For most of the third quarter and for the first half of the fourth quarter in its Division III regional semifinal March 5 at Springfield, the Ready High School girls basketball team trailed Jamestown Greeneview by double digits.
The Silver Knights then made one last stand.
A 15-0 run gave Ready a brief lead that it couldn't hold, and the Knights lost 50-43 to finish 18-7.
"We got our momentum and just said that we've just got to keep going, and we ended up going up by one," senior guard Caroline Riewe said.
"We just picked our defense up and shut them down."
Ready rallied from a 40-26 deficit to take a 41-40 lead with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to go, but Greeneview answered with a 6-0 run.
Riewe scored to make it 46-43 with 1:33 left, but the Rams' Ashton Lovely made a turnaround jumper with 59 seconds to go and her team held on.
Lauren Ruth scored 18 points, Riewe had 12 and Margie Berkemeyer added 11 for Ready, which previously made regional appearances in 1988, 2000, 2006 and 2007, all under current coach Joe Lang.
The Knights have gone 0-5 in the regional tournament, but this was their closest game at that level.
Ready beat North Union 59-57 in a district final March 1 at Worthington Christian Middle School, as Ruth had 22 points and seven rebounds and Riewe scored 16. That avenged a 50-43 loss to North Union on Jan. 18.
Boys basketball team makes district final
The boys basketball team earned a third shot at Hartley by beating Centerburg 53-38 in a Division III district semifinal March 4 at Hilliard Davidson.
The second-seeded Knights played the top-seeded Hawks for a district title March 6.
The winner plays Proctorville Fairland, Chillicothe Southeastern, Wheelersburg or Chesapeake in a regional semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Ohio University. The regional final is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the same site.
Ready, which lost to Hartley 54-46 on Jan. 4 and 54-49 on Jan. 17, improved to 18-5 by beating sixth-seeded Centerburg. Josh Gantz scored 12 points, Shane Lee had 11 points and Kelly Culbertson added seven points, six assists and five steals.
Wrestling team losing five seniors
Of the five seniors on the wrestling team, four made state tournament appearances during their careers.
Senior Patrik Garren (heavyweight) finished third at state as a sophomore, won the state title as a junior and took third again in this year's Division III state tournament Feb. 27-March 1 at Ohio State. His performance helped the Knights tie for 26th (19) at state behind champion Delta (141) as 94 teams scored.
Garren finished 47-2 this season and 152-27 for his career.
"It was a fun career and I'll use this in college," said Garren, who will compete for the University of Pennsylvania.
Garren was joined in the senior class by Patrick Stover (152 pounds), Will Martello (160), Steven Pozz (132) and Dalton Scott (138).
Stover went 1-2 at state to finish 37-7 and Martello went 0-2 at state to finish 32-17.
Scott was a state qualifier as a sophomore and junior before finishing fifth at sectional and 25-12 overall this season.
Pozz advanced to district for the first time, finishing 2-2 and 40-11 overall.
Ready scored 179 points to finish third in the CCL tournament Feb. 1 behind Hartley (307) and host St. Charles (186.5) and ahead of DeSales (166) and Watterson (114).
The Knights then were sixth (106.5) in the 19-team sectional Feb. 14 and 15 at Cardington behind champion Hartley (190.5) and fourth (70.5) behind champion Hartley (107.5) at district Feb. 21 and 22 at Heath as 50 teams scored.
The top returnee should be freshman Patrick Jansen (170), who won one sectional match and finished 17-21. Others eligible to return include sophomores Michael Creagh (220) and Nathan Koch (120/126) and freshmen Connor Carrera (145) and Matthew Stover (145).
"I've got some guys coming back who did all right at the sectional," coach James Yonushonis said. "We just had five super-stud seniors this year."
Bowling program enjoys strong season
The girls bowling team advanced to state for the first time, and the boys squad had a state representative as well.
In the Division II girls state tournament March 1 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, senior Paige Sutfin rolled a 607 series to tie Parma Padua's Belle Panza for third to make first-team all-state.
After missing state by one spot as a sophomore, Sutfin helped the Knights win their second consecutive Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division title as a junior.
Just before last year's postseason, however, she became ineligible.
She bounced back to finish second in average (199.6) in the COHSBC this season while helping Ready go 15-0 overall and win the COHSBC-Central at 12-0.
"I've worked so hard to have this opportunity," Sutfin said. "I've worked on my grades a lot this year."
In the 11-team Conference Roll-Off on Feb. 8 at Holi- day Lanes, Ready finished third (2,952) behind Briggs (3,293) and Westerville South (3,166) as Sutfin placed fourth (599).
The Knights were third (3,231) in the 21-team sectional Feb. 14 at Sawmill Lanes behind Buckeye Valley (3,572) and Cardington (3,394) and first (3,577) in the 12-team district tournament Feb. 22 at HP Lanes.
At state, Ready placed ninth (2,906) during the qualifying round as the top eight advanced to the championship round.
Seniors Madison Whitehead (44th, 495), Marina Sweet (57th, 479), Jordan Bair (69th, 459) and Kay-Lee Dunkle (80th, 382) also competed at state.
The boys went 12-4 overall and placed fourth (11-3) in the COHSBC-Central behind champion DeSales (14-0). Ready was seventh (3,724) in the 30-team sectional behind champion Buckeye Valley (4,195) and sixth (3,698) in the 14-team district tournament behind champion Jonathan Alder (4,360) as the top three advanced to state.
Freshman Ryan O'Harra placed seventh (626) at district to earn one of three individual state-qualifying berths and tied for 56th (519) at state Feb. 28 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
The boys lose four seniors in Zach Bair, Ron Morrison, Andrew Rinehart and Payne VanTilburg.