CLEVELAND — Lindsey Lowrie experienced one of her rare “off” nights Thursday at St. Joseph Academy at the Division II district semi-final.
She had scored only three points and missed her first six 3-point attempts until the 5-foot-10 Bay senior hit a long-range 3-pointer that kept Keystone from pulling the upset as the Lady Rockets won, 59-57, in two overtimes. Both of her 3-point shots tied the game — the first sending it to overtime and the second extending it to another extra session.
“We had that game won twice,” said Keystone coach Scott Terry. “We’ve got to give Lowrie credit for knocking down those long threes. They were way out there on both of them. Quite frankly, she probably won the game for them with those two.”
Bay, now 14-9, advances to Saturday’s final against Holy Name, a 45-38 winner over Rocky River in Thursday’s opener. Keystone finished at 16-6.
“We survived,” said Bay coach Chris Brewer. “We were lucky to end up on the right side of that one. We’ve been through a lot of big-time games — played a lot of really tough, tough teams. We put Keystone right up there.”
Prior to Lowrie lighting it up in the nick of time, Keystone junior Taylor Bell was ready to be crowned the hero for her fourth-quarter performance. Bell scored 12 of her game-high 21 points in the quarter to help the Wildcats erase a five-point deficit.
“We got down a couple times,” said Terry. “We came back and took leads. The kids didn’t give up. That’s all I can ask for.”
Bell hit a huge 3-pointer with 28 seconds left and followed that up with a pair of clutch free throws with 14.2 remaining that gave Keystone a 46-43 lead in regulation. Then, near the end of the first overtime, she duplicated the feat with a 3-pointer and another pair of free throws that put the ’Cats in front, 53-50, with just over a half-minute left.
“Taylor Bell in back-to-back games in tight-game situations,” said Terry. “One of the things we’ve been preaching to the kids is we’ve got to stay confident offensively. She took that to heart in both the Fairview game and this one with some huge threes, some huge plays, some huge free throws. She played her heart out.”
But Lowrie answered Bell. After a timeout, Lowrie threw the inbound pass to Sarah Vick, who quickly returned it to her for a wide-open look from about 25 feet. Swish. Tie game with 5.2 seconds remaining but Chloe Irish missed a short bunny at the buzzer for Keystone.
Lowrie duplicated the feat from almost the same spot on the floor to end the first overtime and Vick hit a short jumper from the right baseline with 49.5 left to give Bay the win in the second. Again, Keystone was unable to answer as time expired.
“What can you say with Lindsey hitting back-to-back, end-of-regulation, end-of-overtime threes,” said Brewer. “She’s done that her whole career — big time shots like that from that deep. She has the green light for that. She knows she’s got that shot but that one comes down to luck.”
“We’ve got all but one senior coming back next year,” Terry said. “We want to get to that next level. We want a district championship. I think we got a little taste of that in this tournament. We were one and out last year but we came and knocked off three-seed Fairview and darn near knocked off the No. 2 two seed.”
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Bay 59, Keystone 57
BAY (59): Brittany Wenzell 2-0-5, Pam Urwin 0-0-0, Katie Kinkelaar 4-0-11, Sarah Vick 7-2-16, Lindsey Lowrie 4-5-15, Libby Butler 3-0-6, Megan Williams 2-0-4, Bridget Doughty 1-0-2. Totals 23-7-59.
KEYSTONE (57): Rebecca Nielsen 0-0-0, Taylor Bell 6-5-21, Chloe Irish 6-0-12, Casidy Gregory 3-2-8, Erin Gallagher 6-4-16, Kim Kokoski 0-0-0, Taylor Kessinger 0-0-0, Karli Sturgill 0-0-0. Totals 21-11-57.
Bay 11 11 12 12 7 6 —59
Keystone 10 9 10 17 7 4 —57
Three-point goals: Bay 6-17 (Kinkelaar 3, Lowrie 2, Wenzell), Keystone 4-11 (Bell 4). Field Goals: Bay 23-62 (37 percent), Keystone 21-57 (37 percent). Free Throws: Bay 7-10 (70 percent), Keystone 11-15 (73 percent).