Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Basketball: Greenville Comes Up Empty Down Stretch in Sectional Loss to Rival Hillsboro

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Basketball: Greenville Comes Up Empty Down Stretch in Sectional Loss to Rival Hillsboro

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HILLSBORO, ILL. - Nancy Fritzsche fought back tears.

The Greenville High senior then looked at the scoreboard and shook her head in disbelief.

A six-foot forward, Fritzsche struggled to face the reality of the Comets disappointing 59-56 loss to Hillsboro on Thursday in the Class 2A Hillsboro Sectional championship game at Hillsboro High.

"This is the most heartbreaking thing -- ever," Fritzsche said.

Fritzsche did everything possible to keep Greenville's dream season alive.

She scored a team-high 21 points despite spending part of the game in foul trouble. But it wasn't enough as the Comets' offense went south down the stretch.

"A lot of shots just stayed on the rim and wouldn't fall," Greenville coach Kolin Dothager said. "Layups, they just wouldn't go down."

Greenville ends its most successful season at 30-2 with both losses coming to the Hiltoppers.

Hillsboro beat the Comets 72-61 on Dec. 6 before Greenville reeled off 22 successive wins to set the stage for the rematch.

The Comets appeared set on gaining revenge when junior Megan Hallemann scored to give her team a 54-49 lead with just 3 minutes, 16 seconds left.

But that was Greenville's last basket until a meaningless jumper with one second remaining.

Greenville missed seven successive shots during crunch time as they closed the game on a 1-for-8 skid.

Hillsboro senior standout Sammi Matoush took advantage with a 30-point effort, including three baskets in an 89-second span. Her 3-pointer put the hosts up to stay 56-54 with 1:36 left.

"We just decided we didn't want to go home yet," Matoush said.

The 5-11 forward has scored 2,807 points in her career and sits in 14th place on the state's all-time scoring list. She turned in another in a series of standout efforts on her 18th birthday.

"We got the, "W," that's a good enough present for me," Matoush said. …

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