GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Foran edges West Haven (photos)
MILFORD — Foran couldn’t catch a break lately, dropping two games in a row.
That changed on Wednesday as Foran held on for a 34-33 Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision victory over West Haven after the Blue Devils’ Mykelle Coleman illegally ran the baseline on an inbounds pass and turned the ball over to Foran with 1.6 seconds left.
West Haven fell to 3-5 and Foran improved to 4-5.
"Losing two games in a row got in our head,” said Foran junior guard Teneya McLaughlin. “We weren’t playing as a team. Our practices weren’t as much fun because we were all mad at each other, but once we win it brings us all back together.”
McLaughlin played a major role in boosting team morale, converting on a layup with 1:20 left to put the Lions up 34-31.
Foran coach Scott Nails said it was a crucial play.
“Fortunately enough Teneya made a nice move and got to the rim and made a layup,” he said.
However, it wasn’t a done deal after McLaughlin’s bucket as West Haven’s Jayva Johnson cut the lead to 34-33 after making a layup of her own with 15 seconds left.
Still up by a point, McLaughlin missed the front end of a one-and-one, West Haven got it back, but missed a layup.
Two Foran players collected the rebound and traveled trying to pull it away from each other.
West Haven inbounded the ball under its own basket and Coleman illegally ran the baseline looking for someone to pass to.
Players can only move after a made basket.
Blue Devils coach Jim Eagan said it wasn’t her fault.
“I’ll take the blame for that,” he said. “We work so hard on the play and when we break the huddle we say, ‘remember you can or you can’t.’ We were so intent on making sure everyone knew the play and all of sudden the timeout was over.”
Regardless of how the victory came, Foran will take it.
“It felt good to finally win,” McLaughlin said.