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Lady 'Stangs Stun Frankfort 41-40

January 25, 2013
By Melvin Webster of Bishop Brossart High School

     It was an emotional roller coaster at the end of the Bishop Brossart - Frankfort contest in the Touchstone Energy Kentucky State All "A" Classic for both Frankfort and Bishop Brossart.      Frankfort's Brianna Burbridge let fly with a long three pointer with just 11 seconds remaining to erase a Bishop Brossart 39-37 lead and give the hometown favorites a 40-39 advantage. Bishop Brossart's Madison Eisenman quickly took the ball out of bounds made a crisp pass to Sarah Futscher at the three point line who made a perfect pass to Maria Greis. Greis in turn threaded a pin point strike to Abby Stadtmiller on the run who laid the ball in a second before the buzzer to give the Lady 'Stangs what seemed to be a 41-40 win as time expired. BUT WAIT!    

     The officials huddled at the scorer's table with the timer for what seemed to be an eternity before waving their arms as if they were waving the basket off. The Frankfort bench erupted in joy, the hometown fans went balistic thinking the basket had been ruled late and the Lady Panthers had won. BUT WAIT!    

     It seems what the officials were discussing was whether Stadtmiller was fouled before the shot and should get a free throw as well. They were signaling the game was over and the Stadtmiller basket was good.     Then the announcement was made. It was official...Bishop Brossart won 41-40 and would advance to the State Semifinals to once again face Newport CC on Saturday morning. Now it was the Lady 'Stangs bench and fans that erupted in excitement.     "Wow, this is the type of game you'll remember forever years later, " exclaimed an exhausted Coach Josh Feldmann."You have to give Frankfort and their coaches a lot of credit. I'm so proud of our team."     

     Brossart outshot Frankfort from the field 37.6% to 22.6%, and outshot them from the line 79.2% in a game that saw 7 lead changes and 8 ties. Brossart made 19 of 24 free throws.     

     Frankfort led a great deal of the game including a 21-16 advantge at the half as Brossart shot only 28.6%. They outrebounded BBHS 40-33 with a whopping 19-3 edge in offensive rebounds. The Lady Panther's Shauntae Brown was scoring 18 points hitting 8 of 11 from the line but hitting only 5 of 16 from the field.     Trailing 37-34 with 1:54 remaining Sarah Futscher made a driving layup and was fouled by Burbridge. She converted the free throw to tie it at 37 all. Following Jasmine Washington's failed three point attempt, Brossart marched back down the floor and Rachel Hartig gave the 'Stangs a 39-37 advantage on a nice assist from Eisenman.    

     That set up Burbridges three bomb with 11 seconds and the classic ending for the game.     Futscher wound up with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Abby Stadtmiller had 15 including the game winner. Hartig had 4 with Maria Greis and Morgan Verst each netting 2 to round out the scoring.     Brossart is now 18-4 while Frankfort falls to 13-5.     The Lady 'Stangs advance to the semifinals for the second straight year to face NCC. at 10 AM Saturday.    

     "Years from now I hope they don't forget the whole play," said Feldmann "not just the layup but the passes from Eisenman to Futscher to Greis. They all had to be perfect and they were."    


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