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Danielle Cosgrove hits winning shot for Sachem East in quarterfinals

Sachem East's Danielle Cosgrove shoots the game-winning basket

Sachem East's Danielle Cosgrove shoots the game-winning basket against Copiague on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in the Suffolk Class AA quarterfinals. Credit: George A. Faella

Danielle Cosgrove has certainly taken her lumps this season. In fact, just last week the 6-2 eighth grader received a new nickname: "Lumpy."

She ran the wrong way during a ballhandling drill in practice and collided with superstar teammate, Katie Doherty. Cosgrove got back to her feet first, with a golf ball-sized lump over her eye. Doherty remained on the floor in pain.

"In my mind," Sachem East coach Matt Brisson said," I thought, 'That's it, season is over.' "

It wasn't. Doherty was fine minutes later. The season again looked doomed yesterday. But this time, Cosgrove saved the season by hitting something: the game winning shot.

Her jumper with 3.1 seconds left propelled No. 3 Sachem East to a 60-58 win over No. 6 Copiague Tuesday night in the Suffolk Class AA quarterfinals.

"I was not expecting to get the ball, but I did," said Cosgrove, who scored all nine of her points in the second half.

Cosgrove set a screen for Everson and was left wide open at the foul line. Kathleen Everson and Doherty were both covered in the corners and Jordan Pamlanye inbounded to Cosgrove.

With three seconds on the shot clock, Cosgrove fired and the ball trickled around the rim before falling in. It was the team's first lead of the game.

"I was amazed that it went in because I'm a post player," she said. "I don't shoot very much during games."

Doherty scored 30 points, including 18 in the second half as the Flaming Arrows erased a 12-point deficit. Her layup off a steal and feed by Pamlanye tied the score at 54 with 2:13 left.

"Deep down I knew we were going to come back and win," said Doherty, who also grabbed nine rebounds. "Last game ever at Sachem East and I wasn't ready to lose it."

Copiague's Anna Zaborowska hit a jumper to give the Eagles a 58-56 lead with 58.4 seconds to go. But Doherty answered with a layup to even things up with 43.5 seconds left.

Ihnacinse Grady led Copiague (12-7) with 16 points and nine assists. Mikaiya Moore had 15 points and six blocks and Emilyae Ward added 14 points.

Everson had 12 points and seven rebounds for Sachem East (14-6), which advances to play No. 2 Huntington at 3 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals.

After the winning shot, Doherty offered to help Cosgrove shed the unflattering nickname that derived from their collision.

"From now on," Doherty said, "her nickname is, 'Clutch.'"


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