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Jefferson downs Fife on final shot in OT

"Mandy Carter called it her 15 minutes of fame. It was a play that wasn’t supposed to go to the Thomas Jefferson junior, and the shot was one she didn’t really expect to make.As it turned out, however, the play went to her and she made the shot to give the Raiders a 63-62 overtime nonleague road victory over Fife Wednesday. Senior Lindy Clark provided a bulk of the Raiders’ offense with a career-high 25 points as Jefferson improved to 2-2. Fife fell to 0-3.“I wasn’t supposed to be involved in that play, but I got involved,” Carter said. “I thought it was going to get blocked from behind.”That shot was only Carter’s second of the game. She missed the first one. Carter had come in moments earlier for starting post Sophia Godinez, who had fouled out with 10 points and 10 rebounds.Trailing 62-61 with 13 seconds left, Jefferson coach Mike Grady set up a play for Jessiye Clark to take the final shot. Clark and Key broke the Fife press. Key nearly threw the ball out of bounds on a pass to Brandi Hoch. Hoch managed to grab the ball and drove toward the basket. “I put myself in a bad position by driving to the baseline,” Hoch said. “Luckily I saw Mandy there and she made it.”The defense collapsed on Hoch, leaving Carter open for just a second.“That last play was almost picture perfect, except for that last bounce pass. We didn’t think they were going to let that happen,” Grady said. “I thought Brandi was going to shoot it. Thank goodness she saw Mandy breaking (to the basket).”Jefferson could have won the game in regulation if not for Jamie Christel’s 3-pointer from the top of the key that pulled the Trojans into a 55-55 tie with two seconds left in the fourth quarter.“I was kind of disappointed. We worked so hard this entire game,” Key said. “I knew getting down on the players would not help. So I just tried to keep my head up and lead the team.”After the teams traded baskets to open the overtime period, Hoch, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds, banged down a 3-pointer for a 60-57 Jefferson lead. Fife answered with a pair of baskets to go up by one. Mitzi Moore tied the game at 61, making one of two free throws with 30 seconds left.Fife’s ArNisha Henderson came back, hitting one of two free throws with 13 seconds left.That set up the final play.“I’m happy with the composure, especially at the end,” Grady said. The game was close throughout, with 16 lead changes and five ties.Key was the force for the Raiders through three quarters. She scored nine points in the second quarter, including a 3-pointer, and added eight more in the third.Henderson topped the Trojans with 21 points and Janelle Markham added 18, including three 3-pointers.As big as Carter’s final shot and Key’s career-high offensive output was the play of Clark at the point. The Raiders lost their starting point guard, sophomore Michelle Morse, in the opening moments of the game. The Raiders finished with 24 turnovers, a third or which belonged to Clark. But she also created many scoring opportunities with nine assists and scored eight points.“She was really stressed out, but she did really good,” Hoch said. “She gets a lot of props for that.”"

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