Jan. 29, 2014 — West Carter junior Lexie Berry had struggled most of the game against Menifee County on Thursday in the semifinals of the All “A” Classic.
But with just 3.4 seconds left on the clock, all of that was out of her mind as she received an inbounds pass from Madison Hanshaw and hit a buzzer-beating layup to give the Lady Comets a 58-56 win over the Lady Wildcats.
“We’re going to set a screen for (Morgan Berry, her seventh grade sister),” Lexie said. “I was going to roll but it did not work.”
“I got the ball and did what I needed to do for my team.”
She missed 10 out of her 11 shots before hitting the biggest shot of the game for West. None of that mattered because she put her team back in the Championship game of the small schools tournament for the third time in the past four seasons.
Lexie might have had the big shot to win the game, but her sister, Morgan shined with a 29 point, seven rebounds and eight steals performance to spark the Lady Comets.
West Carter had to rally from 12 points down and a 30-point performance by Menifee sophomore Ashton Woodard. After a 28 point fourth quarter performance by the Lady Comets brought the home crowd’s excitement to a roar.
In the final minute, Morgan went to the free throw line and could not connect on two freebies. After getting the ball back, big sister Lexie was fouled with six seconds to go with her team down two.
She would hit both of them, despite her nerves from rallying from a 13 point deficit.
“I was shaking and I’ve never been more nervous (at the line) than any time in my life,” Lexie said.
“Whenever I wasn’t hitting my free throws, I was extremely nervous,” Morgan said. “But when Lexie stepped up, I had confidence in my sister to knock them down.”