By Jeff Jones
BUTLER — In a tight sectional game, one team grabbing late momentum usually comes out on top.
That’s what happened in Tuesday’s Adams Central-Churubusco contest in the Class 2A Eastside Sectional. The Flying Jets edged the Eagles 26-25 in the opening game of the tournament.
Adams Central (5-18) faces Bluffton (15-7) at 6 p.m. Friday. Eastside (15-8), which beat South Adams 46-41 in overtime in the second game, faces Canterbury (8-14) in Friday’s second game. Churubusco’s season ended at 3-20.
A three-pointer by Churubusco’s Isabelle Hille cut the deficit to 20-18, but the Flying Jets got inside scores from Lexi Smith and Carly Holley to extend the lead to six with 2:14 to play.
Myah Bear connected from long distance on the Eagles’ next possession to cut it to 24-21.
The next basket was going to be huge in the outcome, and Adams Central got it when Smith fed Madison Bebout in the paint for two with 23 seconds left. A scoop shot under the bucket by Churubusco’s Alayna Fulkerson kept hope alive.
With 11.6 seconds left, Adams Central’s Sage Hammond missed the front end of a bonus, and Churubusco’s Callie Lemper went the distance for a layup. The Jets were able run out the clock however.
The teams played to a 7-7 tie after a quarter. Brein Gross drove to the basket to score late in the second, giving the Eagles a 12-10 lead at the break. Adams Central scored the first six points of the third to take the lead, and held a 20-15 advantage with a quarter to play.
Lemper had eight points to lead Churubusco. Hille added six points in the loss. Adams Central got six points each from Holley and Brooklyn Salway.
Churubusco was 10-of-45 (22 percent) from the field. Adams Central was 12-of-50 (24 percent) in shot attempts.