The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Panther girls that night.
The team was down by eight with but one more quarter left in sight.
But Frehner scored six points, and Whipple added five, and now they had the lead if they could but survive.
No one was leaving now, had become a real close game, and both sides clung to hope their team would get the fame….
With all due respect to the Casey at the Bat poem, at Littlefield, Arizona last week, Pahranagat Valley came from behind by eight in the fourth quarter, holding Beaver Dam scoreless, and went on to win a 27-24 thriller to clinch the No. 2 seed for the Division IV Southern League playoffs.
Allyse Frehner made three free throws with 6:40 to go in the game, then came back 30-seconds later with a three-pointer to draw Pahranagat Valley within five.
It had not gone well at all for the Panther girls in the first half, battling a Diamondback squad also wanting the No. 2 spot in the playoffs.
Beaver Dam opened with a 12-2 run in the first quarter but faltered in the second to only lead 14-5 at halftime.
As the final period began, Alamo coach Amy Huntsman went to a zone defense and told her team they had to pick it up. “We were in serious foul trouble, plus being short-handed, I told them we’re going to have to play better defense and get some stops or we’re going to get beat.”
So the girls toughened their defense and shutoff star player Jailene Hernandez. The Panthers held Beaver Dam scoreless in the final period.
“We did want we needed to do,” said Huntsman, “but I wish we would have played four quarters like that instead of one. We have the ability, we just didn’t do it.”
Hernandez had 14 points to lead Beaver Dam. Frehner led Pahranagat with nine points and Madi Taylor had eight.
Frehner’s six fourth quarter points pulled PVHS to within 22-24 and Karley Whipple tied it at 5:02 remaining, then her straight-on three-pointer at 3:08 banked off the glass to give Pahranagat their only lead of the game, 27-24.
From there, Beaver Dam coach Charles Hurley decided to go to a delay game, not even trying to take a shot, or finding no good openings, and finally a turnover with 23.5 seconds left gave the ball to the Panthers and they just ran out the clock.
On Saturday at Mountain View, Alyson Egbert scored 12 points to lead the Panthers by the Saints 39-14.
Madalyn Taylor added nine points for Pahranagat Valley, which led 19-7 at the half.
Tayah De’Bouck led Mountain View (2-19) with six points.
The Lady Panthers (13-7, 6-1) played at White Pine (20-5) last night and have one final league game, tonight, against last place Indian Springs (2-16, 0-7).
The Diamondbacks close out the league season hosting leader Round Mountain (15-5, 7-0) and Tonopah (4-12, 3-3) this weekend.
The Lady Panthers, the two-time defending league and state champions, by virtue of being the No. 2 seed this season, have a first round bye in the league tournament and advance to the semifinals at Desert Pines High Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.