Eastview players celebrated their 42-41 victory over Rosemount on Wednesday at Eastview High School. Photo: RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ firstname.lastname@example.org
When it mattered most, Eastview leaned on its most experienced players to edge upstart Rosemount 42-41 in the Class 4A, Section 3 championship game.
Emma Carpenter’s layup with 25.6 seconds left gave Eastview (22-5) the lead for good Wednesday, capping a second half in which the lead changed hands six times.
Rosemount (19-10) had two shots at potential game-winning baskets in the final 10 seconds, but both fell off the rim.
Both teams were on hot streaks coming into the game. Defending state champion Eastview had won nine consecutive games, its last loss coming against Rosemount. The Irish had done one better, winning 10 in a row with a lineup mostly of underclassmen.
The Irish took a 19-17 lead at halftime, thanks to the inside strength of sophomore forward Helen Staley. She scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half of the game played at high-seed Eastview.