KENESAW — Silver Lake's Sydney Skupa had eight rebounds in the semifinal round of the Twin Valley Conference Friday night, but none bigger than when she grabbed teammate Joslyn Grabill's missed free throw with 4.9 seconds left.
Skupa was fouled and went 1-for-2 from the line to seal the Mustangs' 37-35 victory over the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders to advance to the TVC championship game against Blue Hill, 7:15 p.m., today in Kenesaw. Silver Lake is now 13-6 and Lawrence-Nelson is 9-11.
"We did play offensively very aggressively, but when it came down to it we didn't box out," L-N head coach Cathy Biltoft said. "That's how they got the offensive board and put back down. We didn't stop the drive, we had fouls to give but we stopped it too late and they ended on the line again. It's down to those two final plays right there and it could very easily have gone to overtime. And then who knows what?"
The teams have recent history and both coaches were pleased with the progress made in the last week. Silver Lake beat Lawrence-Nelson 42-32, Jan. 30 in Nelson.
"Offensively we were better the first half than we were a week ago when we played them," Silver Lake head coach Joshua Drake said. "Both teams really locked down. It was a grind. We're very lucky to get out with a win."
The Mustangs led 21-17 at half time compared to 16-10 a week ago.
Silver Lake's Joslyn Grabill led all scorers with 15 points. Sydney Parr added 10 points for the Mustangs.