EDINBURGH — In the final minute of a close game, it came down to a big 3-pointer and free throws.
Morristown’s Kyle Burton hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, then the Yellow Jackets’ Ty Streeval, a 90 percent foul shooter, sank four straight free throws in the final 29 seconds to secure a 55-50 comeback win against tournament-host Edinburgh on Tuesday night in a first-round Class A sectional game.
Junior guard Streeval’s four decisive shots propelled the Yellow Jackets to Friday night’s semifinals.
Edinburgh, meanwhile, immediately began thinking about next season. The Lancers (12-8) lose only one senior to graduation and are confident of a bright future.
“We’ve been in so many close games this season, but the kind of experience we are gaining is giving us something to look forward to,” said fourth-year Edinburgh coach Drew Glentzer. “This was just one of those things where we came up short. It’s hard to win.
“There are so many teams that can get you. They’re all dangerous because they all have different styles to play against.”
In a back-and-forth contest from start to finish, the game between the Mid-Hoosier Conference rivals was tied eight times and had 12 lead changes.
Edinburgh jumped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, using good ball movement on the perimeter while taking care of the basketball on each offensive possession.
The Lancers increased their lead to 19-10 on the shooting of sophomore guards Collin Hoskins and Kyle Pendleton, who had 10 and nine points, respectively, at halftime.
Their effort helped the Lancers withstand an 11-0 Morristown run in the second period and hang on for a 23-21 halftime advantage.
Morristown’s 6-foot-6 senior center, Andrew Shepherdson, was held scoreless in the first quarter. But he got loose down low with Edinburgh senior Dakota Sneed on the bench with two personal fouls.
Shepherdson scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the final two quarters. He connected on all seven of his field-goal attempts before fouling out with 2:47 to play.
“He really hurt us in our regular-season game, but I thought we did a good job of rotating our guards toward him and doubling him when needed,” Glentzer said.
Pendleton knocked down three 3-pointers in the third quarter to give Edinburgh a 33-29 lead with just over four minutes left in the period.
The Yellow Jackets finished with a flurry at the end of the period with a layup by Shepherdson and a 3-pointer by senior Kyle Hallauer to give Morristown a 39-38 edge.
After a few more lead changes, Burton hit his big 3-pointer to put Morristown ahead 51-50 in the final minute of play. Streeval put the Yellow Jackets up for good by closing out the game with 4 free throws.
Streeval had 12 points.
For the game, Morristown (12-9) shot 57 percent, connecting on 20 of 35 from the field, including six 3-pointers and 9 of 12 at the stripe.