SPRING MILLS — Kilah Dandridge suffered a turnover in the closing seconds of a Class AAAA, Region II game on Wednesday that nearly lost the game.
The Spring Mills rookie redeemed himself in overtime as the Cardinals beat Washington 53-51 to advance to next week’s state tournament in Charleston.
As the clock ended in regulation time, she started heading for the basket but lost the ball, and the Cardinal fouled Washington’s Mary Rivera with three seconds left in a 46 stalemate. .
Rivera’s free throw ended and time ran out.
It was then that Dandridge caught up with his mistake.
She hit a free throw to start the scoring, then added a three-foot rollover jumper for a three-point lead the Patriots couldn’t overcome.
“I felt like I wanted to come back because I felt like I let the team down,” Dandridge said. “My teammates, they picked me up.”
Dandridge finished with 16 points, but a single field goal – a 3-pointer – from Taylor McIntyre proved crucial, making it 52-48 with 2:50 remaining.
A 3-pointer from Lexi Adams pushed Washington to 52-51 with 37 seconds left.
Spring Mills survived despite missing 4 of 5 free throws in the last minute.
“It was quite stressful,” Dandridge said.
There were boats full of twists and turns.
That Washington was even in the game might have come as a surprise given the Patriots lost the ball on turnovers on their first four possessions and trailed 13-1.
They closed at 15-9 at the end of the period and eventually tied the game at 36 to end the third quarter to help set up the drama.
Adams’ 12 points paced Washington. Rivera scored eight.
Olivia Bolduc’s 22 points beat Spring Mills, who will face Morgantown next week in the state tournament.
Jefferson, who earned a 56-38 victory over Hedgesville in the other regional final, will face Wheeling Park.
Olivia Hedrick scored 16 points and Janiya Taylor 15 for Jefferson.
Zia Lomax scored 18 points for Hedgesville.
There were 33 fouls called in the first half,