GRETNA — A shot attempt from Tenly Hansen bounced off the rim, and waiting on the left side of the basket was teammate Carsyn Zumpfe.
At that point, the 5-foot-10 senior post player was battling the clock.
“I was just thinking, ‘Please, the buzzer, don’t go off so I could shoot this,’” Zumpfe said after her putback at the buzzer gave Class B No. 7 York a 44-43 win at No. 6 Gretna on Tuesday. “I knew (the ball) was coming down and I just chucked it up there.”
Zumpfe’s shot capped a big rally, and gave the Dukes (6-4) a much-needed win. York trailed 39-30 with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining, but scored 14 of the game’s final 18 points, while holding the Dragons to zero field goals in that stretch.
For Zumpfe, it was the first buzzer-beater of her career.
“We had a couple tough losses and we kind of decided we don’t want to lose again,” said Zumpfe, who finished with nine points, and wore a big smile after the game’s final bucket. “We pulled ourselves together and tried to stay mentally strong, put up some good shots, get some stops on defense, and it turned out alright.”
The Dukes also got a boost with the return of Hansen. The 6-foot senior was playing in her first game since injuring her knee in the season-opener against Ralston. She was not at 100 percent, yet she sparked the Dukes, hitting a three-pointer with 1:03 remaining to cut the Gretna lead to 39-36. Then she hit three free throws with 27.9 seconds remaining to get York to within 41-39.
After Gretna’s Faith Ross hit two free throws, Zumpfe hit a three from the top of the key with 18.3 seconds remaining to get York within 44-43. After a timeout, York’s Karlee Seevers got her hand on an inbound pass, which led to a jump ball. Possession arrow, York.
Gretna, with fouls to give, prevented York from setting up a play, and York had one last chance with 5 seconds left.
Hansen drove inside, went up for a jumper and missed. But Zumpfe was there for the putback.
“We have a play but they kept fouling us, and we needed a few more seconds to run the play we wanted, and then it was attack the rim,” York coach Matt Kern said. “That’s big clutch shot for Carsyn. She’s been battling all year to get that opportunity, and that was huge for us.”
Hansen, who Kern said was still on crutches entering the Christmas break, played limited minutes, and still made an impact, finishing with 11 points. Seevers also had 11 points, hitting three three-pointers.
“(Hansen) couldn’t run much obviously, but we’re working on that and it’s getting better,” Kern said. “She had 11 (points), do that in this moment was pretty epic, that’s pretty gutsy.”
Ross led Gretna with 15 points.
York boys 40, Gretna 30
The No. 2 Dukes added another big win to the resume, pulling away from the No. 4 Dragons behind some timely three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Junior Jeb Lucas hit a three out of the corner to cap a 7-2 run and give the Dukes (10-0) a double-digit lead with 5:45 remaining. After Gretna cut it to six, Nick Weskamp hit a three out of a timeout to push York’s lead to nine.
The game was a defensive battle. The teams combined for eight points after the first quarter and Gretna only had 10 points entering halftime.
“We tried to make sure we used our length as much as we could, trying to hold them to a low percentage as we could,” York coach Scott Lamberty said. “They do a great job getting to the lane and kicking for threes, so we tried to limit that as much as we could.”
Gretna did not make a three-pointer.
Garrett Snodgrass lead York with 10 points, and Tyler Cast and Weskamp each had eight.
Noah Burghardt came off the bench to lead the Dragons with nine points.