CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — First-year Chippewa Falls High School girls basketball coach John Pollack knew just what he wanted his team to do with the ball and 11 seconds on the clock in a tie game.
That plan sunk Logan in a nonconference game on Tuesday night.
Kayla Hanley made a 3-pointer from the right wing with 5.7 seconds left gave the Cardinals a 31-28 victory over the visiting Rangers in a season opener for both teams.
“I was really relaxed, and once I got the ball I just knew I was going to hit (the shot),” Hanley said.
Tied at 28 with 11 seconds left, Pollock took a timeout to set up the final play after his team had drained nearly the final minute off the clock. Drawing up a play for his senior guard, Pollock said it was just a matter of executing and his team did.
“It was just one of our out-of-bounds plays,” Pollock said. “We have worked on it a little bit. ... They executed it perfectly, and that’s exactly what we wanted.”
In a game that was close throughout, Logan (0-1) and Chippewa Falls combined for 44 turnovers. They also both made less than 40 percent of their shots.
Rachel Rank tied the game at 28 on two free throws with 15 seconds remaining.
The Cardinals inbounded the ball and called timeout with 11 seconds left to set up the final play.
Senior Macy Hembd and junior Kassera Hansen each scored 10 points to lead Logan, which started a season with a loss for the first time since 2004.