Girls basketball roundup: SJA drops heartbreaker against Blue Valley; Maranatha tumbles to Van Horn
St. James guards Mary Goetz and Torri Kempf combined for 33 points, but the Thunder lost a nail-biter to Blue Valley, 49-48.
The Thunder trailed, 46-40, before Goetz scored seven points during an 8-1 run to give St. James its first lead of the fourth quarter with 45 seconds left. The Tigers (9-10) retook the lead with 32.1 seconds remaining after two free throws from Abby Wolff, and the Thunder (5-14) weren't able to answer.
Goetz — who scored a team-high 18 points — had a chance to put the Thunder back in front or at least tie it, but missed a front end of a 1-and-1. Claire Kearney got the offensive rebound, though, to give St. James one final shot. Kempf — who made five 3-pointers to account for all of her points — missed a mid-range jumper just before the buzzer.
Four of Kempf's triples came in the first half to help the Thunder to a 30-22 lead going into the break. A bucket from Goetz to begin the second half pushed the Thunder's advantage to double digits, but Blue Valley hit St. James with a 13-0 run that spanned most of the third quarter. St. James didn't lead again until the layup from Goetz in the final minute to go up 48-47.
St. James will play its regular season finale at 6 p.m. Friday at Blue Valley Northwest (6-11).
Van Horn 56, Maranatha 22
Maranatha couldn't keep pace with Van Horn in a 56-22 loss to the Falcons.
The Eagles suffered their eighth straight loss, as they fell to 4-14. Van Horn moved to 15-4.
Maranatha will try to get back on track at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Waverly (10-7).