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CBA girls edged by Liverpool in AA playoff thriller

Unlike 2011 playoff meeting, Romeo's last-second shot does not fall

— With time running out, Marisa Romeo took the shot that, if successful, would send the Christian Brothers Academy girls basketball team past Liverpool in Thursday night’s Section III Class AA quarterfinal.

Sound familiar? It is, because the exact same thing happened in the exact same round one year ago, Romeo hitting the game-winner in the waning seconds to push the Brothers past the Warriors 47-46, though that game took place at Liverpool.

Here, it was in overtime, it was in CBA’s gym, and despite the chaotic nature of the waning seconds and the rushed nature of Romeo’s shot, it sailed toward the basket, hit the backboard, hit the rim, and rolled around the edge twice.

But it did not fall through.

By that tiny margin, the Brothers’ season ended, a bitter 40-39 defeat that the Brothers had every chance to prevent, but could not seize.

Leading for most of the game, CBA appeared safe when Michelle Wiese made a timely steal and fed it to Julie Cuomo for a breakaway layup with 1:31 to play, extending the margin to 36-30. To that point, Liverpool had only managed one field goal in the entire fourth quarter.

Then Shannon Seymour saved Liverpool’s season. The senior guard hit a line-drive 3-pointer with 1:13 left, cutting the margin to 36-33. Then, after CBA turned it over, Seymour flashed open again beyond the arc and, with 42 seconds to play, drained another 3, and the Warriors had pulled even, 36-36.

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.

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