In the six days, Allen County’s Holly Robinson has made a habit of making last second shots for her team. Thursday night, her 18-foot jumper as time ran out lifted the Lady Patriots to a 49-47 win over Metcalfe County in the first round of the Girls Fourth Region Tournament at Barren County High School.
The location was the same as last week when she banked in a 3-pointer as time ran out to send a game into a second overtime against Glasgow in the championship of the 15th District Tournament. The Lady Patriots eventually won that contest, which set them up with Thursday’s game against the 16th District runners-up Lady Hornets.
“We know teams are going to deny Morgan (Rich) the ball with one or two people in those situations,” explained Allen County head coach Brad Bonds. “We practice those late-game situations and the last two nights, Holly has been the one to get the shots.”
The situation was Metcalfe County senior guard Riley Eskridge had just hit two free throws to tie the game at 47-all with 5.9 seconds left in regulation. Allen County took the ball out of bounds after the second made foul shot, got the ball in bounds, made a couple of passes before the ball landed in Robinson’s hands. The clock rolled under a second when she let the shot go and the ball swished through the net.
Bonds, his assistant coaches and bench players swarmed the floor to hug and celebrate with Robinson,who made the shot about 15 feet from her team’s bench.
The Lady Hornets were obviously shocked by the outcome as they stood watching the celebration before slowing walking back to their bench to form a hand-shake line.
“I thought we were incredible for most of the game,” Metcalfe head coach Peter DiStefano said. “That’s one of the best games my team has played since I’ve been at Metcalfe County.”
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