LIVERMORE FALLS – All it took was one glance into Josie Reiss’ eyes and she knew.

Livermore Falls forward Marjorie DeBrosky jumped in front of Reiss’ pass to Telstar teammate Abby Hutchins as the clock ticked under 10 seconds to play, broke in alone and hit a layup despite being fouled to push the Andies to a thrilling 52-49 win over the Rebels on Monday.

“I kind of did know it was coming,” DeBrosky said. “I saw (Telstar guard) Bailey (Davis) look at her. All night I’d been getting called for the reach-in, but I got the ball that time.”

With the game knotted at 49, DeBrosky at first looked like she would have an uncontested look at a layup, but the Rebels hustled back into the play and nearly tipped the ball away.

“I had missed a lot of those all game,” DeBrosky said. “I had to tell myself to slow it down.”

DeBrosky, who finished with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, made the free throw to extend the lead to three.

With Davis on the other bench, though, the Andies were far from comfortable.

“Don’t foul!” Livermore coach Frank Donald yelled from the bench. “Don’t foul the three!”

The Rebels did, in fact, get the ball into Davis, their three-point shooter, but she ran into a wall of Andies with their arms to the sky. She fired anyway, and the ball banged off the backboard and rim and fell to the floor as the buzzer rang.

“It was a good steal by DeBrosky, and she ran with it,” Telstar coach Kelly Dole said. “I was very pleased with the way we played tonight, and if we play like this against most teams, we’ll be right in the game, like we were tonight.”

The Andies (9-8), playing on senior night, got off to a solid start, as did Telstar. The Rebels led by a slim margin for most of the opening quarter, but the Andies crept ahead late in the period on consecutive made shots by Rachel Ventrella and Caryn Howell.

Still, Ventrella’s mark all night, Davis, was as dangerous as ever, and proved it.

“On any given night she can hit six threes,” Ventrella said. “It was important to try and contain her shooting, because that many threes will hurt any team.”

Davis finished with 21 points, including three from beyond the arc.

The Rebels came around in the second and scratched out a two-point edge, only to see the Andies take control in the third and take a 43-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

The teams again deadlocked with 3:42 to play in the game when Davis got a rebound and put back a quick two-pointer to knot the game at 47. DeBrosky hit for two moments later, and the Rebels again tied the score on a pair of Megan Smith free throws with 42.6 seconds to play.


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