Tesia Ruediger at the line with 2.7 seconds left after being fouled while shooting a three.
Below watch the dramatic ending you won’t believe.
Hermann, Mo. – Wednesday night’s semifinal in the Hermann Girls Tournament had fans biting their finger nails in an emotional roller-coaster ending. It was 50 seconds of pure heart pounding action, which ended with one team having to miss a free throw.
Hermann led by one, 45-44, under 50 seconds remaining and Owensville with possession.
Owensville’s freshmen Baily Nelson drove down the left side of the lane, missing the layup as Hermann’s Jamie Gleeson came down with the rebound. Seconds later Gleeson turned it over and suddenly Owensville took the lead after Hailey Diestelkamp scooped up the steal and laid it in, putting Owensville up by one, 46-45.
On the ensuing play after Hermann called their final timeout, Diestelkamp deflected the entry pass inside to Gleeson, sending bodies diving, forcing a jump ball with the possession arrow in favor of Owensville with 18 seconds remaining.
The Lady Bearcats only had four team fouls, forcing them to foul three times before sending Miranda Robertson to shoot one and one and a chance to give her team a three point lead with 12 seconds remaining.
Robertson drained both free throws as if she was in her own backyard, nothing but net. Hermann’s Karinne Lane pushed it up the left side, handing it off to Tesia Ruediger who tried hitting Gleeson underneath but was tipped away, sending the ball lose on the floor.
Somehow the ball ended up in Ruediger’s hands and as she threw up a prayer from in front of her team’s bench she was fouled, sending her to the line, shooting three with 2.7 seconds left, trailing 48-45.
Ruediger missed the first, regained her composer and hit the second, making it a two point game, 48-46.
Ruediger was forced to try and miss her third free throw. Ruediger perfectly on purpose missed the free throw, the ball couldn’t have bounced of the rim any better as Gleeson went up with one hand, making a difficult play look easy, but could not get it to fall, sending Owensville to face Chamois in Friday night’s championship and Hermann to take on New Haven for third place.
Owensville freshmen Diestelkamp scored a game high 16 points, Robertson finished with 12 points followed by Bailey Nelson with 10 points.
Hermann has three girls hit double figures led by Lane and Gleeson both with 12 points and Kirsten Leimkuehler and Ruediger both finished with 10 points.
The third place game is set for 6 p.m. with the championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.