When Robinson's girls are in dire need of a basket, the Rams will always look first to Heather Phillips. Last night at Lake Braddock that situation arose.
Trailing by 52-51 with nine seconds left, Robinson set up for the final shot. Lake Braddock knew exactly who was going to get the ball. But the Bruins couldn't stop Phillips, who received a pass from Karen Sheehan, spun and sank a 14-foot jumper with one second remaining, giving Robinson a 53-52 Northern District victory.
"The plan was to get the ball to me and for me to take it to the hoop," said Phillips, who finished with 12 points to back Sheehan's team-high 17. "I knew I had to put it up quickly because we didn't have much time left and that it had to go."
"We knew who they were going to go to," said Stefanie Teter (nine points). "We wanted to keep it out of Phillips's hands. We just didn't want to foul. And once the play started we all got excited. Once Heather got the ball we wanted to try to contain her without fouling her, but it all happened so quickly and she got off the shot."
No. 19 Lake Braddock (9-4, 4-2 district) had taken a 48-47 lead with 2:27 left on a Vanessa Turner (14 points) free throw. Jennifer Beauchamp's layup gave the No. 3 Rams (12-2, 5-1) a 49-48 lead with 2:04 left. After Lauren Reitwiesner (game-high 22 points) converted two foul shots to give Lake Braddock a 50-49 lead with 1:21 left, Robinson again answered as Phillips sank a short jumper with 27 seconds remaining, giving the Rams a 51-50 edge.
Lake Braddock immediately called time out. The Bruins set up a play for Reitwiesner, who was fouled by Susie Metzger with nine seconds left. Reitwiesner hit both foul shots and Lake Braddock led, 52-51, setting up Phillips's finish.
The Bruins had one second remaining to go the length of the court but Teter, who took the inbounds pass, couldn't get a shot off in time.
"This is a really big win for us," said Phillips. "I think Lake Braddock is a great team. They just don't get enough credit."