In the tournament’s second Division III semi-final, Hathaway-Brown used a four-quarter comeback to edge Miami Trace.
Columbus – Frankly, it took all game to do it. That’s no cliche’. It literally took 28 minutes and 10 seconds for the Hathaway Brown (18-10) Blazers to come back and win the tournament’s second Division III semi-final, 48-40, over Miami Trace.
Down 9-3 at the end of the first quarter, and 23-15 at the half, Hathaway Brown outscored Trace 15-9 in the third quarter to set up a dramatic showdown in the final eight minutes.
Point by point Hathaway chipped away, point by point, finally tying the score at 38-38 with 3:50 left in the game. Miami Trace tightened, in the field and at the foul line, while Hathaway attacked on the offensive end, finally taking the lead at 40-38 with 3:00 to play.
Miami Trace would tie, but Hathaway’s Jackie Carman hit from in close off an offensive rebound to retake the lead at 42-40. Trace would have the ball for four more possession as the clock wound down, but came up empty with good looks at the rim on each of the four. In the meantime, Hathaway’s Dani and Kaydan Lawson took the game over, from the field and the free throw line.
Neither team shot the ball well. Hathaway hit just 33% from the field, while Miami Trace finished with 29%, and just 15% in the fourth quarter (2 of 13). Dani and Kaydan Lawson led the winning Blazers with 16 and 10 points, respectively, while Tanner Bryant led Miami Trace with 10.
The Blazers will face Kettering Alter now on Saturday for the Division II championship.