Maria Weselyji sank a 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired, propelling the Mercy High basketball team to a 54-53 triumph over Lauralton Hall in the Class LL state final at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Saturday night.
After Michelle DeSantis scored on a spinning layup with four seconds left, the Crusaders stormed the court thinking they had won the game. However, Mercy called timeout and 3.8 seconds were placed back on the clock.
“They thought they won the game,” Lauralton Hall coach Amanda Forcucci said. “It’s never good when you go from, you think you just won it, to having it slip through your hands.”
The top-seeded Tigers then called another timeout, before inbounding underneath their own basket. Sheena Landy threw a baseball pass to mid-court, where Cassandra Santoro caught it and found Weselyji on the perimeter.
The senior guard swished in the shot, as Mercy’s sideline erupted in celebration. The Tigers had lost in the Class LL state finals the past three years by a combined total of seven points.
Jordyn Nappi led the Tigers with 13 points, while Landy had 12 and six rebounds. Maura Fitzpatrick chipped in with 11 points and Weselyji eight.
Carly Fabbri paced second-seeded Lauralton Hall with a game-high 20 points, while Olivia Levey had 13 and DeSantis 11.
For the full game story, check out next week’s Mirror.