Buzzer beater shocks Saints

St. Andrew’s Saints players reach for the basketball during action Nov. 30 at St. Andrew’s School. Left-right are Saints’ players Katrina Gauchier and Daisy Porisky, and Kinuso’s Keanna Locke.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News
It was almost déjà vu all over again.

Keanna Locke’s buzzer beater with one second left gave the visiting Kinuso Knights a thrilling 15-13 win over the defending champion St. Andrew’s Saints Nov. 30 in Smoky River Junior High School Basketball League Girl’s Division action.

It would be hard to match the excitement of the match, except that just under one year ago, on Dec. 2, 2015, the Knights won a double overtime thriller 30-29 over the same Saints.

The Knights trailed throughout much of the game, including the fourth quarter before scoring the game last six points.

Locke’s game-winning bucket gave her a team-high seven points. Boden Churchill added four points and Shaylena Patenaude and Sierra Sheldon two points each for the Knights, who start the season 2-0.

Rhys MacIntosh netted a game-high eight points to lead the Saints, while Macey Shaw added three points and Katrina Gauchier two.

The low score should not fool anyone into thinking these are weak teams. Both fiercely defending the net and contested almost every shot. And one should not forget that it was the Saints’ stingy defence which led them to the title a year ago.

However, in the dying seconds Locke was left unguarded near the net and drained an easy basket for the win.

The teams will not have long to forget what happened. They play the season rematch against each other at Kinuso Dec. 7.

St. Andrew’s player Ella Deering dribbles past Kinuso’s Keanna Locke during action Nov. 30 at St. Andrew’s School.

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