Parker Girls Upset Centerville In Region 4B Final
by Zach Borg, Weekend Sports Anchor
February 28, 2013 11:40 PM
HARRISBURG, S.D. -- Despite seeing a 15-point lead disappear, the Parker Pheasants held off Centerville and star scorer Kieran O'Malley to win the Region 4B Championship 55-53 in Harrisburg.
The Pheasants, who fell at Centerville 67-59 on February 1st, built a 15 point lead in the third quarter. That's when O'Malley and the Tornadoes caught fire. O'Malley's three at the end of the third cut the Parker lead to 43-36.
Midway through the fourth Centerville completed the turnaround, going ahead 44-43 on a three by Sara Northdurft.
After a timeout Parker's Micalanna Hanten spun and banked home a jumper to give the Pheasants the lead back. Parker's lead swelled back to five before the Tornadoes made one more charge. With seven seconds left, Morgan Hay missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw attempt, giving Centerville a chance to tie or win the game. O'Malley, who led all scorers with 28 points in her final prep game, raced down court but threw the ball away attempting to find a teammate underneath the hoop.