A shot away from perfection
Eagles win two but suffer heartbreaking loss at Hillcrest
Sandburg’s girls basketball team went 2-1 at this past weekend’s Hillcrest Holiday Classic, falling just a basket short of going undefeated.
Sandburg opened the tournament with a 47-46 victory over T.F North last Thursday, as Kate Ruzevich’s free throw with no time remaining lifted Sandburg in the first-round victory. The Eagles were led in scoring by Sam Youngwirth (15 points) and Julia Ruzevich (10).
Later that day, Sandburg played the host Hawks down to wire before being defeated 66-65 by a layup with two seconds left by Shayla Joyner in the second-round contest.
The Eagles were led by Youngwirth (20 points), Jessica Merino (14 points) and Victoria Stavropoulos (10 points, 10 rebounds).
Sandburg trailed 64-57 with 1:10 remaining when Merino turned a rebound into two fouls shots that began a seven-point game-tying burst.
With 11.1 seconds left, Stavropoulos canned two free throws for Sandburg, which rallied from as much as a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to take the lead before Hillcrest’s last second heroics.