CHICO — An off shooting night didn’t dampen the confidence of Christiane Carlisle.
In the closing seconds of the Northern Section Division III semifinal game, the Pleasant Valley High girls basketball team trailed 49-47.
Lingering behind the perimeter, Carlisle received a pass from Cassidy King. Then without hesitation, Carlisle let the ball fly swishing in the go-ahead basket to give the Vikings a 50-49 advantage with 4.5 seconds left.
After a Shasta timeout, on the other end of the floor the Wolves were only able to get one shot off which was off target. Kylie Matthews jumped up, grab the rebound and let the clock run out clinching a 50-49 win and officially sending the Pleasant Valley High girls basketball team to the section championship.
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“She’s a shooter. She doesn’t usually force too many. She takes the shot when she’s open and normally she makes those, she wasn’t tonight,” said PV head coach Bob Paddock. “Other girls will stop shooting. Christiane took that last shot, the one that we needed. She had confidence and stepped into it.”
Carlisle had only had one field goal on the night before hitting the clutch 3.
“I knew it was a big shot for me and I just did everything I could and it went in,” Carlisle said. “I just knew I had to be confident. I couldn’t think about my other (shots) I missed. I just had to shoot it, be confident and it went in.”
The top-seeded Vikings square off against No. 2 Enterprise at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Butte College. Enterprise defeated Chico High in the other semifinal 63-55 in Redding.
“We wanted to get to the section game so bad. We’re so happy we’re finally there,” Carlisle said. “The beginning of the season we were playing some tough teams trying to find our groove. We finally found it.”
Shaley Vieg led the Vikings with 19 points including a basket from downtown that broke a 29-29 tie in the third quarter. Matthews finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and Mallory Moore added 10 points for PV.
Shasta, which had trailed 27-14 at the break, whittled away the Vikings’ lead after opening the third period on an 8-0 run.
Isabelle Smith’s jumper off the glass sparked the offensive spurt. Smith led the Wolves with 15 points on the night. Then Ava Jackson, who finished with 10 points, hit a 3 from the corner and Arielle Patton hit another 3 to get within 27-22 with 5 minutes, 55 seconds left in the third.
After a Moore jumper, Smith found a lane for a layup prompting Paddock to take a timeout.
But the Wolves continued to roll with their momentum. Jackson hit a shallow jumper, Julianna Flores went 1-of-2 from the line and Flores tied the game 29-all with an offensive board and putback.
After Vieg’s 3, Shasta answered with a trey of its own as Jackson buried another 3 to tie it 32-32. A Flores free throw would send Shasta into the final quarter ahead 33-32.
Flores finished the night with 14 points and was 10-of-13 from the line, including 6-of-6 in the fourth quarter.
Shasta built a 39-34 advantage after Jackson swished in a jumper. But then Vieg hit a pair of 3-pointers to get within 41-40 with 5:17 left.
“They finally woke up in the last four or five minutes and started getting after it on defense,” Paddock said.
Shasta pulled ahead 47-43 after a corner 3 from Ella Rodriguez. On the Vikings’ next possession, Moore fought for a rebound, drew a foul and hit a pair of freebies to make it a one-possession game.
Already in bonus, Matthews hit both ends of a one-and-one to tie it 47-47 with 1:18 left.
Shasta – 4-10-19-16 – 49
Pleasant Valley – 11-16-5-18 – 50
No. 4 Wolves (16-12) – Patton 3, Giacomelli 3, Rodriguez 4, Jackson 10, Flores 14 Smith 15.
No. 1 Vikings (16-11) – Lindquist 2, King 4, Carlisle 4, Moore 10, Matthews 11, Vieg 19.
3-pointers — SHS – 6: Patton, Giacomelli, Rodriguez, Smith, Jackson (2); PV 5: Carlisle, Vieg (4).
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