Everything was crumbling around Kentucky.
The Cats found themselves trailing in a game they had once controlled by 17 points.
In the middle of the chaos, there was one set of hands clapping furiously trying to urge on the rest of the team in its second-round NCAA Tournament game.
There was one set of hands, grabbing jerseys and pulling players into the huddle to regroup.
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They were the hands of senior guard Keyla Snowden.
"She's behaving the way I'd like to see a senior behave," Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell said of Snowden. "She's in complete belief that we can win every game and we're going to win every game and this is not going to end."
The former Lexington Catholic standout did everything she could to make sure second-seeded UK didn't bow out in the second round to Green Bay.
She scored the final six points of the game, including the go-ahead bucket with 16 seconds to play and a pair of free throws that helped seal the win and send Kentucky to the Sweet 16 where it will face 11th-seeded Gonzaga on Sunday in Kingston, R.I.
"I just try to encourage people, keep everybody mentally into the game every possession," Snowden said when asked about taking on a leadership role in those first two rounds. "Just having a voice out there keeps people tuned in with what's going on."
It's not a role Snowden has taken to easily.
The Southeastern Conference's Co-Sixth Woman of the Year always has been happy as role player.
But with a finite number of games left on the schedule — with each loss meaning her time at Kentucky will end — Snowden has become a vocal leader.
"Just being a senior, I don't want this to end too early," she said. "I'm just trying to do whatever it takes to get there."
Snowden hasn't just been a vocal leader this post-season on a team that is made up mostly of sophomores and freshmen.
In four post-season games, she's been the Cats' points leader, averaging 14.5 a game.
As other teams key on SEC Player of the Year A'dia Mathies and SEC Freshman of the Year Bria Goss, Snowden has been able to consistently score from various places on the floor.
As important as Snowden's points have been in Kentucky's post-season play so far, Goss said the senior's leadership has been even more key.
For Goss, it was important to see Snowden be so encouraging when the Cats' confidence was crumbling in Ames, Iowa.
"She hit a few big shots and on top of that she was talking," Goss sad. "I feel like her leadership on the court was definitely needed and she stepped up."
It's what Mitchell expects from his senior, who averaged 15.5 points in NCAA play last season.
"Someone like Keyla being as sincere as she's being, and taking that leadership role, it's great to see," Mitchell said. "You like to see that coming from one of your seniors and we're getting it."