University’s Brittany Martin missed a front-end of a one-and-one with a second left in overtime as Venice hangs on to a 56-54 home victory over the Wildcats.
It is the second time this season that a errant free throw has doomed University. Martin’s missed attempt against Fairfax in the final seconds allowed the Lions to rally for a 53-52 win earlier this month.
Sarah Schemerhorn had 25 points for Venice (11-14, 4-6) and Jenny Aceret added 14.
“They weren’t expecting our effort and we made the most of it,” said Venice coach Jimmy George. “[University] is the most discipline in the league and we matched them throughtout the game.”
The Gondoliers had a chance to win the game with eight seconds left in regulation.
Off a set play, Shizuku Ota jumper fell well short of the basket and Keanna Lee grabbed the offensive rebound but missed the open layup at the buzzer.
Martin finished 17 points for University (16-8, 4-5), Bianca Romero had 15 points and Precious Nwaba added 12.
Other scores in the Western League…
Westchester 51, Palisades 50
Destinee Brown had 14 points and 11 steals has Westchester (22-6, 8-1) holds off Palisades to setup a possible showdown against Fairfax next week for the Western League title.
The senior guard rolled her ankle and missed the last two-and-half minutes of the game.
Athea Jones had 13 points and De’Ja Dozier finished with nine points and 11 rebounds for the Comets.
Kylie Mizushima had eight points and five assists for Palisades (11-17, 7-3).