There are times when a basketball game turns into a game of runs.

When the Tunkhannock Area girls’ basketball team played at Valley View Sunday in the District 2 Class 3A district play-in game, both teams had runs that changed the pace of the game, but the foul line was where the game was ultimately decided.

Valley View made 10 of 14 free throws in the final quarter and held off Tunkhannock, 47-44, to earn the final seed heading into district playoffs.

“We fought,” Tunkhannock head coach Joe Reno said. “We got down early but made a heck of a run to close out the half. But instead of putting down the hammer, we let them back into the game.”

Valley View started the game with momentum on its home floor, and ran out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter.

But Tunkhannock responded with a swarming defense that created steals and turnovers that led to a 19-2 run in the second quarter and a six-point lead heading into the half.

In the third, much like Tunkhannock, the Lady Cougars had a 15-2 run of their own to go back up by seven.

But in a do-or-die game, Tunkhannock would continue fighting.

Tunkhannock’s Molly Hampsey nailed a three-pointer to cut the lead to five, and Mya Toczko netted a 15-footer to cut the lead to three.

Hampsey cut the lead to two twice with a pair of free throws as the clock ticked under two minutes.

Then, it was Traci Kromko’s turn.

Kromko nailed a jumper at the wing from just inside the three-point line to tie the game at 40 with 1:38 left in the game, sending the Tunkhannock bench into a frenzy.

Unfortunately, that feeling of euphoria wouldn’t last much longer.

On Valley View’s next possession, the Lady Tigers gave away three offensive rebounds before committing a foul. The Lady Cougars hit both free throws with under 90 seconds remaining and converted three more down the stretch to hold on for the win.

“Our record won’t show it, but I think we certainly improved from the start of the season,” Reno said. “I’m proud of them and proud of the effort. I’m really optimistic about the team moving forward.”

The Lady Tigers finished the season with a 3-17 overall record, but showed improvement as the season wore on, including their first division win last week against Coughlin, 51-34.

Against Coughlin, Tunkhannock led 11-8 after the first quarter and held Coughlin to just two points in the second quarter en route to a 24-10 advantage at the half.

Hampsey scored 20 points, including five 3-pointers to lead Tunkhannock, and Maegan Wrubel chipped in with 10 points.

Most of the team will return next season and will certainly be ready to play next fall. The girls will continue to practice and most will spend their offseason playing in tournaments, on travel teams and in summer leagues.

“They’ll have a week off but then it’s right back to work,” Reno said. “You can’t pick up a basketball from October to March and not touch it again if you want to be a good ballplayer. They want to get better and know we can win games. If we work hard there’s no reason we won’t be able to compete.”

T unkhannock - M. Hampsey 3 5-6 12, T. Kromko 3 4-4 11, M. Toczko 3 0-0 6, M. Wrubel 2 0-0 5, A. Hardy 2 1-4 5, C. Rossi 2 0-2 4, A. Knott 0 1-2 1, B. Sickler 0 0-0 0, A. Appleby 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 11-18 44.

Valley View - G. Jones 7 2-2 16, B. Cholish 3 5-7 13, J. Seprosky 1 6-6 8, O. Bartkowski 2 1-3 7, Q. Kelley 1 0-0 2, K. Mecca 0 1-2 1, O. Chieffallo 0 0-0 0, Totals 14 15-20 47.

TA 5 19 2 18 - 44
VV 16 2 15 14 - 47

Coughlin - M. Ross 4 1-4 9, M. Tona 4 0-1 8, K. Oliver 2 2-4 6, K. Martinez 2 0-0 5, C. Curtis 1 2-2 4, S. Robinson 1 0-0 2, B. Georgetti 0 0-0 0, Totals 14 5-11 34.

Tunkhannock - M. Hampsey 6 3-4 20, M. Wrubel 4 0-0 10, A. Hardy 4 0-0 8, C. Rossi 3 1-2 7, B. Sickler 2 0-0 4, T. Kromko 1 0-1 2, M. Toczko 0 0-2 0, A. Knott 0 0-0 0, M. Manglaviti 0 0-0 0, C. Trexler 0 0-0 0, A. Appleby 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 4-9 51.

COUG 8 2 12 12 - 34
TUNK 11 13 11 16 - 51