High school girls basketball: Madison Hosino’s three-pointer at the end of regulation gives the Northridge Knights a 49-46 win over the Syracuse Titans

High school girls basketball: Madison Hosino’s three-pointer at the end of regulation gives the Northridge Knights a 49-46 win over the Syracuse Titans

by James Tate

Both teams make first-half runs

Madison Hosino’s three-pointer went through the net as time expired, and the Knights crowd erupted in celebration. Before the thrilling finish, the first half saw the Knights take an early lead of 13-10 in the first quarter. Junior Kaylee Hess was on target for the Knights scoring 10 points in the opening period. Syracuse battled to stay close with sophomore Ariah Hacker’s tough inside rebounding and drawing fouls.

The second quarter started with a three-point basket by Hess to give the Knights a 16-10 lead. Then Titans junior guard Avery Sanders began driving to the basket. Her drives and finding an open teammate gave Syracuse their first lead 18-17 with 1:44 left in the second quarter.

The halftime score had the Titans ahead 23-20.

Buzzer-beaters lift Knights to victory

After scoring two points in the first half Hosino started to heat up for the Knights with seven points in the third quarter. With a minute left in the third quarter, the Titans held a 34-27 lead. Northridge then scored seven straight points. The period ended with their first three-point buzzer-beater by Hess tying the score at 34.

Both teams showed their toughness and grit in the fourth quarter as the game stayed close. With the Titans leading 39-37, Hosino made a three-point shot to put the Knights ahead 40-39 with 5:13 left in the third quarter.

With the score tied at 43, Hosino made her fourth three-pointer of the second half. The score was 46-43 in favor of Northridge with 2:40 left in the game. The Titans played tough defense and caused a Knight turnover. Titans junior Cortnie Barker made a basket to pull the Titans within one point 46-45 with 39 seconds remaining.

Northridge missed their next shot, and the Titans secured the rebound. With 8 seconds left in the game, Northridge fouled Hacker. She missed the first free throw but made the second to tie the score at 46.

Next, Hosino took the inbounds pass, dribbled up the court, pulled up behind the three-point line, and drilled the game-winner with no time left on the clock. Northridge Knights 49 Syracuse Titans 46, a great game by both teams.

Titans miss opportunities at the free throw line

The Titans made only seven of 21 free throws during the game. The Knights used Hess’ hot shooting in the first half, then Hosino’s in the second half for the victory. Hosino led all scorers with 24 points in the game and now has scored over 20 points in three straight games.

Barker led the Titans in scoring with 11 points followed by freshman Olivia Sorenson scoring 10 points.

photo courtesy James Tate of Syracuse Titans Ariah Hacker

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