Purcell Marian outlasts Anna in OHSAA regional semifinal, 49-44

SPRINGFIELD — Purcell Marian head girls basketball coach Jamar Mosley knew exactly how many days it had been. 

Exactly 361 days ago, Purcell Marian lost to Anna, 40-39, in the Division III regional championship game at Springfield High School. 

So when the two programs met Wednesday at the same venue in the regional opener, revenge was a crucial motivator for the Greater Catholic League-Coed champions. 

"We know how we lost it last year," Mosley said. "We talked about 361. That's how many days it had been since we gave Anna the game last year. It'll be a year on Saturday since we lost that basketball game. Just to see their faces in the locker room and see them celebrate this victory tonight means everything to me."

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Purcell Marian got its revenge, holding off a late Anna comeback for a 49-44 victory that sends the Lady Cavaliers to the regional championship game for the third consecutive season. 

Purcell Marian High School guard McKenna Haugabook goes back up to score against Anna guard/forward Breann Reaman during a Division III girls regional semifinal at Springfield March 3, 2021. Purcell Marian won 49-44.

"The buy-in these girls have given me this year has just been outstanding," Mosley said. 

Last season, a 3-for-15 performance at the free-throw line was Purcell Marian's downfall in a one-point loss to the Rockets. Charity stripe success was a vocal point of practices all season and it paid off Wednesday as Purcell Marian sank seven freebies in the final two minutes to secure a Saturday return to Springfield. 

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