CULVER | South Central’s Collin Froedge didn’t score in the first 31 minutes Tuesday night against Oregon-Davis, but he more than made up for it in the final minute.
Froedge drained a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to give the Satellites a 31-29 win in the Class A Culver Sectional.
“That’s mental toughness,” South Central coach Eric Branz said. “The kid didn’t play a lot of minutes. We stressed to our team that we are a team, and we’re going to have someone step up when we need it.”
Mark Richards took the inbounds pass with 5.6 seconds to go on the final play. Richards gave it to Austen Hanna, who drove and kicked it to Froedge on the wing.
“When I caught the ball, I thought I just had to shoot it up; that’s what I did,” Froedge said. “Thankfully, it went in.”
The Satellites (5-15), who led by as many as 11 in the first half, trailed 29-25 with 1:13 left. On the ensuing possession, Froedge was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws.
“We’ve been in so many close games recently that there was no doubt in my mind that we were going to win that one,” Branz said.
Richards led South Central with 17 points.
The Satellites will play Argos in Friday’s semifinal.
Carl Schnekenburg and Blake Hurford each scored nine points for the Bobcats (6-15).
LaCrosse pulled within one point early in the second quarter, but Culver Community outscored the Tigers by 32 the rest of the way for a 64-31 win in the opener.
Bryce Guse scored eight points in the first quarter for the Tigers (3-17), and his basket to start the second made it 13-12.
Culver closed the quarter on a 19-5 run, and the Cavaliers (14-7) pulled away.
“Us making adjustments to their adjustments is where we need to work,” LaCrosse coach Scot Spoljaric said.
Guse scored 18 points to lead the Tigers in his final game.
“He’s got a work ethic I’ve never seen before,” Spoljaric said. “He’s in a half hour before (practice) and a half hour after. He deserves the recognition he got this year.”
Trent Elliott led the Cavaliers with 28 points. Jacoda Anderson added 14.