Carsyn Spurgeon apologized to Vinita coach Scott Reed.
After missing two free throws trailing 44-43 with 15.2 seconds remaining against Weatherford, the Vinita sophomore felt horrible.
However, she made up for it with the winning basket with 8 seconds remaining to knock off top-seeded Weatherford 45-44 in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at State Fair Arena.
“She’s been doing that all year long,” Reed said. “She’s just an extremely good athlete, she can make plays and she’s becoming a pretty darn good basketball player in the process.”
Vinita will play No. 1 Fort Gibson at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the semifinals.
With 11 seconds remaining, Vinita’s Kamry Chamberlain stole an inbound pass under her own basket from Chandler Roof. She then quickly found Spurgeon for the basket.
“Our plan was to foul right when it came in and then when Kamry made that awesome play that she did it was a surreal moment,” Kamry said. “It just kind of happened.”
Spurgeon finished with 24 points, 19 in the first half, and 10 rebounds.
Vinita led by as many as 10 in the second half before the Eagles unleashed a press that eventually led to them regaining the lead with 2:30 remaining.
“We just panicked there a little bit and got back on our heels,” Reed said. “In those situations you have to be the aggressor there and we just didn’t.”
Weatherford (24-4) took a 40-39 lead with 4:15 remaining on a three-point play by Roof. The Eagles then climbed to a 42-39 lead before Chamberlain tied the game with a trey at the 3:02 mark.
Bailee Roberson put the Eagles back ahead before Chamberlain’s heroics.
Rylie Torrey finished with 13 points, while Roberson added 11 and Roof scored nine.