East Lansing Advances To State Finals In Dramatic Fashion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Victoria Lipscomb's two free throws with two seconds left gave East Lansing a 54-53 victory over Saginaw Arthur Hill in a Class A semifinal Friday at Eastern Michigan University.
The Trojans (25-1) will face Grosse Pointe North (23-2) in Saturday's final. The Norsemen got 23 points and 20 rebounds from sophomore Ariel Braker in a 65-32 rout of North Farmington. Braker, who sat out the final 3:58, narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with nine steals.
Arthur Hill (21-6) led 45-40 going into the final period, and tried to run out the clock with a modified four-corners offense.
Instead, they let East Lansing back into the game, and Sami Tucker's put-back tied the score at 50 with 2:12 to play.
Britney Murphy's free throw made it 51-50, but Tucker scored again with 1:35 left, then pulled down a rebound at the other end. Rachel Woodruff, though, missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Murphy took advantage with a go-ahead layup with 32 seconds left.
Tucker was fouled with nine seconds left and missed both free throws, but tied up the rebound and East Lansing retained possession.
Lipscomb drove to the basket and was fouled by Juanita Cochran. The junior's first free throw rattled home, tying the game, and after an Arthur Hill timeout, she swished the second one for the victory.
In the second game, North Farmington (23-3) scored the game's first four points, but were outscored 30-12 in the rest of the first half. Braker had 13 points, 15 rebounds and five steals in the half.
The Norsemen increased their margin to 51-25 by the end of the third quarter and cruised to the win.

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