Meg Rogers scored only six points, but her final two points gave the Shenendehowa girls basketball team a key victory.
Rogers drained a long jump shot at the buzzer to give the Plainsmen (10-2) a 49-47 victory over Shaker in last Friday's Suburban Council North Division game in Latham.
Meg is one of those kids who goes unnoticed most of the time, said Shen coach Ken Strube. "But she always has the toughest defensive assignments, and I think it's deserving that she gets rewarded for that hard work by hitting the winning shot. I'm just thrilled for her."
Rogers' shot thwarted what had been a stunning comeback by Shaker (8-4 league, 10-4 overall). The Blue Bison trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter before going on a 24-7 run to take a 47-45 lead late in the fourth quarter.
"I give my kids a lot of credit," said Shaker coach Emily Caschera. "We had to dig ourselves out of a hole, and they did."
Shen established control with a pair of first-half runs. The first spurt turned an early 4-2 deficit into a 12-4 lead, and the second " an 11-0 run " put the Plainsmen ahead 24-9 in the second quarter. Shaker pulled within eight points of Shen late in the second quarter before Emily Weber sank a jump shot with less than 10 seconds left to give the Plainsmen a 29-19 halftime lead.
Shen increased the advantage to 38-23 early in the third quarter before Shaker's defense clamped down on the Plainsmen. Using a full-court press, the Blue Bison forced several backcourt turnovers, and although not all of them led to points, it did prevent Shen from scoring at the other end.
"I just thought we were tenacious [on defense] and fought very hard," said Caschera. "The press obviously worked."