CBA girls edged by Liverpool in AA playoff thriller

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

— 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.

CBA never got a chance to play at the fast tempo it wanted, frustrated by Liverpool’s 2-3 zone. Still, it inched to a 22-18 halftime lead and stretched the margin to seven, 30-23, by the end of the third period.

Kocan’s 3-pointer and a three-point play from Rachael Windhausen cut the margin to 30-29, but from there the Brothers swarmed on the defensive side, not allowing much more until Seymour (who had eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter and OT) showed up.

Though the last shot did not fall (barely), Romeo still managed 19 points on the night, while Kelsey Johnson contributed 10 points.

From this year’s 14-5 squad, Johnson is one of just four departing seniors, joining Wiese, Amanda DelCoro and Caroline Webster. The return of Romeo, Cuomo, Olivia Pitonzo and Alyssa Pitonzo, among others, should make CBA dangerous again next season, and the memory of how 2011-12 ended should only add to the motivation.

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