TOP DOGS! Freeport ladies capture title in Basketball Blowout

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 01:12 PM.

In the third quarter, the Pirates gained some ground outscoring the Bulldogs 16-10.  However, Freeport still held a four-point lead going in the final quarter.

At the start of the fourth, Ponce de Leon put up 10 unanswered points to go up 48-42. With 1:30 left in the game, Freeport's Katie O'Neal nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game up at 48-48 with 36 seconds left to play.

Ponce de Leon turned the ball over and Freeport got possession. A couple of timeouts were called with the last being at 6 seconds. Freeport's Megan O'Neal fired off a 3-pointer that got wedged between the basket and the backboard with .06 seconds showing on the clock. The Pirates got the ball and threw it the distance, but nobody touched it. Freeport got one last chance under the basket. The ball was inbounded to Mary Kate, who bounced it off the backboard for a buzzer beater.

"That was the only chance we had," said an out-of-breath Coach Myrick. "If it goes in, we win; if not, it's overtime.

Mary Kate then described the last second, game-winning shot.

"I knew it was coming to me," Mary Kate said. "I wasn't nervous, because if I had missed we'd gone into overtime. I was just trying to make it go in.”

Mary Kate explained that she along with Katie and Megan O'Neal practice that shot off the backboard a lot in practice just for fun.

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