AUSTIN (ETSN.fm) — Haily Jenkins was not going to be denied. Not for a fourth straight year in the state final. Not by Smyer for the third time. And not after an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
Jenkins' pull-up jumper with 13 seconds remaining capped an improbable fourth-quarter comeback and propelled the No. 1 Martin's Mill Lady Mustangs to a 49-46 win over Smyer in the Class A Division I state championship game Saturday morning at the University of Texas' Frank Erwin Special Events Center.
The game-winning shot hung on the rim for a split-second before dropping in.
"That's fine," said Jenkins, a McNeese State signee who finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. "If it hangs on the rim and goes in, that's perfectly fine."
Jenkins had eight points in the fourth quarter and six during Martin's Mill's 15-2 run in the game's final 3:58, but it was her flair for the dramatic at the end that made all the difference.
"I knew that we needed a bucket, not in a hurry but kind of," said Jenkins, who was named the championship game's Most Outstanding Player. "And so whenever I drove to the middle, I shot and it felt short. It seemed like it took an hour to go in the basket. And then I just knew at that moment, it was game time, it was here."
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