Indian River guard Yasmine Brown (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Yasmine Brown lifts Indian River with a shot in the final second
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Thursday night’s game between Indian River and Oscar Smith literally went down to the final second.
With 1.8 seconds left in the game, Braves freshman guard Yasmine Brown his the game winner for Indian River. The shot from just inside the top of the key helped the Braves finish the regular season sweep of Oscar Smith. Brown finished the night with 23 points, three rebounds, two assists and five steals.
“No matter how much I fell, got hurt, or whatever, you had to think about that afterwards. We had to finish the game strong,” Yasmine explained. “It feels great. It looked a little iffy at first. I had a technical. I had four fouls. We didn’t know how it was going to end. I was glad I could finish it out good.”
You can see her game winning shot at 1:00 in the video interview/highlight package below:
Brown explained the sequence: “They left the middle open because they were focused on Ajanee (Robinson). I stepped to the middle, waiting for the ball. She passes it. Hands up, I pray. Shoot the ball, It goes in.”
The shot was just that simple.
“We didn’t play our best game. Our defense came through at the end,” said Robinson. “Oscar Smith is our rival. Any time we play Oscar Smith, we want that win.”
The win was especially sweet after losses to King’s Fork and Western Branch. Missed free throws and missed opportunities doomed the Braves in those losses. The win against Oscar Smith was a bit of redemption.
Robinson added 18 points, four rebounds, six assists and five steals for Indian River.
Oscar Smith was led by Taniya Jackson’s 14 points and DeAizsha Reid contributed ten points in the effort.
– Andy Hilton