Weissinger’s free throws with 4.7 seconds left send Lady Eagles to dramatic win over Union City
As chants of “Kam-ryn! Kam-ryn!” filled the Youngsville High School Gymnasium, the cause of all the commotion, junior Kamryn Weissinger, could be heard saying between hugs from her teammates “It was everybody.”
It certainly was, but Weissinger was the one who played hero against visiting Union City on Thursday.
Trailing 43-40 with 40 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Weissinger came down the court in transition and buried a 3-pointer to tie the game.
After a Union City turnover, the Lady Eagles (8-9 overall, 6-7 Region 2) got the ball back with 25 seconds left. Weissinger was fouled along the right sideline with 4.7 seconds left, the 10th team foul against the Bears.
She calmly went to the line and drained both shots for her 20th and 21st points of the night.
“There’s no one else I’d rather have be there,” said Youngsville coach Vicky Montecalvo. “She’s one of our best foul shooters.”
Union City (4-15, 1-12) pushed the ball up the floor to Eliza Reynolds in the corner, and her potential game-winning 3 rattled in and out.
Afterward, Weissinger’s teammates mobbed her at halfcourt, as the Lady Eagles were smiling from ear-to-ear.
It was part of a 6-point comeback in the fourth quarter after Union City rallied from down 10 themselves
“To be honest, that terrified me quite a bit, because we were just reckless with the ball,” Montecalvo said. “They showed how much they’ve grown throughout the season to come back and win. Earlier in the season, we wouldn’t have come back like that.”
Weissinger was hot right from the get-go, scoring 13 points in the first half. Her first 3 of the game came with nine seconds left in the first half and gave Youngsville an 8-point advantage.
The lead swelled to 10, 31-21 early in the third quarter after a Sadie Hoffman jumper. Hoffman had a strong game herself, finishing with 14 points.
But that’s about the time the comeback for Union City started.
Reynolds, the only Union City player averaging in double figures, showed why she is one of the best players in Region 2, spearheading an 18-4 run, scoring eight of her team-high 20 points during the surge.
It was actually Kamryn Gates-Bowersox, however, who gave the Bears the lead with her 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go in the third. The lead swelled to 41-35 after a Maggie Wright 3 with 4:05 remaining.
Chloe Senz knocked down a pair of free throws to get Youngsville back within four and Hoffman hit a free throw to get it to 3, but Reynolds came down and hit a jumper with exactly two minutes to go to make it a 5-point game again.
Weissinger scored her team’s final seven points, including a layup with 1:05 to go that got them back within three.
“We really fought hard to come back,” Montecalvo said.
“Our offense still struggles at times. We’ve definitely tried to get them to use the post more and it was obvious tonight,” Montecalvo said. “When we were doing that it was beautiful. We’ve made a huge improvement in that area throughout the season.”
Youngsville will look to ride the wave of momentum when they travel to Erie on Saturday, getting the opportunity to play at Erie Insurance Arena against Sheffield.
UNION CITY (43)
Messinger 3-0-0-6, Gates-Bowersox 3-1-2-8, Zielinski 1-0-1-2, Reynolds 6-6-7-20, Higley 1-0-0-2, Wright 2-0-0-5, Totals 16-7-10-43
Hoffman 5-4-6-15, Sherrard 2-0-0-4, Weissinger 8-3-4-21, Senz 0-2-4-2, Rafalski 0-0-0-0, Olewine 2-0-4-4, Stevenson 0-0-0-0, Totals 17-9-17-45
Union City 7 13 16 7 – 43
Youngsville 12 16 7 10 – 45
Three-point FGs: Union City (4) – Reynolds 2, Wright, Gates-Bowersox; Youngsville (2) – Weissinger 2