A broken play gave Kaitlin Mahon a chance to break Bishop Louhglin’s heart.
Archbishop Molloy, trailing by one with 7.9 seconds left in the game, was attempting to get Quinnipiac-bound star Aryn McClure an inbounds pass with the option to kick the ball to shooter on the outside. Instead, Mahon found herself with the ball — and a lane to the basket.
“I looked at the clock and I just went for it,” she said.
The Queens College commit dribbled up the court and put up a 10-foot floater that found the bottom of the net at the buzzer to give the visiting Stanners an important 49–48 victory over the Lions in Catholic High School Athletic Association girls’ basketball on Jan 4.
“It was a great feeling,” Mahon said. “I honestly won’t forget it.”
McClure led the Stanners with 11 points. Bishop Loughlin’s sophomore Milicia Reid and junior Skydajah Patterson each had 13 points. The victory hands Loughlin its first league loss and keeps Molloy a game behind the Lions and Christ the King for the regular season title.
Loughlin coach Chez Williams said he still has plenty of confidence in his team moving forward.
“I feel like we have a good shot,” he said. “If all goes well, there’s a chance that they may have a rematch in the playoffs, which would not be surprising to many.”
In the early going, it was all Molloy as it attacked the basket and held the lead into the second quarter. Reid then sparked the Lions with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 18–12, but the Stanners went into halftime up 20–17.
Bishop Loughlin did not stay down for long. Reid and senior Oshunremi Iwelu contributed with scoring in the third quarter, which brought Loughlin within four points of at the end of the frame. Loughlin finally captured its first lead at 42–40 on a layup by Patterson with 4:40 left in the fourth. Despite the comeback, Williams said he would have liked a more consistent effort from his club.
“The key to this team’s success has been playing together and playing hard for four quarters,” he said.
The game remained tight over the final four minutes, setting the stage for the exciting finish. Reid hit a jumper to bring Loughlin to a 48–47 lead with 7.9 seconds left. Mahon’s last-second floater changed that, but it didn’t change Williams feeling about his team’s potential for long-term success.
“I feel like we have a good shot in the playoffs,” Williams said. “Everything has been regular this season with this team and I feel we are poised to make a deep run.