Ally Umbenhower's game-winning shot sends North Marion to 4A quarterfinals

JO WHEAT - The North Marion girls basketball team swarms teammate Ally Umbenhower seconds after the junior guard hit the game-winning layup against Henley to give the Huskies a 53-51 win and send the team to the 4A state quarterfinal tournament in Forest Grove this week.
Despite the fact that the No. 7 North Marion girls basketball team has been enjoying its best season in a decade, it all came down to just one play on Saturday night.

The Huskies were hosting the No. 10 Henley Hornets in the first round of the 4A state playoffs and the game was tied at 51-51 with just over 10 seconds remaining on the clock.

Junior guard Ally Umbenhower took the inbound pass near half court from senior teammate Sonia Jimenez, hesitated and moved around the outside of the 3-point line toward the basket. Umbenhower dribbled past her defender, side-stepped the post and laid it up off the backboard for the game-winning shot with three seconds left.

It was so smooth and effortless, it's hard to imagine that it was actually a broken play.

"I drew up a play that did not materialize at all," North Marion head coach Trevor Bodine said. "It was going to be a dribble handoff situation and get it to Mar (Verastegui), trying to kill some of the time."

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