In the final minutes of its 54-42 victory against Keenan, Eau Claire forgot the advice coach Precious Caldwell had given them.
Caldwell had encouraged her team to look at the Region 4-2A finale as a one-game season, not as a chance to finish the regular season unbeaten.
But it was all point guard Amelia Currie could think about, as she scored nine of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to hold off Keenan, which led the game into the third quarter and showed the No. 1 Shamrocks that they are not invincible.
"It was scary for a minute, but then we settled down and kept our composure," Carrie said. "We weren't going to let anybody beat us in the end."
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Eau Claire trailed by three points going into the fourth period, but senior post Janae Stevenson stepped up and scored six points to start the fourth and give the Shamrocks the lead.
"The guts of our kids, the will to win and to not let anyone beat them, I saw that tonight and I had not seen that in a long time," Caldwell said. "I knew they were going to pull it out, and I felt really good when they finally did. It's hard to put 21 straight wins out of your mind, and I guess that worked for them."
Daisha Eddy led the Raiders as they surged ahead in the second quarter. The freshman scored six consecutive points to start the period, then Brittani Goodwin hit a 3-pointer with 1:30 left in the half and added another basket at the buzzer for a 26-24 halftime lead.
Keenan outscored Eau Claire 15-9 in the second quarter but with all the points coming from Eddy and Goodwin, coach Reggie McLain was not sure how his offense would hold up.
"I felt like (Eau Claire) kind of let them play more in the first half, but when it started to get tough, they started trying to take away their shots," McLain said.
Keenan then stretched their lead to as many as six in the third quarter, powered by 3-pointers from Dakota Woodard and Eddy, before Eau Claire started to assume control.
"When I saw that score I couldn't believe it, but I knew that's why you can't take any team lightly," Stevenson said. "When we walked on that court we were 0-0, and we just wanted to win that game."
K: Brittani Goodwin 14, Daisha Eddy 20, Woodard 6, Brown 2. EC: Amelia Carrie 21, Janae Stevenson 17, Davis 8, Lyles 2, Ross 6.