Swanton was tied or led for 30:31 seconds of their game with Toledo Christian Saturday.
However the minute and 29 seconds the Eagles were in front were the last 1:29 of the game as the Bulldogs who held off three TC rallies couldn’t hold off a fourth in a 51-49 loss.
Swanton jumped in front early, using six straight points from two Karah Kohlman free throws, Sidney Taylor’s hoop off an out-of-bounds play and Kyleigh Ramlow’s drive and bank to take a 10-4 lead.
That lead grew to 14-5 when Ramlow’s long pass over the Eagle press found Haley Nelson for a layup and Ramlow scored shortly after on a fast break to give the Bulldogs a 14-5 lead with 1:14 left in the first.
Claire Leidigh’s putback off the glass with 22 seconds on the clock kept the lead at nine before Lily Young tripled 15 seconds later to cut the Swanton lead to 16-10 at the quarter.
Ramlow’s drive kept the Bulldog lead at 25-17 with 4:34 to go in the half before the Eagles went on an 8-0 run keyed by Annie Kempton’s three-point play and Ella Zaborowski’s triple to knot the score at 25 at the 3:21 mark.
Ramlow answered with a triple 30 seconds later to regain a three point lead for the Bulldogs they took into the half at 32-29.
It was Ramlow again boosting the Bulldog lead to 36-29 going full court against the press but TC answered with an 8-1 run that included triples by Kempton and Zaborowski to tie up the contest at 37 with 5:12 left in the third.
Cydney Christensen nailed a pair from the foul line and Ramlow scored again on the break to put Swanton up four, but Kempton answered with back-to-back baskets to force yet another tie at 41.
Nelson untied the game with a drive with 100 seconds left in the third to give the Bulldogs a lead heading in the fourth that eventually expanded to 48-43 on a couple of Ramlow foul shots with 4:50 left.
However Swanton couldn’t dent the scoreboard for the next four minutes and during that span Kortney McClure hit back-to-back jumpers for TC and Caitlyn Stuart gave the Eagles there first lead of the game with 1:29 on the clock with a hoop inside to make it 49-48.
Zaborowski split a pair from the line as did Ramlow with 45 ticks left to keep Swanton within a point.
Zaborowski again split a pair giving the Bulldogs a shot but a Bulldog turnover with five seconds left stopped that possession.
Swanton had one last chance after Megan Draper missed the front end of a two shot foul and a lane violation voided the second free throw, but Ramlow’s heave from just inside half court didn’t find the mark.
Ramlow’s 18 led the Bulldogs while Nelson chipped in with 10.
The Bulldog travel to Montpelier for their last NWOAL contest of the season Thursday, then go to Otsego the following Monday.
Joe Blystone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU