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Springville Girls fall short of 1A State Title 45-43

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Newell-Fonda is a state champion,

Hailey Falline's layup with 2 seconds left lifted the seventh-ranked Mustangs to the Class 1A championship with a 45-43 victory over No. 11 Springville.

Falline delivered from the left block after Springville tied the score at 43 when freshman Madi Wagaman made the first of two free throws with 12.5 seconds remaining. Newell-Fonda rebounded the miss and called time to set up a final play -- and the seventh-ranked Mustangs (23-4) made it work for their first state title.

reshman Rylee Menster led No. 11 Springville (23-4) with 10 points. All-tournament captain Sarah Matus and Megan Wagaman each scored nine for the Orioles, who beat Newell-Fonda in the 2008 title game.

Neither team led by more than five points before the game came down to the final hectic seconds.

Jordan Wilken's basket inside put Newell-Fonda up 43-42, and the Mustangs wasted a chance to increase their lead when Maddi Morenz missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity.

Then, after Wagaman's free throw, Newell-Fonda inbounded under the Springville basket and Gerke pushed the ball up the floor. She passed to Morenz on the left side and Morenz found Falline near the basket for the game winner.

Springville was awarded a timeout with 1.2 seconds left but could only get off a desperation shot that fell short.

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