Skyline girls basketball team nets win with OT buzzer beater

January 8, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

Skyline and Ballard put on a nail-biting show Jan. 4 when the two girls team went back and forth on the court, ending the fourth quarter in a 44-44 tie.

The game wasn’t decided until the final second of overtime, when Haley Smith made the game-winning shot for the Skyline Spartans to clinch the game 54-53.

“We were crowd pleasers, I think, tonight. It’s hard on the coach, but it was an exciting game, it was an exciting finish,” Skyline coach Greg Bruns said. “You could just see in Ballard’s eyes that they felt that they had that game. To take it away from them in the last second, that’s tough.”

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The game started out in a tie with both teams finishing the first quarter with 11 points on the board. Skyline secured a 14-point lead by halftime, but they slowly lost it in the second half, as Ballard matched the Spartans missed shots with successful field goals.

“We were thinking that we were back in control and started to settle in. Third quarter went really dry for us,” Bruns said. “We shot a really low percentage. We were taking one shot and done. They were getting rebounds, and they were making shots.”

The two teams finished regular play tied and went into overtime. They continued to go basket for basket until six seconds were left on the clock and Skyline was down by one.

“We threw the ball to Haley Smith. The play was to get it back to Rachel [Shim],” Bruns said. “And she found a way to get to the basket and made the shot at the last second. We didn’t play our best, but those are sometimes the biggest wins for you.”

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