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Official reverses call in the fourth


THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Delaney Alves looks to inbound the ball in front of the scorers table, while referee Kristy Monty begins the five-second count. Early in the fourth quarter, Estacada guard Delaney Alves raced the length of the court to chase down a Philomath player in the far corner. The girls arrived at the bouncing ball at the same time, and it clipped Alves on the arm before trickling out of bounds. Still, her hustle was a success, allowing her teammates to set up on the defensive end.

But when the whistle sounded, the referee pointed in the wrong direction, awarding the ball to the Rangers.

Alves chose to correct the call, discreetly brushing the front of her jersey and quietly informing the official that she had been the last one to touch the ball.

“You don’t have to make a spectacle of it, I just wanted to let her know,” Alves said.

The referee Kristy Monte waved her hands above her head, checked with her fellow official and reversed the call. Philomath ball.

“That’s the first time in my three years officiating that I’ve seen someone do that — she’s a good player,” Monte said.

The Rangers had built a 30-point lead by this stage of the game. Would Alves make the same choice if it were a one-point margin?

“No matter the situation, I want to do the right thing,” she said. “I want to represent my team and my school well.”

No doubt she did that Friday night — a quiet move in the corner of the gym that is worthy of boisterous applause.

“That’s Delaney, so I wasn’t surprised at all,” Rangers coach Jesse Kirkpatrick said. “Of course we want to win, but we also preach sportsmanship and you are always proud to see it happen.”