"It was a sloppy game and the execution wasn't there. We didn't execute on both ends of the floor."
With 10.1 seconds remaining in the four-minute overtime session and the Rebels trailing, 25-24, Flintridge Prep (3-7) missed a pair of free throws. After a Flintridge Prep foul, Canoga Park (2-8) promptly missed two free throws with 8.3 remaining. The Rebels then came down the floor and had a shot bounce off the rim to a Canoga Park player, who was then called for traveling with 0.1 seconds left. On its last possession, Flintridge Prep couldn't get a shot off as the buzzer sounded.
"On that last play, you just got to get a tip and pray for a lot of luck," said Frost, whose team opened the tournament with losses against Village Christian and Crossroads before rebounding Wednesday with a victory against New Roads. "You have to have a good inbounds pass and you need faith on your side."
Unfortunately for the Rebels, they didn't have fate on their side — even before overtime.
Flintridge Prep, which won't play again until Jan. 6 against Maranatha in a nonleague game before beginning Prep League play versus Chadwick on Jan. 8, took a 22-19 lead on a basket by Gabby Zen with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter. The Hunters then got a free throw to pull to within 22-20 before Tiffani Walker made a long-distance jump shot to knot the game at 22 with 1:15 left.
The Rebels and Hunters squandered plenty of scoring chances throughout regulation. Flintridge Prep didn't score its first basket until Maya Okamoto made a bank shot with 24 seconds left in the first quarter to cut Canoga Park's lead to 4-3. Okamoto finished with a game-high 14 points.
The teams were tied, 10-10, at halftime.
Canoga Park received 11 points and eight rebounds from Kelsey Aitken.