St. Anthony's downs LuHi in OT thriller
Rebecca Musgrove needed to have a case of convenient amnesia. The free-throw line has not always been kind to her in critical situations in big games, and with no time remaining in regulation Sunday, she missed the first of two free throws.
But the St. Anthony's junior hit the second one to force overtime. She then scored seven points in OT, going 7-for-8 from the foul line.
Musgrove wound up scoring 15 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as St. Anthony's beat Long Island Lutheran, 65-59, in the Kennedy Challenge at JFK in the Bronx in a game between two of the best teams on Long Island.
With the Friars leading in the waning seconds of a game they would lose, Musgrove missed the front end of a one-and-one against Nazareth in the state Class AA semifinals last season. A similar situation occurred two weeks ago against South Shore.
"Those games killed me,'' said Musgrove, who had 10 rebounds and four assists. "If I got that chance again, I wasn't going to miss those foul shots. I work on them every day with my dad in the gym and coaches. In my mind, they were going in. I knew I had to make one. I didn't doubt myself at all.''
That confidence seemed to infiltrate a Friars team that has struggled from the free-throw line all season. They went 5-for-11 in the fourth quarter but 10-for-13 in overtime.
"That was great,'' St. Anthony's coach Ken Parham said. "I am glad she had the opportunity to be in that situation again. I knew she would be successful.''
Chastity Taylor had 16 points and Symone Kelly 14 points and 20 rebounds for St. Anthony's (13-4). Taylor had 10 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
For Long Island Lutheran (14-3), freshman Boogie Brozoski had a career-high 28 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Yuni Sher added 18.
Taylor opened overtime with a three-point play to give the Friars a 54-51 lead. Musgrove's two free throws made it 56-51. Brozoski cut it to 60-57 with two free throws with 28 seconds left before Musgrove went 5-for-6 from the foul line in the final 17 seconds.
The Crusaders trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter but tied the score at 34 when Brozoski banked in a three-pointer from midcourt to end the third quarter.
"It hurts a lot to lose,'' Brozoski said. "You want to show who's best. They're a great team. We're a great team. To this team, the loss will take a few days to get over.''
Said Musgrove: "Everyone has been talking about this game for so long. We were definitely looking forward to this. Big bragging rights.''