconds left bounced off the rim and the Spartans went into a frenzy as the horn sounded.
There were eight lead changes and the game was tied eight times. Millard West's largest lead was at five, while East's biggest lead was early in the game.
East led 14-8 after the first quarter, when Barry came up with a steal and scored before the horn. Then Millard West had a 20-19 lead after a pair of free throws from Lammers, who finished with 20 points to lead all scorers. East finished out the first half with a 23-21 lead.
While East's free throw percentage was at 25 percent for the game (3-12), the Spartans made up on rebounding, winning the battle on the boards 37-28. Offensively, the Spartans had 19 rebounds to 10 in the game for the Wildcats.
East managed to get 12 points off turnovers.
Barry and senior KJ Roh each scored 13 points, while Alli Roh and Elyssa Jurgens each finished with nine for the Spartans. Millard West also got 11 points from Black, all of those coming in the second half.