MIDWEST CITY – Erick coach Justin Janz was caught off guard when Timberlake’s Kylee Severin entered the game near the end of the fourth quarter of the Class B quarterfinals.
Severin had not played during the playoffs after suffering a torn ACL in the regular-season finale. But she had a few minutes left in her knee to attempt to be the hero.
And it nearly worked.
But after she missed the game-tying free throw and game-winning 3-pointer, No. 8 Erick escaped with a 41-40 upset for the fifth-ranked Tigers at Carl Albert High School.
“Coach (Kale) Pierce did a good job of putting Severin in there at the end,” Janz said. “It kind of caught us off guard.”
Erick now plays Shattuck in the semifinals Friday at 10:30 a.m. in State Fair Arena.
With the game tied at 39, the Bearcats (23-8) came up with a few big shots in the final two minutes, sealing the victory, but not before some drama.
Timberlake (23-4) had a chance to take the lead with about 28 seconds remaining until Shyli May intercepted an inbound pass, allowing her to make the decisive free throw with 14.7 seconds remaining.
Severin, though, drew a foul with 4.1 seconds remaining. She made the first free throw, but missed the second. She was able to somehow come up with a steal and get off a last-ditch 3-pointer, but missed.
“It’s kind of a blur to me,” Janz said. “I can’t really tell you what happened (in that sequence).”
May led Erick with 11 points and Makenzie Kelly added 10, all of which came in the second half.
Erick led 37-30 early in the fourth before Timberlake went on a 9-0 run to take only its second lead of the game. Kelly, though, buried a trey with 1:56 remaining to take the lead for good.
“At first I was starting to panic, but I realized that we usually come back pretty easy,” May said.
Timberlake’s Bailee Clift led all scorers with 18 points.