Clackamas CC-Lane CC women's game boils down to buzzer-beater
Lane Community College's Megan Fossen said the shot felt spot-on the instant the ball left her hand.
Fossen knocked down a free-throw line jump shot with one second to play, lifting the Titans of Eugene to an 80-78 Northwest Oregon Conference women's basketball road win Saturday over Clackamas Community College at CCC's Randall Hall in Oregon City.
Fossen finished with a team-high 20 points, Kendra McAninch added 16 points, and Kalina Rojas had 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as the Titans (13-3, 2-1 South) held off a frantic Clackamas comeback to win in a nail-biter.
"This was a pretty big win — our first away game," said Fossen, Lane's sophomore guard from Medford. "To win it is really good, especially against Clackamas, because they are a really good team.
"I definitely knew it would be a tight game because we're both very talented teams. We're glad we pulled it out."
The Titans looked as if they had put the game out of reach when Fossen made one of two free throws to give Lane a 76-69 lead with 23 seconds remaining.
Clackamas' Ambreece Gaskins answered with 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 76-72, keeping the Cougars' hopes alive with 18.2 seconds left.
After Lane's Madison Fisek made one of two free throws, Clackamas' Dani Lyons drilled a 3-pointer that cut the Titans' lead to 77-75 with 11 seconds to play.
Clackamas then fouled Lane's Madi McGowan, who made one of two free throws to put the Titans' lead at 78-75 with 10 seconds remaining.
At the other end, Lyons missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it, but grabbed her own rebound under the basket, scored, got fouled, and made the free throw pull the Cougars even at 78-78 with 3.3 seconds left.
After Lane a timeout, the Titans advanced the ball to the front court and tossed an inbound pass to Fossen, who pulled Clackamas defender Landy Williams with a pump-fake from the top of the 3-point arc and then put the ball on the floor before pulling up from the right elbow.
"We were confident we could score," Fossen said. "Once I got the ball, I just thought, 'Do the work. Go in and score.'
"It was supposed to be a 3, but then the defender went for my pump fake, so I dibbled and pulled up for the jumper. Once the ball left my hand, I felt pretty confident it was going in."
Fossen also got fouled on the play. She missed the free throw and Brooke Bullock grabbed the rebound for Clackamas, but time expired before Bullock could launch a final shot.
"Fossen hit that big shot to beat us, but she had to shoot a pull-up, dribble-elbow jumper and I'm OK with that," Cougars coach Jim Martineau said. "I think that's how you play it all day long. You don't give up a lob lay-up and you don't give up a wide-open 3.
"I'm super-proud of how the kids battled. They could have hung their heads when they were down seven with 23 seconds left, but they did a great job."
Clackamas' Kylie Guelsdorf, who played last season at Lane, led all scorers with 25 points and eight assists, and Bullock added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (12-2, 2-1).
"This has been the last 20 years of my life with us and Lane," Martineau said. "It's never really a blowout. Whether we've got better teams or they've got better teams, it's always close.
"I'd love to have won this one, but I loved the last three minutes, putting the pressure on them where they were thinking, 'Oh, my gosh, are they really going to beat us?' Don't get me wrong, I love to win. But the battle … it's always fun to watch a good battle."
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