CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the seconds ticked away Wednesday night at the end of the Capital High girls basketball team's Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 semifinals, Cougars senior Kadijah Lee feared the worst.
The young Black Eagles had scored eight straight points to regain a one-point lead with less than a minute to go.
Yet with time running out on Capital's season, redemption came in the form of an open lane.
Lee's driving layup with 7 seconds on the clock gave the Cougars a 49-48 win and a 7 p.m. Friday date with George Washington in the section finals.
"Our coaches kept our heads up in the locker room and on the bench," said Lee, who scored a team-high 18 points. "In the fourth quarter with 29 seconds on the clock and we were down, my head was down, I thought we were going to lose.
"But our coaches said to keep our heads up because anything can happen, and we won the game."
The Cougars (9-12) fought like crazy to regain possession in the final minute. With fouls to give, Capital finally fouled enough to put sophomore Lina Villanueva on the line with 19.5 seconds left.
It was Villanueva's layup with 1:16 left that gave the Black Eagles (11-12) a 48-47 lead, but she missed the front end of a one-and-one. South Charleston grabbed the offensive rebound but another missed shot ended up in the hands of Capital's India Hairston.
Capital Coach B.J. Calabrese called a time out with 12 seconds left to set up a final play, and he wasn't going to accept a long jumper.
"We kind of set up a play where we tried to isolate down on the block," he said. "This side cleared out and we said let's attack the basket. Let's not accept an outside shot and force something up from the outside."