But Wells, Miller’s cool freshman guard, pressed the mute button on the Triton fans. “That’s something I’ve worked on a lot,” Wells said of the hesitation move she actually used twice on Riley in the final seconds before the 6-foot center was finally caught flat-footed. “It feels good, but I can’t get too excited because we still have another game to play.” Miller – 33-2 and winners of 23 consecutive – will now play Long Beach Poly on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion for the Southern California Regional title. The winner of that game will go to Sacramento’s Arco Arena the following week for the CIF-State Division I title. Wells led all scorers with 25 points and also had three steals. She drew the admiration of Tritons coach Mary Mulligan. FONTANA – There’s an adage that goes “He who hesitates is lost.” But don’t tell Miller freshman Chloe Wells that. “You don’t expect someone to use that (hesitation) move twice like she did,” Mulligan said. “It was a smart move. She’s a great player and she played well. “But we had an awesome season. Nobody expected us to do this well.” The score was tied 20-20 at halftime and Miller led 32-31 after three quarters. Leading 36-34 with fewer than four minutes left, Miller seemed to take control after two nifty plays by guard Keisha Mackall. First Mackall made a short jumper to put her team ahead by four with with 3:35 left. Then Mackall drew an offensive foul as Miller regained possession. Junior guard Briana Hall followed with a layup at 2:47 as the Miller fans roared their approval. But San Clemente (28-6) clawed its way back on a layup and free throw by Andrea Wertz at 2:41, bringing the Tritons to within three. Riley added a layup at 2:04 to make it 40-39 Miller, then Amanda Franz was fouled with 1:19 left and coolly made two free throws as San Clemente took a one-point lead. Wells was unflappable, though, making a layup with Riley draped all over her with 38 seconds left as Miller took a 42-41 lead. However, the Rebels fouled Franz nine second later and she again made two free throws as the Tritons took the lead for the last time. There were just 29 seconds left and Miller coach Mel Wilkins decided not to take a timeout. “It was like a chess match and their coach is a (darned) good coach,” Wilkins said. “But I didn’t feel like that was the time to call a timeout.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wells, with time winding down and her team behind by one Saturday night, froze San Clemente defender Kristen Riley with a hesitation move, then exploded past her for a layup with five seconds left to give her team a pulse-pounding 44-43 victory in the CIF Division I Southern California Regional semifinals. As soon as Wells’ shot kissed off the glass and went through the net, the Miller fans erupted in cheers and screams. They had been relatively quiet most of the night, especially in comparison to San Clemente’s red-clan fans who came to the game in two booster buses and stood and cheered throughout.