MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Only four seconds remained when the Walla Walla Community College women's basketball team went up 66-65 on Makayla DeBry's bonus free-throw to complete her 3-point play here Friday, April 9.
However, Big Bend then connected on a buzzer-beating basket to hand the Warriors a 67-66 loss.
"I told our kids that you usually learn more from losing a game than from winning," WWCC coach Bobbi Hazeltine said. "We will learn so much from this.”
DeBry finished the game with a team-high 15 points for WWCC (1-1 record), and Miaja Mills added 12, while both Taycee Harper and Brie Holecek each had 10.
The Warriors look to bounce back Tuesday at Yakima.
"This loss stung Friday night, but down the road, we will be better for it," Hazeltine said. "It will probably really help us later in the year and for sure next year.”
WWCC had its hands full here Friday, as Kelsey Sorenson put up a game-high 32 points for Big Bend.
A Sorenson layup at the start of the third quarter gave Big Bend its largest lead of the game at 39-27.
But by the time the fourth quarter started, WWCC had climbed all the way back with Harper scoring to put the Warriors up 49-48.
"I was very proud of our kids to come back from 13 down," Hazeltine said. "Big Bend is very good and loaded with sophomores. We are young, and we played with them. That was encouraging.”
Action remained tight the rest of the way, as Sorenson scored to break a 63-63 tie with 43 seconds left.
Sorenson then missed a free-throw that would have upped the Big Bend lead, and Mills grabbed the rebound to give WWCC one more chance.
Following a WWCC timeout with 13 seconds left, DeBry was fouled as she scored to tie things up.
DeBry converted the bonus free-throw with just four seconds to go, but another Sorenson layin would lift Big Bend in the end.
"We knew the play was going to their post because she had scored at will all night long," Hazeltine said. " Our plan was to double her and take our chances on an outside shot.
"For some reason, we didn’t carry out the plan and she was one on one, and she’s hard to stop.”