Fuhrman

Northeast Dubois senior guard Hadley Fuhrman (0) slashes to the paint before drawing a foul while being defended by three Blackhawks. She finished with 13 points as the Jeeps knocked off Springs Valley 61-60 in overtime on Thursday in French Lick.

FRENCH LICK — Brinley Royer sent Northeast Dubois’ contest with Springs Valley into overtime with a game-tying stickback with 4.1 seconds left.

On the final play of girls hoops regulation, junior Sara Livingston went to the line with her team down three. Her next two movements were spot on as she drilled the essential first free throw and clanged the second to the left after it caromed off the front of the rim.

It caromed into the persistent hands of Royer, a four-year starter, who finished the play with an emphatic effort off the glass to make it 55-all.

“Coach drew it up, of course, it had to be me,” Royer said. “I did the same thing last year against Wood (Memorial). I threw it up and I was like, ‘It’s got to go in.’ It did, I said, ‘Oh my (gosh), another four minutes.”

The Class 1A-No. 12 Jeeps rode this wave spearheaded by Royer in the extra frame to a 61-60 win on Tuesday at Springs Valley.

“After getting beat last year, and preseason and year before that my sophomore year we lost to them in sectional by a last-second shot, it feels good to beat them by a little bunny off of a free throw,” Fuhrman said. “It’s a great experience today.”

Dubois (8-2) came out on top despite spending the entire extra session without junior Rhylan Kalb, who dropped a game-high 25 points on seven buckets and 11-14 from the foul line.

She was a large piece of the Jeeps getting into the extra period. The Jeeps went into the fourth quarter trailing by 12, 14 late in the third.

With 4:57 to go, Dubois mounted a frantic rally starting with a three-point play from Kalb to cut it to eight. In a litany of instances, she spun in the lane to pour in baskets or draw contact.

“It just started with the energy in this building,” Jeeps coach Andy Chinn said.”We had a lot of great fans here tonight. Our bench was into it and we started getting stops on defense. We had to stack stops together which is what we talking about.”

The defense picked up after surrendering five first-half 3s and eight over three periods but conceded none after that.

The squad had two chances to edge closer than six before it was pushed back to eight.

That’s when a recurring theme took hold of the tilt. A Royer second-chance bucket followed by a Livingston putback with 1:20 left made it 52-48.

Kalb continued to attack the rim, taking the ball three-quarters court for a layin in traffic at 53-50.

After a five-second count on the outside, Kalb attempted a right wing triple that Royer gathered. Her trip to the charity stripe resulted in a pair of misses the second she tipped to the corner for Fuhrman to gather.

After a pair of Kalb free throws, Springs Valley responded by moving the ball into the frontcourt, before getting to the line and hitting both shots. The Jeeps had the ball under their backboard down 55-52.

That’s when the inbound pass to Kalb was intercepted as junior Brynne Buchannan stepped into the passing lane in the corner.

Springs Valley missed the free throw but got the offensive board. After a stop, came the Jeeps’ perfect culmination.

In overtime, Furhman catapulted the winning effort with a steal and layin early on. Royer had another stickback and went 2-4 from the line.

The veteran came up with a pivotal steal with 7.3 seconds left as she fronted the post. She finished with a career-high 16 points.

“I had a little pep talk with her (late),” Fuhrman, who had 13 points, said. “I said, ‘I need you. I need my senior here with me.’ I needed her to put those shots in and she did great. She listened to coach. She listened to her teammates and she did her job.”

Northeast Dubois, which has won four in a row, is scheduled to play Tuesday at Tell City.