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Andover's Katelyn Day drives past Andover Central's Masen stamp with seconds left to score the winning basket in Friday night's game at Andover Central. Kelly Glasscock/The Wichita Eagle | Buy this photo

Day’s buzzer-beater gives Andover win over Jaguars

Published Feb. 7 at 11:26 p.m. | Last updated Feb. 7 at 11:25 p.m.

As Andover junior guard Katelyn Day slapped the hands of each Andover Central player in the postgame handshake line, she sniffled, wiping at her face.

The wide smile was expected, but those tears? Not so much.

Moments earlier, Day had dribbled the length of the court in the game’s final 6.4 seconds, hitting the winning basket as the buzzer sounded to end the 43-42 victory at Andover Central.

The celebration included a little air guitar dance by coach Max Hamblin as Andover beat Andover Central for the second time this season to improve to 9-4 — they beat the Jaguars on a late basket in December, too. Andover Central fell to 10-4.

Andover and Eisenhower each have one loss in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division I, while Andover Central has two.

“Every game’s like that (with Andover Central),” Hamblin said. “It’s killing me.”

Andover controlled the game through the first 18 minutes as the Trojans took a 20-10 lead at the 5:47 mark of the third quarter. Andover Central shot 5 of 20 from the field in the first half, including 0 of 5 from three, and senior Skyler Snodgrass was held scoreless.

Snodgrass’ first basket wasn’t pretty, but she was fouled and converted the three-point play as part of Andover Central’s 17-3 run to take a 27-23 halftime lead. Snodgrass finished with 17 points, including two three-pointers.

In the final 1:14 there were six lead changes, including a three by Snodgrass to put Andover Central up 39-38. Andover’s Jaylyn Agnew, who had 17 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, hit a basket inside with 38 seconds to go.

It looked as though Snodgrass’ basket, a jumper in the lane with 6.4 seconds to go, would be the game-winner.

But Andover knew it had plenty of time remaining.

“We kind of practice that six-second deal,” Hamblin said. “We can get the length of the floor in six seconds.… Katelyn is a ball of fire, and she’s hard to stop.”

Day spun at Andover’s three-point line, shedding a defender.

“As I looked, there was everybody over here (to the right) and one person out there, and I saw the open lane,” Day said. “I was like, ‘all right.’”

An Andover Central player reached a hand in, but otherwise, Day had a clear shot to the goal for the lay-in.

Day finished with 12 points, 10 in the fourth quarter. She also had four steals.

“We try to do a lot of things where she can use her quickness,” Hamblin said. “When she figures out no one can stop her … I’ve told her a million times that you can’t stop her. It’s a matter of her creating and doing her thing. She’s extremely quick.”

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ANDOVER: Agnew 17, Routhier 3, Tilson 3, Day 12, Meisch 8.

ANDOVER CENTRAL: Snodgrass 17, Schulte 8, Kretchmar 2, Pedersen 2, Stampm 3, Kakoulias 10.

Katelyn Day's game-winning basket vs. Andover Central

   

Fan video from the Andover-Andover Central game

Andover's Katelyn Day

Andover junior Jaylyn Agnew

Andover girls coach Max Hamblin

Introductions before the Andover-Andover Central boys game

Andover's Ryan Bezdek

Andover's Adam DeKoning

Andover coach Chad Wilmott