SMITHSBURG ? St. Maria Goretti and Smithsburg scored victories on Thursday to advance to today's championship game of the Pap Draper Classic.
The defending tournament champion Gaels pulled out a 38-35 victory over Fort Hill, while the Leopards beat James Buchanan, 48-22.
Fort Hill (1-4) will play James Buchanan (1-8) at 6 p.m. in the consolation game, followed by Goretti (6-3) and Smithsburg (3-3) in the championship game.
The Sentinels tied the score at 35-35 with 42 seconds remaining on a 3-point goal by Lindsey Fisher, who had a team-high 11 points. But the Gaels quickly responded when junior point guard Angie Nevarez score a game-winning three-point play with 15 seconds later to supply the final magin of victory.
"That was a great drive by Angie Nevarez," St. Maria Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "She drove the lane for a layup and then made a foul shot for the three-point play. That right there sealed it for us."