Industrial's MaKayla Lenamon drives to the basket during Friday's District 30-2A game against Edna. Lenamon hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Industrial into a third place tie with the Cowgirls in district with one game to play.
Originally published on Friday, February 1, 2013
VANDERBILT - In the grand scheme of things, the first three quarters of Friday night's District 30-2A match between Industrial and Edna didn't matter.
In fact, all that mattered was Makayla Lenamon's 3-point shot at the buzzer that gave Industrial a 45-43 victory.
"When I shot that ball, all I was saying was 'Please go in, please go in,'" Lenamon said. "I didn't know if it was going to go in or not."
Edna's Andrea Robinson, playing in her first game in two weeks because of an injury, gave her team one-point lead with 10 seconds left after she grabbed a rebound and put it back through the hoop.
Industrial head coach Brandon Karl didn't call a timeout as the Cobras moved the ball up court and, with the final seconds ticking away, the ball ended up in the hands of Lenamon at the top of the 3-point arc.
"I was torn whether or not to call a timeout," Karl explained. "They looked to be a little confused, so I decided to let the girls play."
From there, the senior guard took one step and made her shot, which hit nothing but the net.
"That was the best feeling of my life," Lenamon said. "I couldn't think of a better way to end my senior season here."
The win breathes new life into Industrial's season. The Cobras moved to 8-5 in District 30-2A, putting themselves in a tie with Edna for third place.
"We were fighting for our lives tonight," Karl said. "If we lost, we would've been out of the playoffs. But we're right back in it."
The Cowgirls will host Goliad, which currently leads District 30-2A, Tuesday night, while Industrial travels to Tidehaven.
If Edna and Industrial both win, or lose, their Tuesday games they will meet in a one-game playoff on Friday.
If that happens, a repeat of Industrial's buzzer-beating victory isn't unfathomable.
The Cobras dominated the first half against Edna, building a 13-point lead at halftime. Senior Elissa Beaudoin, who fouled out of the game with 15 seconds left, had nearly half of her team's 29 first half points. She'd finish her final home game with 21 points.
Lenamon ended the night with five points, but the senior couldn't have written a better ending to her last home game at Industrial's gymnasium.
"Not at all," Lenamon said. "I didn't care if we won by one or 10 points. I just wanted to win."
While the Cobras could do no wrong in the first half, it was Edna which looked like the dominant team coming out of halftime.
"I think we came out of the half thinking we'd win the game," Lenamon admitted. "But they came out full speed and we realized we had to pick it up."
The Cowgirls scored 11 unanswered points before Industrial got on the board. Edna wound up outscoring the Cobras 18-5 in the third quarter, which tied the two rivals at 34-34.
Neither team had a lead larger than two points in the fourth quarter. Edna's Kathy Garcia had a chance to give the Cowgirls the lead with 15 seconds remaining, but failed to make either free throw attempt.