8:18 p.m. – We’re running about 25 minutes behind for the finale of Rivalry Saturday. No introductions are necessary. MFL MarMac (15-0) is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A and was the state runner-up last year. Springville (14-0) carries a 27-game winning streak, a run that included the 2008 1A state championship. The Orioles are top-ranked in 1A. Five minutes to tipoff.
8:21 p.m. – MFL’s Whitney Wubbena has a contraption of some sort on the right shoulder. She’s fiddling with it … maybe the adhesiveness is an issue. I’ve never used that word. Adhesiveness.
8:31 p.m. – Intros and tip. The Bulldogs have their game faces on.
8:33 p.m. – Melissa Moon kicks off the scoring with a free throw. MFL 1-0.
8:35 p.m. – Katie Eiben calls for the ball, gets called for 3 seconds.
8:37 p.m. – Wubbena scores inside for first FG. Bulldogs 3-0 4:40.
8:38 p.m. – Chelsey Lamker 3, then Springville turnover. MFL 6-0. O’Donnell pleas to get the ball inside. 3:06 left in 1st.
8:41 p.m. – Another trey for Lamker makes it 9-0, then Eiben converts a three-point play to break the ice for Springville. Callie Kloubec makes a free throw, and it’s 9-4.
8:45 p.m. – Moon scored on a putback, then Kloubec counters for Springville. A big discussion on alternate possession with 0.1 seconds left. I don’t think either team wants it. MFL 11-6 after one quarter.
8:49 p.m. – Second foul on Carly Martin.
8:51 p.m. – Moon hits a long one, on the 3-point line. 13-6. Emily Blietz picks up a foul. She’s been quiet.
8:52 p.m. – Somebody opened the door. A big draft of cold wind blew in. Blietz fouls again. Sarah Davidson makes a free throw, then misses one.
8:54 p.m. – Springville has a really tall cheerleader. Why doesn’t she play? I don’t know why, but I have a tough time telling Bre Oxley and Alison Woods apart.
8:56 p.m. – Kellie Wagner puts back her own miss and it’s 15-7. Lamker hits another 3, and it’s 18-7.
8:58 p.m. – TV timeout. Oh lord, they’re doijng the Macarena. Another cold gust. Eiben hits two FTs. 18-9. The ball goes out of bounds and the tall Springville cheerleader gets out of the way.
9:01 p.m. – Martin has an ugly gash on her knee. Gretchen Eastman to the rescue. Prewrap, and she’s back in the game.
9:05 p.m. – Eiben hits two free throws, then Kloubec zips back door for a bucket. Lamker closes the half with her fourth trey, and the Bulldogs take a 21-13 lead into the locker room.
9:08 p.m. – Springville’s 3-for-17 from the field in the first half.
9:15 p.m. – Ready to start the second half. I’m 55 minutes from headline. Hustle up.
9:16 p.m. – Kloubec scores on Orioles’ first possession. 21-15. Wagner shoots two free throws. Missed both.
9:18 p.m. – Wagner scores from the elbow. Eiben (Eiben!) hits a 3. Lamker scores. Eiben scores and draws a foul. I can’t keep up. 25-21. 5:55 left in 3rd. Orioles force a turnover. Orioles fans perk up.
9:21 p.m. – Martin scores on backdoor feed from Oxley. Blietz shoots two FTs. No good, good. 26-23, 4:35 left.
9:23 p.m. – McKenna Snitker hits an open shotm, and it’s five-point game. Blietz picks up fourth foul. TV timeout, 28-23, 3:46 left in 3rd.
9:26 p.m. – Kloubec converts a putback, Martin scores on a lovely reverse layup and it’s a one-point game.
9:27 p.m. – Eiben scores inside. Springville has its first lead, 29-28, 2:06 left in the third. An MFL fan is taking his frustrations out on the refs.
9:29 p.m. – Snitker hits again. MFL’s back in front, 30-29. Davidson draws a charge on Wagner.
9:32 p.m. – End of three. MFL MarMac 30-29. If the loser of this game drops from No. 1, it’s a crime.
9:34 p.m. – Hailey Hart scores, then Blietz. Springville turns it over.
9:35 p.m. – Blietz fouls out. Davidson smiles.
9:40 p.m. – Hustle play by Snitker leads to Wubbena basket. 34-31. Lamker steal and is fouled. Ball dances around, no good.
9:40 p.m. – Eiben free throws. One of two. 34-32. MFL misses two shots, boards ‘em both. Time out 4:27 left.
9:43 p.m. – Davidson hits a baseline 3 and pumps her fist. Eiben hacks Snitker, who makes one of two free throws to tie it.
9:47 p.m. – Wagner fouls out. Eiben drains 2 FT. Orioles up 2, 2:50 left.
9:49 p.m. – Orioles up 2 with the ball. 2:15 left. 21 minutes til deadline. Take a deep breath.
9:51 p.m. – Martin takes a hard foul Misses first FT. Makes second. 1:56 left.
9:52 p.m. – Moon walks. Martin drives and draws a foul. Makes one. Makes another. 40-35. 1:25 to go.
9:53 p.m. – Lamker hits a long 3 to keep the Bulldogs alive. 40-38, 1:07 to go. Timeout MFL. Great game.
9:54 p.m. – Snitker foul, then Oriole foul. Riley Schiler misses two FTs. 0:39 left.
9:56 p.m. – Martin fouled. Good. Good. 42-38, 0:24 left.
9:57 p.m. – Moon misses 3. Eiben finishes. 44-38. Final.