Early in the fourth quarter, South Warren's Amaya Lasley buried a 3-pointer to give her team a 50-37 lead – and it appeared the Lady Spartans would make their first trip to the state tournament in school history.
Bowling Green had other plans.
The Lady Purples went on a 22-1 run to close out the game and upset South Warren 59-51 to win the 4th Region championship.
"I can't put into words how proud I am of these young ladies," Bowling Green coach Calvin Head said. "The fight that they've had all year long, the resilience, the perseverance. That was just an example of what we've been through.
"Backs against the wall, five minutes to go, down 13, could've gave up but we fought back. Can't write a better story at all."
Bowling Green senior guard Keely Morrow led BGHS with 21 points and nine rebounds. Shalyn Whitson added 13 points while T'alla Brown scored 12.
"This was no one person do-it-all. It was a team effort," BG's Shalyn Whitson said. "I just love my team more than anything and I'm so glad we come this far."
Said Keely Morrow: "Everybody counted us out and to come through, win and cut down the nets again in Diddle (Arena) is great."
South Warren finished this year with a school record 31 wins, a third straight 14th District championship and its first appearance in the 4th Region final.
"I'm just a big believer in fate and this is what was supposed to happen," South Warren coach Blane Embry said. "It's hard to accept sometimes but as an adult and as a Christian you try to realize that this was the way things were supposed to happen.
"Hate it for the kids, but again, putting it all in perspective, what a great season we had."
Bowling Green will meet Elizabethtown in the first round of the state tournament Wednesday at Northern Kentucky University.