With her team tied and nearly seven seconds left, Hanover freshman Soukaina Tracy stepped to the foul line with a chance to win the Hawkettes' game Friday against Biglerville. She took a deep breath and told herself the free throws didn't mean anything.
But they did. The Hawkettes had trailed by five points just two minutes earlier, and Tracy had somehow played the fourth quarter with four fouls. A few turnovers helped spur a 5-0 run that gave Hanover a chance.
Soukaina missed the first free throw but made the second for a one-point lead. She then blocked a shot on the defensive end as time expired in Hanover's 43-42 win against the Canners at Biglerville.
"It was big," Tracy said. "I was scared because (the second shot) was bouncing around the rim. I was just hoping that it went in. It's nervewracking to think that the game is on the line."
The win wouldn't have been possible without Tracy, who scored Hanover's last four points to finish with 11. Teammate Shelby Barnes added the other two in the 6-0 run to close the game and finished with a team-high 15.
"That's zero percent me, 100 percent our girls," Hawkettes coach Denny Garman said. "That's gutting it out, doing what we had to do. We were ready to go into foul mode. All of a sudden, we got some turnovers, we got some buckets, we got to the line. It's been a long time since a team from Hanover has been capable of doing that down five on short time."
Tracy spurred the rally while battling foul trouble for much of the game. She committed two fouls in the first quarter and her fourth midway through the third. That made playing a challenge.
"You're not aggressive and going after the ball," she said.
She entered the game leading Hanover with 11.6 points per game and has handled some duties as a point guard. Her size -- she's listed at 5-foot-10 -- also helps her rebounding.
Garman has to push Tracy to work less hard. He tells his players he'll open the gym for them to shoot when they want, but Tracy has taken his offer too often.
"I have to say no to Soukaina sometimes," he said, "because I have to stay married."
The game featured a matchup between two of the area's top younger guards in Tracy and Canner sophomore Rebecca Isaac. The latter entered the game leading her team with 14.1 points per game and has been chosen a captain.
She finished with 10 points after not scoring her first until the end of the first quarter. The Nighthawks started the game with their best defender, Zoie Cleary, on Isaac.
"She slipped," Canners coach Rob Moore said. "Obviously some teams are keying on her. She's got a lot of work to do to improve. She knows that. I'm glad to have her. She'll bounce back."
The Canners entered the fourth quarter trailing 29-27, but guard Olivia Moore spurred a late rally with three 3-pointers that gave her a team-high 14 points.
Still, it wasn't enough to save them from Tracy's strong stretch run.
"She had a lot to do with us closing the gap, for her to knock that down," Garman said. "I just know she's an incredible athlete, incredible offensive threat."
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Shelby Barnes 6 3-5 15, Soukaina Tracy 4 3-6 11, Drawbaugh 1 3-4 5, Cleary 3 0-0 6, Bowersox 1 1-1 3, Yealy 1 1-2 3, Gibson 0 0-0 0, Naill 0 0-0 0, Silver 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 11-18 43.
Olivia Moore 5 0-0 14, Wenk 2 1-1 5, Rebecca Isaac 4 2-2 10, Baugher 2 0-0 4, Camara 4 1-1 9, Trent 0 0-0 0, Freed 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 4-4 42.
Hanover 12 6 11 14 -- 43
Biglerville 16 6 5 15 -- 42
3-point goals -- Biglerville 4 (Moore 4).
JV score -- Biglerville 28, Hanover 24.