MOUNT VERNON — For 30 1/2 minutes, the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets and Delaware Hayes Pacers set basketball back 50 years.
For the final 90 seconds, it was the greatest game in Mount Vernon girls basketball history.
The Yellow Jackets scored 12 points in that final stretch of play to erase an eight-point deficit and stun the visiting Pacers, 36-34, at The Hive on Friday.
“They got challenged at halftime. I kind of leaned into them a little bit,” said Mount Vernon head coach Joe Rucker. “Plus, we had that bad taste in our mouths from our last game against Big Walnut. We said, ‘We gave them away. Now, let’s go get one.’”
On what became the final shot of the game, Sierra Basista drove the length of the court, pulled up and hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to clinch the contest.
“(Basista) stepped up. She had an open 3 and, with all the confidence in the world, knocked it down,” said Rucker. “That shot right there is going to lead to some great things for her coming up.”
Basista’s shot was the climax of a jarring comeback in a game that had been filled with missed plays on both sides. Until the final run, the teams had combined for a woeful 19-for-81 (23.5 percent) shooting — including 0-for-17 from beyond the arc — and had committed 42 turnovers.
With 1:26 showing on the clock and Mount Vernon (7-4, 3-3 Ohio Capital Conference) down, 32-24, Emily Nussbaum drove the line and kicked the ball out to Rachel Parks, who drained the first 3-pointer of the game.
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