Potters oust No. 1 seed

Bryan Veginski

Morton won its seventh straight girls basketball game Tuesday in a dramatic finish.

In the Class 3A Bloomington Regional semifinals, the Potters eliminated No. 1 seed Limestone, 44-42, on Caitlyn Vandermeer's game-winning shot just before the buzzer.

Fourth-seeded Morton (16-15) will play No. 3 seed Normal U-High at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the regional championship.

After calling a timeout, the Potters inbounded the ball with 3.4 seconds left. The pass deflected off the hands of Sarah Livingston, Vandermeer scooped it up and banked in a seven-footer to stun the Rockets.

"It was one of those moments that's still hard to comprehend," Vandermeer said shortly after Morton advanced. "We just didn't give up."

Limestone (17-9) earlier had possession of the ball in the same spot with the same time remaining, but threw away the inbounds pass without anyone touching it.

Livingston and Vandermeer were scoring tri-leaders with 16 points. Felicia Johnson of Limestone had 16 as well. Livingston registered a double-double with 10 rebounds. Vandermeer added eight boards.

"The posts were the key to the game," said MHS head coach Bob Becker.

Morton trailed 30-20 late in the third quarter before an 8-1 surge that included four points in a one-second span.