Prep Girls Basketball

Humphrey's last-second putback gives Blue Devils overtime victory

Jada Humphrey
By RODNEY HART
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Posted: Feb. 1, 2017 6:30 am

QUINCY -- Jada Humphrey had no time to think as she jumped for a rebound in the waning seconds of overtime Tuesday night and her team down by a point to visiting Springfield Southeast.

In one motion, Humphrey rebounded a missed 3-pointer by teammate Sarah Nelson and pushed it up and through the hoop as time expired, giving the Quincy High School girls basketball team a wild 49-48 victory at QHS Gym.

"I wasn't expecting it," said a sheepish Humphrey, who battled foul trouble all night yet came up huge down the stretch for QHS. "To be honest, I thought Sarah had made the shot. I just jumped for it. I knew there was about 0.9 seconds left, so I just aimed at the basket and hoped for the best."

The game featured an ugly first half and entertaining third and fourth quarters. QHS (11-11) appeared to have the game won in regulation when senior Miayla Robbins, just like she did against Quincy Notre Dame earlier this season, calmly lofted home a 3-pointer from the left wing with about six seconds to play, giving the Blue Devils a 40-38 lead.

However, Springfield Southeast's Shelby Williams dribbled the length of the floor and leaned home a jumper from about 6 feet to tie it as the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime.

"Scary," was how Robbins described her late-game 3-pointer. "But the team believed in me and when I got the ball in my hands, I had to let it go."

QHS got another huge 3-pointer from freshman Olivia Edwards to spark a 7-0 run early in the extra session, and the Blue Devils led 47-41 with about two minutes left. Southeast came back again, scoring six points within 45 seconds, setting up the chaotic final seconds.

Quincy turned the ball over three times in the final minute and Southeast twice. The Spartans (9-10) seemingly had the game won when Williams, who had five points in the final two minutes, grabbed a rebound with four seconds left. Humphrey then caused another turnover when she forced a jump ball by reaching around Williams to grab the ball.

That set up Nelson catching an inbounds pass on the same play Robbins used to drain her 3-pointer, but Nelson's shot bounced off to the right before Humphrey scored.?Southeast coach Sandi Devoe, who coached QHS for seven seasons until resigning in 2010, was unhappy a foul wasn't called on Humphrey when she forced the jump ball.

"It was a struggle, but my girls worked hard," Devoe said. "She (Humphrey) crashed the boards, and we didn't do a good job blocking out."

Quincy had just two field goals in the first half and trailed 13-9. The Blue Devils made only 12 of 38 free throw attempts and missed numerous shots near the basket. QHS did tighten up on defense, and Southeast went more than 14 minutes without a field goal from the end of the first quarter until deep into the third quarter.

The Spartans mustered only a free throw in the second quarter and trailed 22-20 after three quarters.

"Free throws and layups," QHS coach Brad Bergman said. "If we had scored on our free throws and layups, we would have had 65 points."

The lead changed hands 10 times in the second half, and neither team had more than a four-point edge. Southeast stayed in the game in large part due to 18 offensive rebounds.

"It's the small things," said Bergman, whose team began a stretch of three games in five days. "We executed at the end, and we ran the plays that got us the shots. Jada's rebound ended the game for us, but the lack of rebounding is what put us in that position in the first place."

Humphrey played with four fouls for much of the second half. She finished with 11 points to lead QHS. Robbins had 10 points and Arriana Benjamin had six of her nine points in the third quarter.

Williams was the lone Southeast player in double figures with 16 points.

Quincy High School 49, Springfield Southeast 48

SPRINGFIELD SOUTHEAST (9-10)

Barbee 2 2-4 6, Williams 6 2-5 16, J. Jones 1 0-0 2, Jordan 0 0-0 0, Duffy 2 2-3 6, Brown 2 4-8 8, Nichols 1 1-2 4, Ashford 0 0-0 0. King 2 1 0-0 2, Alexander 1 2-2 4. Totals 16 13-24 48.

QHS (11-11)

Robbins 4 0-1 10, Ozbelent 0 1-2 1, Edwards 3 0-4 5, Humphrey 3 5-8 11, Espinoza 0 1-2 1, Anders 1 2-3 5, Carothers 0 0-0 0, Nelson 1 2-6 5, Edwards 1 0-2 2, Benjamin 4 1-10 9. Totals 16 12-38 49.

Southeast 12 1 7 20 8--48

QHS 2 7 13 18 9--49

3-point field goals--Southeast 3 (Williams 2, Nichols), QHS 5 (Robbins 2, Edwards, Anders, Nelson). Fouls--Southeast 28, QHS 19. Fouled out--Alexander, Jones.