Peekskill was the better girls basketball team on this day, but the Grand Island faithful is entitled to a few “what ifs.” GI lost to Peekskill, 41-34, in the Class A New York State semifinals played on Friday in Troy.
Without doubt the biggest “what if” is Kallie Banker’s three-point shot that was waved off by a game official who ruled the 30-second shot clock had expired. Granted, GI had its share of clock management issues dealing with Peekskill’s press, but this one was close to say the least.
Grand Island was trailing, 32-27, when Banker got free at the top of the circle and let one fly. Swish. But the official who was closest to the play, waved it off. The call gave coach Jenepher Banker, who had picked up a technical the quarter before, another reason to question the refs.
"All I could hear was the whistle, but it was already through the bottom of the net. And that was a crucial basket,” she said.
Peekskill’s Jazmin Garcia scored the game’s next points and GI would get no closer.
“Oh yeah, that was in the basket” said Kallie, who fouled out with 22 seconds left. “They didn’t seem to like us very much.”
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Here's our PrepTalkTV coverage from Friday.
-- Mary Jo Monnin