Posted: Feb. 25, 2017 4:25 pm
NORMAL, Ill. — A series of game clock and scoreboard errors occurred in the final seconds of Unity’s 39-37 loss to Annawan in Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game.
Annawan junior forward Jayde VanHyfte missed a free throw with 12.3 seconds remaining, but she grabbed the offensive rebound and went in for a layup that would have put the Bravettes ahead 41-37. VanHyfte, however, was whistled for a travel, and the basket was waved off.
The game clock, however, continued to run after the whistle was blown. Video of the sequence taken courtside shows that the whistle blown by official John Dearing sounded with around 11.2 to 11.4 seconds to play, but the clock didn’t stop until 8.6 seconds were remaining.
Also, the scoreboard inside Redbird Arena continued to show Annawan leading 41-37 when Unity was inbounding the ball under the Bravettes’ basket to take it the full length of the court.
Unity coach Brad Begeman said he was aware a few seconds ran off the clock after the whistle.
“There should have been about 3 or 4 more seconds,” Begeman said after the game. “We were asking the officials about it. Then they had the score wrong, which affected our people coming down the court.
“We asked them to stop and look at it. We talked to one of the officials about it, and they didn’t want to.”
Unity senior guard Kaylee Kuhn took the game’s final shot, a 3-point attempt from the right wing that careened off…