Shockley beats buzzer, PC North on senior night

Tori Shockley Three

By Kyle Salomon,

Senior guard Tori Shockley’s heroics saved the day in the 58-57 victory for the Bronco girls on senior night against Putnam City North.

With one second remaining on the clock in the fourth period, Mustang had the ball trailing by one point. They were inbounding the ball right in front of their bench.

Four Mustang players stood in a straight line close to the foul stripe when the whistle sounded. Three of the four players moved suddenly, but Shockley paused for a second. The senior sharp-shooter then made one hard step toward fellow senior Laci Joyner, who was inbounding the ball. Joyner hit Shockley in stride with a bullet pass and with PC North players crashing down on her, Shockley turned around and put up a shot.

The entire gymnasium was dead silent for several seconds waiting for the ball to come down. The shot was good and Mustang won the game by one point on a desperation shot from a senior on senior night.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Shockley said. “It hasn’t even set in yet. When it left my hand, I thought there was no way it was going in, so when it did, I couldn’t believe it. I’m really glad we were able to get this win tonight.”

Senior center Brooke Irwin led the way with a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the game.

Junior guard Madison Maxwell also had 15 points for Mustang, and Shockley finished the game with 13 points.

The Broncos overcame a halftime deficit of nine points and an eight-point deficit heading into the fourth period to get their ninth win of the season.

Mustang finished the game with 33 rebounds. They committed 34 turnovers in the game and forced 19. MHS made 13 out of 18 free throws on the night.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “I am so happy for the seniors, especially Tori (Shockley) for going out like that at home.”