Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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Shot into wrong basket decides prep playoff game

With a 1-point lead, 2.9 seconds to play and possession of the ball, all Hugo High School had to do was inbound the basketball and run out the clock to advance to the Oklahoma championship tournament. But what followed stunned everyone.

Hugo guard Trey Johnson got confused and laid the ball into the wrong basket just before the buzzer, giving the opposing team, Millwood High, a 38-37 win Thursday in Yukon, Okla., and a place in the Class 3A state semifinals.

Johnson received the pass and needed only to dribble away the remaining seconds for a Hugo win. Instead, he got turned around and dropped a layup in the wrong basket just before the buzzer, Hugo coach Darnell Shanklin said.

Johnson was tough to console, Shanklin said, adding that other players on the team called and texted him on Friday.

The kid feels terrible. Its still a game, regardless of what anyone says, basketball is still a game, Shanklin said.

U.S. women win in soccer Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen did more than defend Friday, scoring their first international goals as the U.S. women stayed atop their group with a 5-0 rout of China at the Algarve Cup soccer event in Albufeir, Portugal.

Christen Press also scored, joining Brandi Chastain, Danielle Fotopoulos and Abby Wambach as the only U.S. players to score four or more goals in their first four appearances. Sydney Leroux also scored for the Americans, who extended their unbeaten streak to 27 games.

The Americans finish group play Monday against Sweden, their first game against former coach Pia Sundhage since she stepped down last fall to return to her native country. Sundhage led the Americans to two Olympic gold medals and the 2011 World Cup final in five years as the U.S. coach.

The Americans are without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who will be sidelined for three-to-four months following surgery to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist.

No. 2 goalkeeper Jill Loyden broke a bone in her left hand during training Thursday and will be out for six months. Nicole Barnhart was in goal for Friday.

Also Friday, Germanys 2-1 victory over Japan moved the two-time World Cup champions into a tie with Norway atop Group A. …

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