This, ladies and gentlemen, is why it’s so important to hit your free throws.
Eastern Pekin had a two point lead with a final free throw to come in the final 10 seconds of the team’s Southridge Class 2A regional title game against South Ripley. A make would all but lock up at least overtime for Eastern. A miss would give South Ripley one final shot.
He missed, South Ripley rushed down the court and, right on cue, sophomore guard Cory Walker stroked a game-winning three from the top of the court. Game, set, match and state tournament berth for South Ripley with a 57-56 victory.
The reaction is what you’d expect for both sides. One must simply hope that the poor Eastern shooter who misfired on that final free throw can brush off the miss and get some sleep.