WLC ousted by Nute 54-48
As she’d done so many times in the past, Sami Bosquet, the true embodiment of the WLC Warriors’ spirit, left it all on the court in what would be the final basketball game of her high school career on Tuesday night.
The Warriors kept their first-round playoff game against Nute close for three quarters before stumbling at the beginning of the fourth. With the score 37-28, WLC missed its first four shots of the period while Nute made its first four, the 8-0 Ram run pushing the lead to 17. At that point, WLC coach Denny Claire called a timeout and told his team they needed to buckle down, give it their all and play strong defense for the rest of the game, and they would have a shot.
The Warriors did just that, and with Bosquet at the reins, they clawed their way back into the game.
“Sami led them,” Claire said on Wednesday. “Sami really got going and got everyone working a lot harder.”
The Warriors held the Rams scoreless for more than three minutes as they pressed their way back into it.
“We actually had a really good shot at it,” Claire said.
After a timely bucket by Kelsey Randlett cut the lead to five, Bosquet made a steal in the defensive end and dribbled down the sidelines before running afoul of a Nute defender, who gave her a hard bump, depositing her in the first row of the stands.
“There’s a girl from Nute who is known to play, well, let’s just say physical,” Claire said. “She pushed Sami into the bleachers with both hands. We’re just lucky that there were people sitting there.”
Inexplicably, the call on the court was not an intentional foul, but just a personal foul with a one-and-one the result, which left Claire shaking his head.
“It was a very bad call and everybody in the whole gym knew it,” Claire said, “including their coach, because she pulled [the Nute player] right out of the game and apologized afterward.”
An intentional foul would have given WLC two shots and the ball with a chance to close that five-point lead.
“I can’t say we would have won the game because we’ll never know,” Claire said. “When you play all year long and it comes down to something like that... I’m still upset about that call and I probably will be for a year.”
Nute won 54-48. Bosquet scored 14, Ally Schwab 11, Tesa Simpson 7 and Randlett 6.
After the game, Claire was frustrated, both at the loss and the fact that Bosquet’s career ended on a sour note.
“I really would have liked to get her to the next round,” Claire said. “We’re going to really miss her. She’s definitely the floor leader. She gives 110 percent every time out on the floor. She’s very determined. She got other people going. When she got going, other people understood that you have to leave it all on the floor. She’s the leader. She’s the one who dives on the floor. She got the wind knocked out of her, took an elbow to the stomach. We took her out for about 30 seconds and she was ready to go back in. As a coach, you can’t ask for anything more than that.”