If you were an unbiased fan, watching the Bears and Hawks battle it out for a top four finish and the rights to see their name on the state bracket was pretty entertaining; however, for Mill Creek High School fans, it would be the last time they see their team play until next season.
With 0.9 seconds left to play in regulation, the Hawks had to pull off the unimaginable. Madison Phillips took the final shot which could have resulted in a buzzer-beater thriller but ball hit the rim and the celebration began for Mountain View High School.
This was the second game for the two teams in the past week as they closed out their regular season in a 45-40 overtime loss for Mill Creek. This time around, no overtime was needed.
The Bears won the tip-off but didn’t get a chance to convert on its opening possession; Shannon McCrosson, who has been a thief all season, stole the ball and the Hawks notched their first shot of the game courtesy of Meredith Schulte. Senior Nadiya Miller drilled a shot from behind the arc and Kathleen Haxton made her presence felt with an open 2-pointer.
Yet, Mountain View hung around with a 10-7 deficit. Schulte added two more to her stat sheet. Miller notched three 3-pointers in the first quarter alone to seal a 15-9 lead for the Hawks. Mountain View pulled within two at the charity stripe. Shortly after, the Bears climbed back into the action with two consecutive shots and steals to take a 18-15 lead.
Miller responded by tying the game up at the free throw line. Phillips hit a 3-pointer to tie the game yet again but MCHS regained the lead. Down by five with less than two to play until the break, Phillips made an impressive floater to pull the Hawks within three. Paige Orangio got an open look for a 2-pointer to trim their deficit to one. Schulte tied the game at 27 all and that score remained the same going into halftime.
The Hawks defense pressured the Bears right out of the break but, MVHS returned the favor and took a 2-point gain. Malayshia Georgia evened the battle at 30 apiece. Mill Creek took a 5-point lead but led by three at the top of the fourth.
Mountain View went back on top by one with less than seven to play in the fourth quarter. McCrosson made a tough bucket to pull within one while Miller continued to stay hot behind the arc to tie the game at 40 each. Haxton regained the lead with a 3-pointer. The battle for the lead continued to go back-and-forth between the two until MVHS sealed a one point lead with just seconds left.
The Lady Hawks basketball team has only been around for nine seasons and this is just the second losing season the team has had. The Hawks are a former powerhouse where they made two trips to the final four and three to the elite eight.