WOODBURN—Things did not work out quite as Adams Central fans had expected in the opening round of the ACAC tournament at Woodlan on Tuesday night.
After beating the Warriors in a double overtime thriller at the Hangar a month before, it was Woodlan who coasted to a 54-36 win over the Jets in the boys' opener.
Conversely, the Lady Jets entered the contest with the Lady Warriors with a 4-9 record, a two game losing streak, and a previous 25-point loss in the building a month before.
That didn't matter, however, as fate and a slew of role players led the Lady Jets to a spirited 51-47 win over the Warriors stunning one of the ACAC favorites on the girls' side.
In the girls' game, Abby Busse scored 10 of her 18 points in a span of 1:30 in the fourth quarter to give AC the edge they needed to hold on.
The Lady Jets led 43-39 on a Busse two-point jumper, then the Warriors hit a string of free throws to tie the game at 43-43 completing the comeback as Adams Central led 26-13 at the half.
Busse calmly drove the ball down the court and drained a three-pointer in response. Woodlan answered right back with a jumper from Burgundy Price to pull back within one point, then Mary Fox pushed the ball quickly driving into the lane on a fast break and kicked it out to a wide-open Busse who drained another three electrifying the crowd.
The junior would tack on a few free throws and the Jets would lead 50-45 with :48 seconds remaining in the game. The Jets struggled from the field in the game but in the final few minutes of the fourth it seemed that everything was going down, particularly for Busse.
"Sometimes a coach needs to know when to shut up," AC coach Sam Beer joked after the game. "Abby had some possessions where it seemed like it was Busse against the world but she pulled up and hit some shots and she just had it going."
The junior had her own spin on her shot selection, "It was exciting! I just kept shooting because I was hitting my shots. Our goal was to out-hustle them and that was getting me good looks and I was just blessed tonight, I guess!"
Things got dicey with under ten seconds to play, however. After finally getting two points to go down on their third attempt, Woodlan cut the lead to three points. The Jets' inbounds pass went awry and the Warriors earned a steal, then Brooke Gerbers, Woodlan's best shooter who already had two threes in the game, had a great look at the top of the key but missed and Briona Case came up with the rebound and was fouled with 3.9 to play. She would sink the first freebie to seal the game.