Whippets hand Comets first loss
But facing the opportunity of knocking off undefeated Delavan-Darien, Harms couldn’t hide her intensity.
The Whippets, however, didn’t seem to mind.
Senior Chelsea Heil’s two free throws with 4.2 seconds left sealed Whitewater’s 51-50 Southern Lakes Conference upset victory over Delavan-Darien here Friday night.
With the win, Whitewater (14-2, 7-1) pulled within one game of previously unbeaten Delavan-Darien (16-1, 9-1) in the Lakes race.
The teams play again at Whitewater on Feb. 22 in a regular-season finale.
“All the odds were against us coming into this game,” Harms said. “We haven’t had school the last two days, but I think we were as prepared as we could be, despite those circumstances.
“This year, I have been trying to be low key and keep it fun, and it’s been a big key for us not to get too intense,” Harms added. “But tonight, I got intense—more intense than I have gotten all year.”
Meanwhile, Delavan-Darien coach Keiya Square took a positive outlook on his team’s frustrating loss.
“One loss isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” Square said. “You never like to lose, of course. But if you’re going to lose, I would rather lose now than in the playoffs.”
The Comets, however, appeared poised to keep their perfect record late in the fourth quarter. Alana Cesarz’s baseline jumper drew Delavan-Darien to within 49-47 with 13 seconds to play.
Leah Harms was fouled on the ensuing possession, but missed the front end of a bonus. On the Comets’ ensuing possession, sophomore guard Courtney Flood got a chance to tie the game after being fouled with 5.5 seconds left.
But Flood couldn’t connect on her front-end free throw and was forced to foul Heil with 4.2 seconds left.
Heil calmly sank two free throws to give Whitewater a 51-47 lead.
Hannah Nieuwenhuis then sank a long three-pointer at the buzzer for Delavan-Darien, but it wasn’t enough.
“I was kind of nervous, but I told myself to calm down and make these two free throws,” Heil said.
Leah Harms calmly racked up 10 first-quarter points to push Whitewater up 18-15.
Whitewater had a 24-23 halftime lead, before building its advantage to 40-37 after three quarters.
Delavan-Darien never led in the fourth quarter.
Kelly Supernaw paced the Comets with 16 points, while Mallory Epping added 10.
WHITEWATER 51, DELAVAN DARIEN 50
Whitewater (51)—Theune, 6-3-17; Heil, 2-3-8; K. Harms, 3-0-7; L. Harms, 5-4-15; Trewin, 1-0-2; Bowey, 1-0-2. Totals: 18-10-51.
Delavan-Darien (50)—Flood, 3-0-7; Nieuwenhuis, 3-0-8; Supernaw, 8-0-16; Epping, 4-2-10; Collins, 1-0-2; Zugay, 1-0-2; Cesarz, 1-3-5. Totals: 21-2-50.
Whitewater 18 6 16 11-51
Delavan-Darien 15 8 14 13 50
Three point goals—Whitewater 5 (Theune 2, K. Harms 2, L. Harms), Delavan-Darien 1 (Flood). Free throws missed—Whitewater 3, Delavan-Darien 7. Total fouls—Whitewater 16, Delavan-Darien 15. Fouled out—Supernaw.