Broadmoor’s Kylia Thomas made a steal at halfcourt and hit a layup with 15 seconds left to give her team the lift it needed.
Broadmoor, the 16th seed, also forced No. 17 Mandeville to commit three turnovers in the final minute as the Bucs defeated the Skippers 44-39 in a Class 5A bidistrict girls basketball playoff game Thursday at Broadmoor.
Broadmoor (22-9) advances to a regional game Monday at No. 1 Ponchatoula. Mandeville finishes 19-10.
“The late steal by Kylia was very big,” said Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette, who has his team in the regional round for the fourth straight year. She was able to step in front of the pass and made a big bucket. They all played their roles tonight. When we do that, we believe we’ll be in the game with anybody.”
Mandeville was trying to work the ball to Elise Reilly, who hit four 3-pointers and had with a game-high 18 points. Broadmoor had 16 steals with Asia Hayes and Mikayla Crockett making five steals each.
“I was proud that my girls battled to the end,” Mandeville coach Melissa Weinmunson said. “We gave up too many layups in the first half, and our outside shots weren’t falling. We played better in the second half.”
Crockett scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second quarter as the Bucs led 25-17 at halftime. Crockett hit two long 3-pointers in the final 66 seconds.
Mandeville went on a 9-2 run to open the third quarter to cut the Broadmoor lead to 27-26. Broadmoor junior Samira Irvin made a fast move down the baseline and hit a layup and senior Honchea Thornton scored on a power move as the Bucs went on a 9-3 run to lead 36-29 after three quarters.
Broadmoor hit just 4 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter. Mandeville trailed 38-37 after a free throw by Madison Futrell with 1:30 left. Thornton hit two free throws with 1:21 left. Reilly made two free throws with 38.3 seconds remaining as the Bucs led 41-39. A Crockett free throw before any time lapsed made it 42-39.
Irvin added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Broadmoor. Thornton had 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
“Our motto was ‘go hard or go home,’ ” Thornton said. “I think we executed and did what we needed to do tonight. My role is to rebound and get my teammates involved.”