DOWNINGTOWN —In basketball, 40 seconds is a lifetime. For the Unionville girls basketball team, Friday night, it turned out to be a lifeline — despite trailing by four in the closing minute of the game, as it rallied for a thrilling win over Ches-Mont American rival Bishop Shanahan Friday night.
In a game which had multiple lead changes throughout, in the end the Indians prevailed on a last second steal and layup to grab a hard fought 46-45 win over the home Eagles.
Trailing by eight at the half the UHS girls went on an 8-0 run and tied the game at 25 two minutes into the third quarter before 1st half foul trouble resumed.
Three Unionville players who had built an early first half lead had to sit down again late in the third period after outscoring the Eagles 18-5 with foul trouble.
The fourth quarter saw Shanahan continue its zone press which Unionville was beating earlier. In the end, a 45-41 deficit with 40 seconds remaining was down to 45-44 after an Emily Winn left handed up and under move into the post. Unionville called timeout and set up the press with 8 seconds remaining. Winn again played a role and forced a high pass into the middle that was deflected and freshman Alison Lewis scooped up the loose ball and drive the lane for an uncontested layup and the win. Moira McEvoy led the Indians in scoring with 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Alison Lewis contributed 8 points while Kelsey McDonald, Bella Gallo and Emily Winn helped the cause with 6 apiece.