ELNORA — Meghan Knepp didn’t have time to think, she just let it fly.
Trailing by one point with two seconds to play in regulation at the Cougar Den Tuesday, the North Daviess girls basketball team looked as if it were about to suffer its first loss of the season. After a missed Shoals free throw and trailing 30-29 with two seconds to play in regulation, North Daviess head coach Ron Knepp took a timeout, and drew up a play for his hottest shooter at the time, Meghan Knepp.
Knepp had scored eight of the Cougars 11 points in the quarter, including one three-pointer. Junior forward Sabra Smith took an inbound pass inside half court and immediately found Knepp on the left wing, and she did the rest. Knepp’s quick catch and shoot found the bottom of the net as time expired, giving the Cougars (5-0) a thrilling 32-30 victory.
Knepp said there was no time to think, she just wanted to make sure the play was executed properly.
“I was thinking I better hit this shot, or my coach is going to be really mad,” said Meghan Knepp who led North Daviess with 13 points.
The Cougars jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter behind five points from Smith and two from Taylor Mallett. The Cougars appeared to be on its way to an easy win, but Shoals didn’t get the message. The Jug Rox outscored the Cougars 10-3 in the second quarter, and then 13-9 in the third quarter to take a 23-19 lead entering the final quarter. With under four minutes to play, Shoals held what looked to be a commanding 28-22 lead, but struggled mightily from the foul line down the stretch. Jaylan Hilderbrand missed three of four free throws in the fourth quarter and five of six overall opening the door to the North Daviess comeback in the final minutes. Smith added 12 points, Mallett had five and Larynda Keith added two.