LAKEVILLE — LaVille girls basketball head coach Kevin McCullough told a student Tuesday that he’d be satisfied with a one-point win over John Glenn.
In a stunningly unconventional way, his team delivered that single-tally margin.
LaVille, which committed 14 turnovers in the final frame and allowed a string of 22 second-half unanswered points, coughed up a 19-point second-half cushion but recovered just enough to eke out a 42-41 first-round Bi-County Tournament win over the Falcons at Dale E. Cox Gymnasium.
The tourney hosts advance to face defending champion Culver Community Thursday at 8 p.m.
“One of my students said to me today, ‘MC, what about Glenn?’” McCullough, whose team beat Glenn 43-42 Dec. 17, said. “I said the first time we played them we were behind except for the second to last possession and last possession. I said I thought we were capable of playing better tonight, but I’ll take a one-point win. We got the one-point win, and I’ll take it. That was an exciting game.”
LaVille sophomore Hannah Herbster’s steal, basket and foul handed the Lancers a 40-38 edge with 2:37 to play in the game, a precarious lead they clung to the rest of the evening.
“That was obviously the winning point of the game,” McCullough said of Herbster’s heroics. “I remember Hannah had a steal and bucket to put us ahead the first time we played Glenn. I’m feeling a little deja vu.”
The Falcons gave themselves a couple of chances in the waning seconds. Junior guard Carah Ochs scored with 16 seconds left in the game to pull Glenn within a point and then stole the inbound pass, but her potential go-ahead attempt rattled off the iron. LaVille forward Jesse Feitz stepped on the baseline during a mad dash for the rebound with 5.8 seconds left.
The Lancers deflected the ensuing inbound pass out of play, giving the Falcons one more chance to reset with 5.4 seconds to go. Ochs sent the ball in to the post where a traveling violation terminated the possession.
“We wanted to get the ball in our posts’ hands,” Glenn head coach Kyle Amor said of the final ticks. “We knew (LaVille) might try to block a shot, and we wanted to get it to the rim or get fouled trying.”
Herbster led the way for the Lancers with 12 points, including a bucket that put LaVille up 29-10 with 6:10 left in the third stanza, and also nabbed three steals.
Amanda Carbiener chipped in eight points for the Lancers, while Feitz piled up 11 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Feitz’s two free throws with 2:56 to go in the game snapped the Falcons’ 22-0 run and halted a better-than-seven-minute scoring drought for LaVille against the Falcons’ full-court pressure. LaVille freshman guard McKenzie Leed handed out four assists.
“We haven’t been ahead a lot this year,” McCullough said. “In the first half we were playing as well as we can play. We told them at halftime that Glenn was not going to miss all of those shots in the second half.
“We couldn’t live with prosperity,” McCullough, whose team turned the ball over 29 times, said. “We blew up on those turnovers. We collapsed against the press. Kyle did an excellent job coaching his kids. I could not speak enough about what our kids did to win this game.”
For Glenn, freshman Kyler Columbia scored 12 points, including a triple to give the Falcons their first lead, 36-35, with 4:38 left in the game. That bucket capped off an amazing comeback for a team that went scoreless from the field in the second quarter and entered the intermission 2 of 19 from field-goal range.
“As mad as I was at halftime, I couldn’t be too upset with the way they played in the second half,” Amor said. “Like I told the girls: When you dig a 17-point hole it’s going to take a miracle to come back.
Erin Patterson snagged six rebounds, and reserves Dillynn Schleg and Shelby Tetzlaff sparked Glenn’s rally defensively and also combined to score nine points during the fourth quarter.
“Our 1-2-2 full-court press changed the game,” Amor said. “Our defensive intensity was the difference in the second half. We’ve had Dillynn Schleg going back and forth from JV to varsity. Her athleticism and length made a big difference in the press.
“We usually don’t give (Tetzlaff) a lot of minutes at a time,” he added. “We went to her out of desperation, and defensively she was in all the right spots, and not only that, she stepped up and knocked down some shots that we weren’t getting from the starters.”
Glenn faces Triton in a consolation game Thursday in the LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School auxiliary gym.
Glenn’s JV won its opener against LaVille in another closely contested contest Monday, 28-26 in overtime. The JV Lady Falcons play Triton in the semifinals Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the main gym at LaVille.
• LaVILLE 42,
JOHN GLENN 41
At Lakeville (Bi-County Tournament first round)
Score by quarters
Glenn: 8 10 21 41
LaVille: 17 27 35 42
GLENN (41): Carah Ochs 2 0-0 4, Kyler Columbia 4 2-2 12, Dillynn Schleg 2 1-1 5, Shelby Tetzlaff 2 0-0 4, Natalie Shetler 2 0-0 5, Hannah Strange 1 2-4 4, Loren Vukovits 0 0-0 0, Sarah Traversa 0 2-4 2, Erin Patterson 2 1-2 5. TOTALS: 15 8-13 41.
LaVILLE (42): Kelsey Gurtner 1 3-4 5, McKenzie Leed 2 0-2 4, Kyla Coblentz 2 0-0 5, Jesse Feitz 2 2-3 6, Hannah Herbster 5 2-2 12, Lynae Hostrawser 1 0-0 2, Amanda Carbiener 3 0-0 8, Lauren Hostrawser 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16 7-11 42.
3-point goals: Glenn 3 (Columbia 2, Shetler), LaVille 3 (Carbiener 2, Coblentz); Turnovers: Glenn 23, LaVille 29; Rebounds: Glenn 23 (Patterson 6), LaVille 23 (Feitz 11); Assists: Glenn 7 (Ochs 3), LaVille 10 (Feitz 5); Steals: Glenn 6 (Columbia 2), LaVille 7 (Feitz, Herbster 3); Fouls (fouled out): Glenn 16 (none), LaVille 12 (none).
Records: Glenn 3-13, LaVille 4-11.