FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Freshman Kennedy Schenck hit a baseline buzzer-beater to defeat Manasquan 50-48 to give the Lady Warriors the first Tournament of Champions title in the history of their program.
"When I turned around I had to make a smart decision to either shoot or pass," Schenck said. "I didn't see anybody there so I decided to shoot, and when it left my hand I knew it was going in."
With 3:53 left in the third quarter the Lady Warriors were trailing Manasquan 30-29, and Keona Schenck (Kennedy Schenck's twin sister) hit two back to back free-throws to give Franklin the lead, the first of many lead changes in the half.
In the fourth quarter, Camille Gray drove up the middle scored and got fouled, and converted the three-point play to give the Lady Warriors a 46-44 lead with 2:12 left in the game.
With under 10 seconds left, Miller took a long jump shot that careened off the rim and Schenck got the rebound and took the shot that made history for the Lady Warriors.
"Even if she missed, I believe in my team, that we would have won in overtime," Miller said.
"Have you ever seen freshmen with the nerves these girls have," Franklin Head Coach Audrey Taylor said. "They don't carry any nerves whatsoever, it is amazing to me... Once it left her hand we knew it was good."
Diamond Miller's game high 18 points kept the Lady Warriors close in a back and forth game that saw multiple lead changes throughout.
Franklin battled back from a rough start where they only scored seven points in the first quarter, Monique Davis-Campbell scored six of them.
Franklin also won the rebounding battle 40-34, Miller had seven and Davis-Campbell, Gray both had six of their own.
"Their family, they really care for one another and want to see each other succeed and a lot of coaches don't understand this," Taylor said. "When you have a family that goes out and plays for one another and battles for one another it makes your coaching job a lot easier...Like I said earlier I am so so proud of these young ladies they worked hard."
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