- CLASS A GIRLS BASKETBALL: Weber's Three-Point Play Lifts East Past Papillion-LaVista
By Jeff Motz
It wasn't the way the final play was designed for the Lincoln East girls basketball team, but even with it not going as planned what mattered in the end is the Spartans scored.
Rachel Weber scored a basket with 3.7 seconds left while drawing a foul, then hit a free throw to complete a three-point play to give East a 47-45 victory over Papillion-LaVista Thursday afternoon in the Class A state quarterfinal at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Spartans (22-4) nearly cost themselves the season after the Monarchs got a pair of free throws from Joselyn Ryan with 9.8 seconds left that saw Papio take a 45-44 lead.
East burned a time out to set up a play to go to 6-1 forward and South Dakota commit Regan Sankey for the game winning shot. Sophomore guard Delaney Roberts dribbled the ball into the front court, finding senior forward Alli Roh in the lane.
On a touch-pass, Roh got the ball to Weber, who scored the basket and drew the foul. The basket sent the East student section into a frenzy.
After Weber converted on the three-point play, Papillion-LaVista took a time out to design a play to go for the tie or the win. Jordyn Bahl threw a baseball toss to mid-court, which was partially obstructed by Roh. Olivia Boudreau tried for a three-pointer that just bounced off the backboard and rim as the buzzer sounded.
The win for East sets up a 7pm Friday semifinal game against top-seed Millard South, who the Spartans beat 56-53 back in late January.
Weber led East with 15 points, while Sankey ended with 10 points. Boudreau scored 18 points in the Monarch loss.
East trailed 15-9 after the first quarter and 21-18 at halftime before taking their first lead at 30-29 late in the third quarter.