DuBOIS — After a back-and-forth second half that saw 12 lead changes between the DuBois Central Catholic and Ridgway girls basketball teams, DCC’s Shayleigh Gulvas banked in a buzzer-beating shot surrounded by multiple defenders to defeat the Lady Elkers, 35-33, on Friday evening.
The Lady Cardinals (7-8) did not have any player that reached double figures in scoring on a night where head coach Jordan Hoover admittedly said wasn’t his team’s best performance.
Central took the ball up the floor with 12 seconds left. Gulvas got the ball and dribbled into a couple Ridgway defenders. With having very little time left, Gulvas put up the shot that bounced off the glass and through the hoop as the buzzer went off.
“I didn’t think we executed well tonight, and that was evident by the last play,” said Hoover. “We weren’t even close to set up to what I wanted.
“I give them credit because they’re starting to find ways to win. Confidence and your belief to win is a funny thing sometimes. I think that was evident in that last play.”
DCC was also helped when Ridgway forward Emily Fullem fouled out of the game with 2:10 remaining. Fullem, who surpassed the 1,000-point milestone earlier this season, was held to 10 points on Friday, but still put up 17 rebounds.
“For them to play that long of a stretch without her, I didn’t think we took advantage as much of the situations as we should have,” said Hoover. “She’s such a nice player. I told the girls you did everything you wanted to do except take advantage of the situation when she was out. But we sneak out of here with a win, and we were fortunate that she was in foul trouble, to be honest.”
The Lady Cardinals held a 12-3 lead after one quarter, but Ridgway got Fullem and Alyssa Kasmierski going in the second quarter as the Lady Elkers trailed 16-13 at the half.
In the back-and-forth second half, Ridgway went to the final period up 23-22.
Kasmierski had 12 points to lead the Lady Elkers.
Alyssa Bittner led Central with eight points on the night, while Ashley Wruble put in seven.
DCC is back in action on Wednesday when they host Johnsonburg, while Ridgway travels to Johnsonburg on Monday night.