The Andover girls basketball team’s last-minute comeback effort fell short Friday night with a 51-49 loss at Valley Center.
Facing a nine-point deficit in the final minute of the game, junior Shanti Henry decided to take matters into her own hands. Henry connected on a three-pointer with 48 seconds on the clock to cut the deficit to six points.
To stop the clock, the Andover defense sent Valley Center senior Taylor Rowley to the free-throw line — where she converted both attempts, stretching the Valley Center lead to eight with 26 seconds remaining. Just nine seconds later, another three-pointer from Henry brought the Trojans within five.
Full-court pressure from the Trojans forced a Valley Center turnover on the ensuing possession. As time expired and with the game out of reach, Henry connected on another three-pointer —her sixth of the day.
Henry led the Trojans with 19 points — connecting on six of her twelve attempts from behind the arc and one-of-two from the free-throw line.
Henry was responsible for six of the Trojans’ seven total three-pointers. Junior Kylee Gaddis made one of her two attempts.
“We try to get Shanti the ball as much as we can,” Andover head coach Clint Cornelsen said.
“Shanti is a good player and she has a pretty good shot.”
Henry was the only Trojan in double-figures. Seniors Hayley Jones and Isabelle Reynolds finished with nine points and eight points, respectively.
Cornelsen said that he was happy with his team’s performance despite the loss.
“They never gave up. They fought until the horn and I couldn’t be any more proud,” Cornelsen said. “I love coaching them.”
With Friday’s loss, the Trojans fall to 2-2 on the season. Up next for the Trojans is a road matchup with McPherson.