Lauralton Hall girls loses 2OT thriller

A shot as the second overtime expired rattled off the rim as fifth-seeded Lauralton Hall fell to 12th seeded North Haven 52-50 in the first round of the Southern Connecticut Conference girls basketball tournament.

North Haven senior and 1,000-point scorer Jill Johnson drove the lane and put the Indians (11-10) up two points late. The buzzer sounded, but after a discussion 2.8 seconds was put back on the clock.

The Crusaders (12-9) moved the ball the length of the court, but a shoveled shot slid off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

The win gives the Indians their first trip ever to the SCC girls basketball quarterfinals, SCC Commissioner Al Carbone tweeted. North Haven now visits fourth-seeded Sheehan of Wallingford Saturday at 11;45 a.m.

Johnson scored 34 of her team's 52 points, including 18 of the Indians' 19 points in the first half, which they led by five, 19-14.

Lauralton Hall rallied out of the locker room and took a one-point lead after three frames 26-25.

A back-and-forth fourth quarter left the teams tied at 36 and headed into overtime.

A play similar to the one as time expired nearly gave the Crusaders a late lead in the first extra period, but a travel call — one of many on the night walks and held balls whistled during the game — gave North Haven the ball back with about four seconds left.

The Indians worked the ball back to the arc on the far end of the court, but never got a shot off as the first overtime ended.

North Haven opened up a five-point lead, 48-43, in the second overtime before Lauralton Hall chipped away.

With the game tied at 50, Johnson drove lane to lay what proved to be the game winner.

Senior guard Maggie Salandra led the Crusaders with 19 points, while sophomore forward Trish Gildea added 13.