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Veritas slips past Berean

Veritas Christian’s Elijah Penny unleashes a pass. Penny scored 14 points, and Veritas defeated Berean, 42-40, on Tuesday in Eudora.

Veritas Christian’s Elijah Penny unleashes a pass. Penny scored 14 points, and Veritas defeated Berean, 42-40, on Tuesday in Eudora.

January 20, 2010

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— Finding himself in a particularly nerve-wracking situation Tuesday night — at the free-throw line in the final seconds of a tie game against Berean Christian — Veritas Christian guard Nate Scott turned to the man upstairs for assistance.

“I was hoping God would help me out,” said Scott, “because I was pretty nervous.”

It seemed to work out. Scott connected on back-to-back free-throw attempts with 5.6 seconds left, and Berean missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Eagles a 42-40 victory at the Eudora Community Center.

Elijah Penny finished with a game-high 14 points, Scott added 10, and the Eagles defense forced nine second-half turnovers to improve to 5-5 this season after a disappointing 0-3 start.

“There was a lot of strategy going on,” said Veritas coach Gary Hammer, who instructed his team to institute a two-minute stall at the end of the first quarter after early foul trouble limited some of his post players. “I was just hoping I was making the right decisions, and it worked out tonight.”

Following a sloppy second quarter, in which Berean scored 12 straight points, Veritas took a lead and maintained it throughout the next quarter and a half. But a 5-0 Berean run to open the fourth quarter pulled the Brave to within two, and an Alec Hollenbeck field goal tied the game at 40 with 2:32 left.

The Eagles bore down when they needed to, however, getting a key stop late to secure a victory and take a bit of momentum into Saturday’s boys-girls road doubleheader against Topeka Heritage.

“It was an exciting game,” said Hammer. “I think it was exciting for everyone in the gym.”

Berean girls 50, Veritas 46: Despite trailing by 16 heading into the fourth quarter, the Veritas girls team launched a furious comeback attempt that came up just short in the evening’s first game.

Kayli Farley scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles couldn’t overcome a 23-point outing by Berean forward Brandi Miller, dropping to 1-8 this season.

“I was very proud of that late surge,” said Veritas coach Kevin Shelton. “That was a great game for our team — the best game we’ve played so far.”

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