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High anxiety finals for Three Rivers girls

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 3:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 3:23 p.m. CDT
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Prophetstown coach Don Robinson hugs junior Claire Kramer following Thursday’s 55-53 win over Byron at the 2A Aurora Christian Sectional. Kramer hit the game-winning shot with 5 seconds left.

The Three Rivers Conference won one of three sectional championship games Thursday with Prophetstown the lone survivor.

At Aurora: Prophetstown, the Three Rivers North champion, outlasted Byron 55-53 at Aurora Christian. Junior Clare Kramer scored a game-winning layup with 5 seconds left and then intercepted a Byron pass at half court to seal the win.

“I didn’t think it would feel this good,” said Prophets junior Corrie Reiley, wiping away tears. “With everything we’ve been through these last two games, to have such a huge cheering section and so much support, this means a lot for us as a team, as a program, as a school, and as a whole town.”

The Prophets (28-2) will face El-Paso Gridley (25-3) at the Monmouth Super-Sectional Monday night for the right to go to State.

Prophetstown was led by Katie Stafford (19 points, 8 rebounds) and Kramer (16 points).

At Minonk: Fate was not with Sherrard Thursday in the Fieldcrest 2A sectional finals. The Three Rivers South champ lost to El-Paso Gridley 49-47 in double overtime on a last-second shot.

EPG’s Mackenzie Hickey made not one, but two shots at the buzzer, including the game-winner as time expired in the second overtime. She also hit the game-tying shot from the right baseline at the end of the first overtime. Hickey only had one other basket in the game.

EPG also knocked out Sherrard in last year’s sectional finals.

Libby Fry led Sherrard (27-3) with 12 points.

Sherrard would have faced Prophetstown in all-Three Rivers showdown had it been able to survive Hickey’s heroics.

At Forreston: Amboy fell to Lanark Eastland 55-54 in overtime. Eastland’s Hannah Hake scored all five of Eastland’s points in overtime including a free-throw with no time on the clock, sending her bench and crowd into a frenzy. Hake finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Eastland advances to the DeKalb Super-Sectional on Monday to face the Little Ten’s Hinckley-Big Rock Royals. HBR was a 55-31 winner over Chicago Luther North at Elgin. Lauren Paver led HBR with 21 points.

HBR seeks a return to the state finals, having won back to back titles in 2009 and 2010.

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