Alexis Fotopoulos refuses to toe the line.
She prefers taking deep three-point shots because defenders don't pressure her that far off the line. After Saturday's game, she was asked to walk to the spot where she heaved the go-ahead three. "It was here, right?" she said.
How many feet off the line is it? "I don't know," she replied with a laugh. "This is usual for me."
Fotopoulos drained a three from 6 feet behind the line with 39.5 seconds remaining to propel top-seeded Hampton Bays to a 47-42 win over No. 2 Babylon in the Suffolk Class B girls basketball final at St. Joseph's College. The Baymen captured their second consecutive county championship.
"Right when it left my hand, I knew it was going in," Fotopoulos said. "It's a sense of accomplishment to win two straight. There's no other feeling like it."
Shayne Antolini sent a bounce pass through traffic to cutting Shannon Hartigan, who laid it in to give Babylon a 42-39 lead with 1:29 remaining.
Fotopoulos, who scored 11 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, hoisted a three seconds later -- deep, but not quite as far as the one she hit shortly after -- to even the score at 42. On the next possession, she pulled up on the right wing and fired from about 26 feet, hitting all net.
Mary Kelly Hilton also hit threes on consecutive possessions earlier in the fourth to give Hampton Bays a 39-38 lead with 2:39 left.
Emily Guerra had 18 points and Kristen Altieri added 11 to lead Babylon (14-6), which was looking for its first county title.
Hannah Reed scored all 14 of her points in the first half for Hampton Bays (18-2), including four three-pointers in the first quarter.
"We had a desire to get consecutive victories and prove that we could do this," Reed said. "We really wanted this one."
Let's find out what Fotopoulos' teammates were thinking as she squared up to shoot that long three.
"Most people would be a little worried," Hilton said. "But I wasn't, because I know Alexis."
"I was just looking at the rim," Reed said, "and I was like, 'Please go in!' "
"That's her signature move, to shoot from half-court," Alex Maitland-Ward said. "Well, maybe not half court."
She has to draw the line somewhere.