Wilde Lake's Stef Bassett's only shot last night in the 8th-ranked Wildecats' game at No. 9 Centennial was a three-pointer.
She made it.
She also won the game.
Bassett, who is usually one of the first players off the bench but didn't enter the game until 4: 34 remained, took Toni White's pass, stepped back over the three-point line and sank the open shot with six seconds left for the 37-34 Howard County league victory.
"When I got the pass I could hear Toni and my coach yell shoot," said Bassett. "It looked real good when I shot it. When it went in, it was a great feeling."
Centennial didn't call a timeout, and a half-court shot came after the buzzer.
Bassett was glad to get the opportunity.
"I was trying to get myself open because I wanted to shoot really bad," Bassett said. "During warm-ups I was hitting one after another. I knew I was on."
It was a wild finish to a game that often was sloppily played and extremely physical because the referees allowed it to be. Neither team played particularly well in the fourth quarter, but each had opportunities to win.
Centennial (1-2 overall, 0-1 league) made only two of 11 shots and committed five turnovers in the fourth quarter. Wilde Lake, which rallied from a 10-point, third-quarter deficit, made four of 13 fourth-quarter shots (two of them were three-pointers) and had three turnovers.
"Our offense was very much out of sync tonight," said Wilde Lake assistant coach Don Storr, subbing for head coach Kelly Storr, who gave birth Dec. 3 to the couple's first child.
"We're really disappointed," said Centennial coach Dave Greenberg. "We didn't make good decisions at the end, and we didn't play as hard as we needed to."
Wilde Lake's Natashka Hill tossed up a three-point shot that just beat the shot clock to tie the game at 30 with 7: 13 to play.
Meredith Price, who led Centennial with 15 points, scored on a layup with 5: 51 for a two-point Eagles' lead. Lashon White, who led Wilde Lake with 11 points, tied it with 4: 04 left, then the Wildecats (3-0, 2-0) took a 34-32 lead when her twin sister, Toni, put back a shot with 2: 27 remaining.
The next two minutes were filled with missed shots and turnovers. Finally, Centennial's Icyis Richardson scored underneath to tie the game with 34 seconds and was fouled by Toni White. Richardson missed the free throw -- Centennial was eight of 17 from the line and Wilde Lake 0-for-3 -- and the Wildecats rebounded.
Pub Date: 12/14/96