Girls Warriors fight to OT playoff win over CBA

Seymour keys rally with late 3-pointers

— "We needed to shoot the ball," said Seymour. "I didn't think about it much, I just shot it."

Both sides had chances to go ahead at the end of regulation. But Cuomo missed on CBA's end, and Jacy Kocan (who led Liverpool with 11 points) had a 3-pointer go off the rim with one second left.

The overtime period, much like the first four quarters, mostly belonged to the two defenses. Other than Romeo's free throw, no one could convert until Seymour grabbed an offensive rebound and made a basket with 1:12 left, giving the Warriors a 38-37 lead, its first since the opening period.

After Lyteshia Price made a pair of free throws with 32.7 seconds to play, making it 40-37, CBA used most of the clock to find some kind of open look before Cuomo made a runner with 6.4 seconds left, cutting Liverpool's margin back to one.

Immediately fouled, Kocan missed the front end of a one-and-one, and as the clock ticked to zero the Brothers, out of time-outs, appeared unable to get any kind of shot. But just before the buzzer, Romeo got open just long enough to let one more shot fly. It almost went in.

Olley reserved praised for all of his seniors, for good reason. Kocan, Seymour and Price starred on both ends, while Sam Grashof hit a pair of important baskets and Mackenzie Chase offered some valuable minutes off the bench, too.

Defensively, the Warriors used a 2-3 zone, as it has all season, to prevent CBA from getting the fast tempo it wanted. It worked, as the Brothers would lead by as much as seven, but not pull away, leaving things open for Liverpool's late heroics.

This now gives the Warriors a chance at slaying the Goliath down the road in the Class AA semifinals.

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