When the Institute of Notre Dame's Chandrea Jones grabbed a defensive rebound with two seconds to go in last night's game against No. 2 Roland Park, she was not about to let go.
Jones' rebound preserved a 37-36 upset for the No. 12 Indians over the Reds in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game last night at Villa Julie College, the Reds' home arena while their gym floor is under repair.
"I wasn't letting that go for nothing," said Jones, an All-Metro junior guard. "If that was the only thing I did tonight, I was holding onto it."
But that was far from the only thing Jones did last night. With 30.8 seconds left, she scored the game-winning basket, a follow shot under pressure.
Jones missed one shot, saw her second one blocked and then hit the third to give the Indians their 37-36 lead in a game that neither team led by more than a point for the final 6:25.
That final basket gave Jones 17 points for the game - nine in the second half - as the Indians rallied from a nine-point deficit at the start of the final quarter. She also had 10 rebounds and two assists.
"When you have a player like Chandrea, who just refused to lose - she just took control of the offense in the second half," IND coach Herb Hoelter said. "This is probably the fourth close game in the last two years where she just says, 'We want to win.' She made the shots. She got the rebounds."
With the victory, the Indians (12-4 overall, 9-3 conference) tightened the race in the IAAM A Conference Y Division. No. 1 and defending conference champ St. Frances stands in first place at 9-1, followed by the Reds (13-3, 7-2) and the Indians.
All A Conference games count toward a team's standing in its division, but each team plays twice against each of the other teams in its division and once against each team in the other division.
IND has games remaining against both St. Frances, whose loss was to Roland Park, and the Reds. Roland Park and St. Frances will also meet again.
Last night, the Reds took a 28-18 lead midway through the third quarter, but the Indians scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to pull within 31-30. Amber Smith tied the game at 35 when she banked in a three-pointer with 2:20 left. Brittany Kalkstein hit a free throw with 1:13 left to put the Reds back in front before Jones hit the game-winner.
The Indians also had a strong defensive performance from Ashley Burrell, who held Reds' All-Metro guard Dani Kell to six points. Amanda Hessinger led Roland Park with 10 points.