"We made a good decision to go inside and then kick the ball back out on the final play, but we didn't make good decisions when we had the lead late in the game," the Casey coach said. "We had a three-point lead with about four minutes to play, but we just didn't handle the ball well on three straight possessions. That was a little disappointing."
The lead changed hands five times in the final quarter and Casey (3-1, 2-0 in 45th District) grabbed a three-point advantage with 4:55 to play after a put-back by Beth Patterson.
Danville forced three straight turnovers and grabbed the lead at 43-42 following goals by Renee Chiu and Amber Wood. The Admirals had a chance to increase their lead, but were called for a five-second violation at 46.9 seconds. However, Casey missed a shot with 32 seconds remaining.
Wood hit the first of two free throws with 16 seconds left, setting the stage for Yaden's 3-pointer to give the Rebels the lead. The ball hit the back of the rim but rolled in to give Casey the lead. Krystal Jackson's runner from 12 feet was just off the mark and handed the Ads (5-1, 1-1) their first loss of the season.
"(Yaden) got a good look at the basket and a nice roll at the end," Danville coach Justin Schommer said. "That was a tough game to lose. The kids gave a great effort. In a tight game, somebody has to make a play and they were able to do that. Krystal did an excellent job with five seconds on the clock to run the length of the floor and get a good look but it just wouldn't fall for us."
Casey jumps ahead behind Yaden's 13-point first quarter
Yaden's 13-point, first-quarter effort nearly shot Danville out of the game. The Rebels grabbed a 19-11 lead at the end of the period, but senior guard Monica Vonderbrink shot Danville right back in the game. She scored eight straight points while reserves Billie Rehberg and Callie Harper scored on put-backs to tie the game at 21-21. Casey regrouped to take a 28-23 advantage before Jackson closed the stanza with three points to trim Casey's lead to 28-26 at the half.
The baskets following offensive rebounds disturbed Salyers.
"We should never get outrebounded," Salyers said. "Danville did an excellent job of exploding to the ball and was more alert than we were all night. They seemed to get every loose ball. They played hard, and deserved to win the game more than we did."
Schommer, who played the same five players the entire second half, was pleased with the way his team hit the glass.
"We really stressed rebounding hard in practice yesterday, and we worked hard at getting good position against Casey's size," the Danville coach said.
Vonderbrink scored five points and Shatoniah Miller added four as Danville forced five miscues in the third period and grabbed its first lead at 35-34. Yaden, 10 of 15 from the field for the game, added a basket to close the frame and give Casey a 36-35 lead.
Casey hit 19 of 45 tries from the field for 42 percent while Danville connected on 16 of 56 attempts for 29 percent.
Vonderbrink grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to lead the Ads to a 38-30 advantage. Yaden led Casey with eight rebounds. The Rebels committed 12 turnovers compared to only nine for Danville.