GARDEN VALLEY — After a foul-filled, contentious, back-and-forth final quarter, Union Mine’s Taylor DeSilva and Hannah Moylan each sank a free throw in the last 50 seconds of Wednesday’s girls basketball game at Golden Sierra to ice a 44-42 victory over the Grizzlies.
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The game was just one day after the Lady Diamondbacks lost 58-35 to Capital Christian.
DeSilva’s baseline basket with 1:15 left in the fourth tied the game at 42-42, the second time the senior made a crucial bucket. After she was intentionally fouled earlier, DeSilva’s one-of-two from the line knotted the score at 40.
Grizzly Sarah Scroggins, who had 14 points on the night, answered with two from the charity stripe to put the Griz back on top, but the D’backs had momentum after rallying from a 37-42 deficit at the end of three periods of play.
Adding to the Grizzlies’ problems, Kaylee Schrader, who led the Grizzlies with 16 points, fouled out in the last minute.
A re-toss on the opening tipoff foreshadowed what soon became a rocky game. The Lady Diamonbacks brought just nine players and disaster struck them in the first two minutes when they lost Ashland Parker, who fell and injured a knee fighting for the ball.
D’back Madi Aliff ‘s three-pointer started the scoring, and with both teams employing a full-court press, the pace was stop-and-go thanks to a slew of traveling turnovers and fouls.
Union Mine held a slim 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to build on it in the second, jump-started by DeSilva’s three and her subsequent drive through the middle of the Grizzly defense for a layup.
Schrader answered with a two-pointer, but DeSilva came right back, faking to the hoop, then dribbling to the side of a defender and hitting a pull-up bucket. At the break, Union Mine led 21-18.
Grizzly Emily Mathews’ basket from the top of the key started Golden Sierra’s comeback in the third period. The Grizzlies took advantage of fouls called on Union Mine to chip away at the D’backs and take a five-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The game continued at a rocky pace with numerous fouls, including two technicals slapped on Union Mine in the final period, but D’back Haley Caruther’s field goal with 2:18 left pulled the D’backs within a point and they held on for the win.
The Grizzlies are hosting the second annual Darren Tillotson Memorial Tournament this weekend. They open against Delta Friday night at 7:30. Union Mine’s next game is Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Amador.