Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Surge Falls Short in Bid for Back-to-Back Basketball Titles

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Surge Falls Short in Bid for Back-to-Back Basketball Titles

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With time winding down Sunday afternoon in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League championship game at Fontbonne University, the St. Louis Surge put the ball in the hands of their leader, Rebecca Harris.

But her shot make that shots missed the mark.

"I've been in that situation before. Sometimes the shot falls, and sometimes it doesn't," said Harris, who missed a 10-footer and a 5-foot follow shot in the waning seconds as the Surge's bid to capture back-to-back WBCBL titles fell short. The Georgia Soul came away with a 64-63 victory.

"I feel bad our goal was to win the title in front of our home fans but it was a tough game and I thought we competed hard the whole way. Give Georgia credit, they fought back and did what they needed to do at the end.

"We gave it everything we had and came up a little short. But that's basketball."

Added Surge coach Tony Condra: "There's nobody else I'd rather have in that spot. Nobody. And everybody in that locker room feels the same way. In 2014, when we won our first title, we were in the same spot in the semifinals and Rebecca hit the shot with six seconds left. She's our leader and a big reason we've had the season we've had."

Playing in its fourth straight WBCBL title game, the Surge finished the season 12-1. The Surge won championships in 2014 and 2016 and have finished as runners-up in 2015 and 2017.

The third-seeded Soul (15-3) pulled off its second upset in less than 24 hours, having handed the No. 2-seeded Dallas Diesel its first loss of the season in Saturday night's semifinals, winning 77-60.

"We were the underdog all weekend, but we knew that if we stayed focused and played our game, we'd have a chance," said tournament MVP Khadijiah Cave, whose two free throws with 1:16 to play put the visitors on top 64-63 for their only lead of the title game.

"We expected a nail-biter, but we battled through the adversity and came away with the victory."

In a key sequence just before Cave's free throws, St. Louis' Kristi Bellock came up with a blocked shot and grabbed the loose ball. But after some contact with a Georgia player, Bellock fell to the floor and was called for traveling. …

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