BURLINGTON – With 10 seconds left and the clock ticking down in a two-point game Saturday, Sycamore guard Kylie Feuerbach was looking to drive down court.
With 25 points already, maybe she would have kicked the ball out to a shooter on the edge. Maybe she would have drive for a tie.
Burlington Central's Gracie Ozburn took the choice out of her hands.
Ozburn stripped the ball from Feuerbach under the basket and converted the layup, sealing a 52-48 Rockets' win.
Burlington Central led by as many as 17 points in the second half, then held off Sycamore's late charge.
"I thought our fourth quarter was great. I thought the rest of the game was just OK," Sycamore coach Adam Wickness said. "We played defense like our hair was on fire. We started actually playing hard. The first quarter, we didn't put any pressure on them, they only had one turnover at halftime. That says more about our defense then their ball handling."
Feuerbach tried to split two defenders, but was stripped with 10 seconds left, down 50-48.
"I was going to get the ball and try to drive to the basket," Feuerbach said. "I tried to split the girls, and I don't know if there was a foul or not. But the refs didn't call it, so we had to play through that. It was one of those key plays that should have gone in our favor but just didn't."
Even though they didn't have a timeout to draw up a play, Wickness said there were options for Feuerbach if she made it down court.
"She had caught fire a little bit, so we wanted to have our shooters inside, get a couple screens, get them to the corners in case she couldn't create something," Wickness said. Unfortunately, I don't know. I'm kind of speechless as what happened. It happened pretty quickly. I guess she didn't see (Ozburn) there, got tangled up, it was incidental. You're probably not going to get that call from a referee at that point of the game. It is what it is."
The Spartans (17-7) trailed 39-22 early in the third, and 44-32 with 6:10 left in the fourth after a Kat Schmidt layup.
Kylie Feuerbach and Ella Shipley each had seven rebounds for the Spartans, a game high. Shipley added nine points, second most on the team.