[Steven Buyansky - For Shaw Media]
The Indians, trailing 50-40 with three minutes left, nearly stole a win at the end. Sarah Ness scored six straight points, her pull-up with 19.7 seconds left closing the gap to 50-48. But Sandwich missed two shots, the second rimming out from point-blank range, for the tie in the final seconds.
"We came back twice, took the lead once, but we dug big holes tonight. We played more at their pace than ours," Sandwich coach Chris Johnson said. "Evidently we match up well with [conference co-champ Peotone] and [Plano] has our number right now."
Plano came out inspired, the second of Fernandez's five 3-pointers making it 14-4 in the first quarter. That lead grew to 22-8 early in the second quarter when Thwaites stole the ball, then followed her own miss in transition.