RONAN -- Frustrated by back-to-back-to-back offensive turnovers, a frustrated Duane Zeiler called timeout. His Florence girls were suddenly trailing.
"Is this the team I coached all year?" hollered the Falcons' head basketball coach, his question booming over the chatter inside the Ronan Event Center gym Friday.
Instead of wilting in the face of adversity -- and Zeiler's intensity -- the Falcons rose to the occasion. Florence flew out of the break on a 10-0 run and never trailed again in knocking off Troy, 39-33, in the semifinals of the Western B Divisional basketball tournament.
The win moves Florence (15-7), the No. 2 seed from District 6-B, into the divisional championship game Saturday. The Falcons will play league-mate Ronan at 6:30 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic spot in the State B tournament two weeks down the road.
It's a long road back for the Troy girls, who are crossing their fingers for a Falcons upset of unbeaten Ronan. Their trouble started with about 4 minutes left in the third quarter Friday.
Florence regained the lead on Rilee Mangun's layup less than 30 seconds out of the critical timeout. She was fouled, but missed the ensuring free throw. Teammate Autumn Round was there for the rebound and the put-back bucket though.
Round scored six points in the 10-0 stretch, including another short shot off of an offensive board.
"Our coach definitely chewed our butts," Round said of Florence's impassioned timeout conversation. "He knew that that's not the team we actually are and we can play so much better. That motivated us to go out there and take care of it."
Troy, whose starting five held a major height advantage over the shorter Falcons, were hamstrung for most of the game because of Florence's crafty play in the paint. The Falcons drove right at the Trojans' tall girls and got friendly foul calls to take them out of the game.
Six-foot-1 senior star Alyssa Lewis played the most sparingly and fouled out in the fourth with just two points.
Florence took advantage. Round finished with 11 points, Rilee Mangun had 10 and Chloe Arthur nine as the Falcons built an eight-point lead with about 2 minutes left in the game.
That's when Allie Coldwell took over. The Troy sharp-shooter knocked down a 3-pointer to pull her team within 35-30, then Troy forced a turnover on Florence's in-bounds pass and Coldwell hit another triple.
"If we could keep it within 10 in the last few minutes I honestly though we had a chance," said Troy coach Justin Young, praising Coldwell's performance.
Troy forced another turnover but came up empty on the other end and went into fouling mode. Florence nearly gave the game away by missing six straight free throws in the fourth, but Danielle Zahn and Chloe Arthur finished it out with two perfect trips to the line to secure the win.
Florence shot just 15 of 32 on freebies overall.
"We shoot 50, 100 free throws a day a lot of days," coach Zeiler said. "I think the girls had so much pressure on them because we've had such an up-and-down season. I think the pressure got to them tonight, but they found out how to settle down and make them when we needed them most."
Coldwell finished with a game-high 15 points, but no other Trojan had more than six.