The teammates of North Hollywood center Debbie Herz have promised to help her win a 3-A City Section championship this season as kind of a senior going-away present. Wednesday night at North Hollywood, Herz and her teammates came one step closer to that goal, coming from behind to beat second-place Reseda, 64-62. The win put the Huskies (12-2 overall, 7-0 in league) one game away from clinching the West Valley League title.
Herz scored the winning basket on a layup with 16 seconds remaining after she stole the ball from a Reseda player under the Huskies' basket. After a Reseda timeout, Regent guard Dana Jones missed a 15-footer with three seconds left. Her teammate, guard Angie Smith, got the rebound and was fouled, sending her to the free throw line in a one-and-one situation with one second remaining.
North Hollywood Coach Rich Allen called a timeout to ice Smith, but she had already been pretty cold at the line, having missed 9 of 11 attempts. And she missed again to have any chance of a Reseda comeback.
North Hollywood, down 37-29 at halftime, switched to a spread offense in the third quarter and outscored Reseda, 17-9, to tie the game.