LINCOLN — Jim Sullivan didn’t want his daughter Teghan to shoot. Kalynn Meyer didn’t want her to shoot, either.
Both were thankful to be wrong Friday.
Teghan Sullivan’s 3-pointer with 11 seconds left gave second-rated Superior a 47-44 win against No. 3 Stanton in a Class C-2 semifinal. Superior (27-1) advanced to play Ravenna in the final.
With the score tied, Jim Sullivan, Superior’s coach, drew up a play for Meyer, a three-sport Husker volleyball recruit who finished with 19 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots. The plan was for Meyer to fake two handoffs, then spin to the basket.
“We play that against a man (defense) but they were in zone,” Meyer said. “That’s why that didn’t work.”
A few passes later, the younger Sullivan found herself open a few feet from her dad.
“Oh my gosh, I was so nervous,” she said. “If I didn’t make it, I might have been in trouble.”
Teghan Sullivan, a freshman who had 15 points, said she knew the shot was in coming out of her hands. She may have been the only one.
“I was like ‘crap, no. You can’t shoot this,’ ” Meyer said.
Meyer moved into position for a rebound, but the shot was all net.
“She went against her dad’s wishes and let it fly,” Jim Sullivan said. “But it worked out, perfectly.”
There was similar disbelief on the other bench. Stanton (24-4) used a 14-3 run in the first quarter to take the lead. It didn’t trail again until Sullivan’s coup.
Coach Greg Wegner told his defense he wanted “anybody but Meyer” to take the shot.
“That’s what this tournament is about,” he said, eyes still red from his postgame talk.
Stanton’s Hannah Heppner had 14 rebounds and scored all 11 of her points in the first quarter, then fouled out trying for a steal with 3:05 to go.
“She was trying to make a play and her emotions probably got the best of her there,” Wegner said. “It happens.”
Stanton, which set a school record for wins this season, was plagued with foul trouble much of the fourth quarter as both Bree Burtwistle and Jessie Brandl sat for a stretch after each picked up four fouls. The Mustangs committed 22 fouls; Superior had 18.
The second half “was very stop-start,” Meyer said. “We’d gain a little momentum, then we’d lose it.”
Stanton didn’t make a basket in the final four minutes. Its last, best chance came with 30 seconds to go and Burtwistle tried to score over Meyer. The shot was blocked.
“I couldn’t let get that in the basket,” Meyer said.
Stanton had the ball in the front court with four seconds left, but with Meyer on the perimeter, the Mustangs were unable to get off a shot.
Jaiden Hartl made three 3s and had 14 points while Elizabeth Christensen added 12 points for Stanton.
Superior (27-1)......11 6 13 17—47
Stanton (24-4).......17 7 11 9—44
Sup: Kalynn Meyer 19, Teghan Sullivan 15, Nicki Kirchhoff 6, Megan Miller 5, Hallie Miller 2.
Stan: Jaiden Hartl 14, Elizabeth Christensen 12, Hannah Heppner 11, Jessie Brandl 5, Allie Spence 2.