MOSES LAKE — Down by six points with one minute, 19 seconds left in Friday’s game, the Wenatchee boys basketball team didn’t give up, and Alex Hopkins made the game-winning shot with less than two seconds left to lift the Panthers to a 48-47 win.
Moses Lake hit a free throw with 29 seconds left. Wenatchee got the ball to the hoop, made a couple of looks, took a shot and missed.
With the rebound, Hopkins spun around, took the shot and made it with 1.3 seconds left.
After passive second and third quarters, the Panthers couldn’t afford to quit playing hard.
“Moses Lake ran a press,” coach Ron Stone said. “We had a lot of turnovers and missed a lot of bunnies, but we didn’t give up. We kept battling.”
In the fourth quarter, Wenatchee put on a full-court press, and that’s when the scoring went its way.
Hopkins limited Dennis Ulyanchuk’s effectiveness. Moses Lake’s top player scored 15 points.
“(Hopkins) kept the ball out of Ulyanchuk’s hands. He limited his touches,” Stone said.
Moses Lake girls 49, Wenatchee 43
Four Wenatchee starters sat out much of the first half due to fouling, and by halftime Moses Lake led 26-11.
In the Panthers’ fight to close the gap before the final buzzer, sophomore guard Gabby Waterman led the team in scoring with 10 points.
Wenatchee’s deficit proved to be too large to fill before the game ended.
Moses Lake went 18-for-26 from the free throw line, and Wenatchee went 18-for-33.