Questionable call with a second to go helps send Grady home from state playoffs

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WOLFFORTH - The Grady Wildcats had the Class A Area Championship won and were rushing the floor in celebration, but an ill-advised whistle from a referee jobbed them big-time.

Just under a second to go in the game, Grady’s Jackson Welch was called for a foul after running into a blind screen set by Springlake Earth. The deadball foul allowed the Wolverines to walk the ball 90 feet for two free throws which proved to be the final two points in the game.

A complete disregard for the rule that states “a blind screen set on a stationary defender, the defender must be given one normal step to change direction and attempt to avoid contact. A screen set on a moving defender, the defender gets a minimum of one step and a maximum of two steps, depending on the speed and distance of the defender.”

Since the tiny Wolverine set a screen directly underneath the towering Welch, there was no chance Welch would could see the screener in time and avoid contact.


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