YORKTOWN, Ind. — Every bit of momentum had been sapped from Wapahani.
Yorktown’s Kara Tucker was hot and had just knocked down her third shot in the fourth quarter from behind the arc. And then Carlea Pettigrew hit a 3-pointer to tie the game, after Wapahani had held an 11-point lead at the end of the third.
So Wapahani’s Kaci Mangus responded with a 3-point shot of her own, breaking the tie as the Raiders held the lead in a 44-40 win over the Tigers in the Delaware County Tournament semifinal, setting up a rematch with Delta in Saturday’s championship.
“That’s what you expect with her,” Wapahani coach Brad Cutter said. “She hit some big free throws, I thought she did a good job with her composure. It takes a lot to make those plays, and who better to have taking those shots with the game on the line than a senior?”
Yorktown’s offense struggled to get rolling against Wapahani’s zone defense, but Tucker found open space in the fourth quarter. She finished with a team-high 12 points.
“We finally found a couple spots in the zone and took advantage,” Yorktown interim coach Jamie Matthews said. “We became the aggressors.”
With the Raiders leading 43-40 and just 18.6 seconds left, Mangus stepped to the free throw line and knocked down the first of two shots to make it a two-score game and effectively clinch the win. She had 10 points, while Annie Schuck led with 17.