A battle between conference rivals went down to the final shot as the Saline girls’ basketball team fell to Ann Arbor Pioneer 42-39 Friday night.
The Hornets took a 10-7 lead after one and it stayed close in the second, leading Pioneer 18-16 at the break.
Pioneer took a two-point lead early in the second half, but the Hornets rallied and took a 32-30 lead into the final period.
Saline extended its lead to 37-32 early in the fourth, but Pioneer rallied to take a 38-37 lead and the game went back and forth from there.
A pair of free throws by Kelsey Alexander made it 39-38, but Pioneer answered with a basket to retake the lead.
Saline had a couple of chances to retake the lead and Pioneer hit a couple of free throws to extend the lead to 42-39.
The Hornets had a final shot to tie it, but the ball bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Ella Stemmer had a big game with 15 points and eight rebounds. Brooke Bauer and Liz Sekerak scored six points each, while Nicole Sweetland and Erin Reilly scored four points. Alexander and Maddy Welch each added two points.
The Hornets rallied for a 37-33 crossover win against Dexter earlier in the week.
The Dreadnaughts jumped out to a 12-5 lead after one, but the Hornets began to chip away at the lead in the second. They cut the lead to 21-16 at the half.
Saline outscored Dexter 12-3 in the third to take 28-24 lead into the fourth quarter and held on for the win.
Bauer led Saline with 11 points and five rebounds. Asia Lindsey finished with seven points, Stemmer a team high 13 points, Skerak three points, Alexander two, and Reilly one.