ST. MARYS — Bekka Bauer’s layin with seven seconds left in the game lifted the St. Marys girls basketball team to a 43-42 win over DuBois on Friday evening.
The Lady Beavers also had a last-second shot that rattled in and out. After calling a timeout after getting across half-court with two seconds left, a game-winner from the three-point line went in-and-out in another thriller in the local girls’ basketball scene.
St. Marys, which improved to 9-8 with the win, avenged a previous loss to the Lady Beavers in DuBois back on Jan. 9.
“Both J.V. and varsity lost by two last game, J.V. lost by two this game, and we said, ‘The streak ends now,’” said Lady Dutch interim coach Kayla Hoohuli. “They had all motivation to get this win tonight. It was a great team effort. With a young team, they’re finally putting all the pieces together, which is awesome.”
St. Marys trailed for most of the first half as DuBois built a lead as big as nine points at 16-7 early in the second quarter, but the Lady Dutch put together a 20-point second quarter and led 27-26 at the half, thanks to Allison Schlimm’s jumper at the last second to end the first half.
The Lady Beavers (13-5) never really re-gained their traction in the second half and sputtered to just 16 second half points.
“We just didn’t play nowhere near what we should have,” said DuBois coach Keith Kriner. “We let them set the pace of the game. We just didn’t respond when we needed to. We had our opportunities. I think they outhustled us. I think they outrebounded us. We shot 8-for-15 from the foul line. That all adds up to a one-point loss.
“I’m not taking anything away from them. They played a fantastic game. They played a good game against us at home too.”
Megan Quesenberry led the Lady Dutch with nine points off the bench, while Samantha Hayes and Lauren Eckert put in eight points apiece.
DuBois was led by Chelsea DeSalve, who had 16 points, including four three-pointers. Ashley Hallowell, who got into foul trouble late in the game, scored 11 points.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday on their home floor. St. Marys hosts Punxsutawney, while the Lady Beavers entertain Bradford.