Basketball: SLHS Girls In Regional Semis

Buzzer-beater lifts Seahawks past Mt. Vernon.

A shot by South Lakes junior Caitlin Jensen at the buzzer lifted the Seahawks past Mount Vernon in girls Northern Region basketball play Tuesday night and boosted South Lakes into the Regional semifinals for the first time since 1997.

With seven seconds remaining, senior Gabrielle Schultz grabbed a steal. Sasha Sprei split the defense to find Jensen, who knocked down the final shot and gave South Lakes (22-4) a 46-45 victory.

"I am extremely proud of our team, and the resilience and focus down the stretch," said SLHS coach Christy Winters Scott. "Our last three games have come down to one possession, and I am so excited for our opportunity to extend our season, and compete again on Thursday."

The Seahawks were led by sophomore Princess Aghayere with 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sprei added nine points and five rebounds. Abigail Rendle added 10 rebounds, seven blocks and five points. 

Mount Vernon (22-3) was led by Kelly Loftus with 20 points.

South Lakes will play Oakton in the regional semis at 8 p.m. Thursday at Robinson High School. Oakton is 22-4 and defeated TC Williams 46-36 in its quarterfinal game on Tuesday. The Cougars are the defending VHSL AAA State Champions.

Scott February 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Spencer, good comment. I disagree on the clear route to the basket but that's really here nor there now. I think the people who were at the game can all agree that most Mount Vernon fans were turned off by the way the coach acted after the game, taunting the refs from midcourt by waving her hand and yelling goodye to the refs as they were walking off the court, and just acting down right obnoxious. I understand people lose their temper during the game but having to be restrained by her assistants after slamming a clipboard on the floor, then kicking it, followed by stepping on the court is not the way it should have been handled. it is ironic that in the end the refs had more composure and restraint on their emotions and let it slide. Congrats on the win though, you are right, MV had numerous chances to end the game with free throws.
Spencer February 22, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Thank you, Scott. I guess at higher levels in major sports, coaches are sometimes known and legendary for their histrionics; e.g. Bobby Knight and many others. To be fair, South Lakes' coach is 99.9 of the time percent respectful, dignified and composed in games and off the court, if you were to take a look at her total history. As long as we are on the subject of sportsmanship, let's recall the Mount Vernon players who made nasty comments on the court during the game; cried, complained and refused to high-five or even look at the South Lakes players who had outplayed them; their stream of angry public comments on Twitter in ensuing days; and their team parent who came to the semi-final game and hissed at a South Lakes parent, "You don't belong here." Not exactly signs of a class act when it comes to sportsmanlike behavior; but such is human nature and the sport gives all of us lessons to learn and grow from.
Scott February 22, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Yep, MV is definitely not winning any sportsmanship awards. I saw some of the twitter stuff. Pretty childish.
Forum Guru February 28, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I must say this... The game was a great game... Start to finish... the thing that bothered me was that the Police Officer on duty had to go over to Christy Winters Scott and tell her to cool it or he would escort her out. Now that should be a noteworthy discussion. Either way... it was a good game. Unfortunate for MV and Players... but a good game... and what does SPORTSMANSHIP have to do with anything... If anything sportsmanship was HORRIBLE from South Lakes side... You got the win... why taunt the refs and players and fans? SMH...
nadine March 02, 2013 at 09:00 PM
thank you Spencer I'm glad someone understands Coach Scott's reason for losing her temper which she never does not in that way she always is very professional but if you have been at all of Southlakes games you will understand why this officiating error was just way too many


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