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By Carl Holcomb
The Yellow Jackettes were three seconds from glory in Mt. Storm last Thursday, but a snippet of hope was all the eighth ranked Lady Tigers needed as Union senior Colleena Burdock launched the game-winning half-court buzzer beater for a 38-37 Region II Section 2 semifinal victory.
“I just knew they [teammates] were giving 110 percent that quarter like we told them to and that’s all we asked,” Union senior Colleena Burdock remarked.
“That big shot was a once in a lifetime shot. As soon as she missed the foul shot, I said yes. I knew once Angel passed me the ball, I could get at least three dribbles off before the shot. I put it up and it was just a relief. That was a great feeling and the crowd storming the court was unbelievable.”
Moorefield (12-12) came very close to turning this third meeting into the charm, but the slipper didn’t fit.
There was a flurry of action in the final 15 seconds after a missed free throw by Moorefield sophomore Emma Baker grabbed the rebound and the ball was snatched away by Burdock.
Burdock lost control of the ball with Baker making a diving attempt for it along the sidelines, but the ball was awarded to Union (22-2) with nine seconds to go.
Baker deflected a pass and got tangled up with Union’s Angel Mann on the floor forcing a jump ball going back to the Yellow Jackettes with four seconds remaining.
“Just like all year long, these girls never gave up even when there was a tenth of a second left. Colleena has been practicing that shot everyday in practice just for this reason right here. She is the heart of this team. She just lifted a school up with that shot. I told our girls not to give up. As long as you play with heart and have the heart to win, you can beat anybody. We told them at halftime if you want it more than them, it is right there in your heart and you go out and take it,” Union Coach Alex Stapleton commented.