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DeLaSalle outlasts Holy Angels 61-59 to reach 3A title game

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 03/14/19, 1:45PM CDT


A basket by Nurjei Weems with 5.6 seconds left was the margin of victory for the Islanders.

DeLaSalle's Nurjei Weems went up for a shot despite defensive efforts by Holy Angels' Emma Mastre in the second half of the Class 3A semifinal Thursday at Williams Arena. Photo: ELIZABETH FLORES • liz.flores@startribune.com

Of the seven lead changes in Thursday’s Class 3A semifinal featuring DeLaSalle and Holy Angels, six came during a frenzied late stretch.

No. 1 seed DeLaSalle outlasted Holy Angels for a 61-59 victory as junior forward Nurjei Weems got loose for a layup with eight seconds left. A Holy Angels three-pointer missed as time expired.

“I was really scared,” Weems said as the ball came her way. “I didn’t want to drop the pass because I felt like it would have been on me if we lost the game. When I made the layup, the energy was really high and I was happy that I got to do that for my team.”

The last of Weems’ team-best 18 points won the game. But teammates Mary Claire Francois and Sydney Runsewe made equally big shots during a wild two minutes and 28 seconds of the teams trading one-point leads.

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