YATES CENTER — The Yates Center and Jayhawk Linn girls’ basketball teams played 31 minutes and 56 seconds without either squad hitting a three-pointer, but with the game on the line Jayhawk Linn’s Hannah Tingler ended that and robbed the Wildcats of their third-straight league win.
Down by two, the Jayhawk junior lined one up from the left wing with just four seconds left and found the bottom of the net to give her squad a 35-34 win.
“They hadn’t made one from out there and (Brianna Francis) was the one that had been doing the driving so we were covering her,” Yates Center coach Dallas Scothorn said. “We were denying her, but it went to (Tingler).”
A desperation shot for Yates Center missed as the buzzer sounded.
The Wildcats wouldn’t have had that lead if it wasn’t for several clutch plays by their freshman core of Jaylee Catron, Maddie Collins and Taylor Jacobs.
Catron hit a pair of free throws with 3:20 left to cut a five-point Jayhawk lead to 31-28.
On the next possession, Jacobs kept the momentum going with another pair of free throws to cut the score to 31-30.
With 1:39 left, a Jacobs’ putback basket gave the Wildcats a lead. Then with 55 seconds left, Catron drew another foul and hit two more free throws to make Yates Center freshmen six of six from the foul line down the stretch.
“We made a nice comeback in that fourth quarter,” Scothorn said.
The Jayhawks got back within two with a free throw with 32 seconds left.
On the ensuing Yates Center possession, Collins tried to inbound the ball to Catron and give her the chance to seal the game at the free throw line. The ball got loose into the backcourt and Collins tracked it down.
The officials stopped the game and gave Jayhawk Linn possession because they ruled that neither team touched the pass before Collins did so it was illegal to pass it to herself.
Yates Center intensely argued the call, but it stood and Jayhawk Linn was awarded the ball.
The Jayhawks missed a layup and Yates Center got fouled on the rebound, but instead of choosing who the shooter would be, Wildcat forward Allie Pringle was sent to the line with 17 seconds left. The sophomore was three of three from the line before that trip.
Pringle saw both her shots rim out though and Tingler’s three gave the Jayhawks the victory.
Pringle led the Wildcats with 13 points and Catron had 10.
“It was probably Allie’s best game of the year,” Scothorn said.
Tingler was the Jayhawks’ leading scorer with 14 points.
Yates Center hosts Crest today.
“We have a tough one,” Scothorn said. “Crest has (Miranda Golden) and she is tough.”