DOTHAN – With the game and a regional finals appearance on the line, Brew Tech put the ball in its best player’s hands.
Ashley Asouzu had a chance to win with three seconds left, but her 15-foot jumper rimmed out and Brewbaker Tech fell 52-50 to Clarke County today in the Class 4A South Regional Semifinal.
“That last shot she took was an awesome shot, she had been hitting them all day long,” Brew Tech coach Cynthia Thompson said. “I wouldn’t rather have it in anybody’s hands.”
Asouzu led the Rams (22-2) with 31 points, one shy of tying her career-high, and 10 rebounds. In a back and forth game featuring 10 ties and 10 lead changes, the Rams fell one shot short.
“We win some and we lose some,” Thompson said. “I can appreciate this because the heart was there, and everybody wanted to win, (Clarke County) just got the last couple of shots there.
“I’m not going to say they were the better team, they just hit the last few shots and won the game.”
Shelby Williams, who had 12 points, hit a shot to put the Rams up 18-6 midway through the second quarter, but Clarke County (27-4) answered with a 13-1 run to make it 19-19 at the half.
Both teams scored 16 in the third to make it an exciting final period. Williams hit a layup with 27 seconds remaining to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 51-50 and the Rams fouled LaJessica Rivers the next possession. Asouzu grabbed the board after Rivers missed the front end of the 1-and-1 and the Rams called a time out to run a play on the final possession.
“It was nerve-racking, I won’t lie,” Williams said. “We just really had to stay focused and that’s what we did. We gave it all we could.”
The Rams’ season comes to a screeching halt after expectations of returning to their state championship glory from 2011.
Despite the loss, with solemn, red eyes, Williams said she wouldn’t change a thing about her senior season.
“We actually really had a great year,” Williams said. “We did fall short today, but we had a great season. I’ll take everything away from this season. I learned new things, on and off the court, new people, it was really just a great experience. I loved it.”