El Dorado lets Agoura escape in OT


PLACENTIA - El Dorado was a free throw away from victory in its CIF-SS Division 3AAA girls basketball semifinal against Agoura on Saturday night at El Dorado High.

But instead of converting the free throw that would have given the Hawks the lead with 2.9 seconds left in regulation, the contest went to overtime where the Chargers went on to win, 41-36.

The Golden Hawks had trailed for nearly the entire game before Haylee Byrne basket tied the score at 32 with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers wound up with possession with 30 seconds to play and ran the clock down to 11 seconds when there was a scramble for the ball.

Byrne came up with the loose ball at half court, dribbled to the basket and was fouled going up for a layup.

But Byrne missed both free throws and the contest went to overtime.

Jaylin Jones scored the first bucket in the extra period, to give the Hawks a 34-32 lead. But Gigi Olelewe scored at the other end for the Chargers to tie the score.

The score stayed tied until Kim Jacobs’ three-pointer gave the Chargers the lead for good with just over a minute left.

El Dorado’s Brooke Salas hit a pair of free throws to get the Hawks to within a point but the Chargers responded with a basket from Sydney Bennett to get the lead back up to three with under a minute remaining.

Dee Fink then missed the potential game tying three-pointer for El Dorado with just under 10 seconds left, and the Hawks were forced to foul.

Kim Jacobs hit a pair of free throws for the Chargers, which put the contest away.

Salas scored 17 to lead El Dorado, including all eight points for the Hawks in third quarter.

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