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Kristina Kim's free throws give Friends small school title

Friends Academy's Kristina Kim gets the layup while

Friends Academy's Kristina Kim gets the layup while Oyster Bay's Christina Testa defends during the Nassau girls basketball Class BC final against Friends Academy on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Kristina Kim just needed a little time to get back on her feet.

She tripped while fighting through a screen on defense and fell to the floor, allowing a wide open go-ahead three-pointer with 22.9 seconds left.

But she wasn't down for long. Kim received the inbounds pass, bolted down court and was fouled on a layup attempt. She sank two free throws with 17.6 seconds remaining to give Friends Academy a 58-57 win over Oyster Bay Saturday in the Nassau Small School Championship at LIU Post.

"It was a bit like redemption," said Kim, who had 13 points. "As a captain and a senior, this season means so much to me, so I wanted to do as much as I could to help the team."

Off an inbounds play with 6.7 seconds left, Oyster Bay's Faith Smith drove the lane and collided with a defender on the shot attempt but no call was made and Friends escaped with the win.

Lindsay O'Sullivan scored 28 of her 31 points through three quarters to help the Quakers take a comfortable lead into the fourth.

But Oyster Bay's Gianna Gotti drained a pair of threes within 16 seconds to take a 57-56 lead, erasing an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Gotti and Smith each had 15 points and Hannah Kaiser added 10 for Oyster Bay (14-5), which plays Hampton Bays in the Long Island Class B championship Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's.

Rose Mangiarotti scored nine points for Friends Academy (16-2), which will take on Pierson for the Long Island Class C championship at 4 p.m.

"This was a good run for us," O'Sullivan said. "We got our kinks out of the way and we were able to pull through. We showed what we can do."

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