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LIVINGSTON MANOR’S JEN Taggart, left, and Eldred’s Lauren Timan both reach for the basketball in Monday night’s tournament championship game. In the background are Eldred’s Jessica Cherry (24), Manor’s Charlene Vail and Eldred’s Jenn Gutman (11).

Manor Wins
Exciting Game

By Rob Potter
ELDRED — December 13, 2002 – Monday night’s contest between the Livingston Manor Lady Wildcats and Eldred Lady Yellowjackets featured the kind of last minute excitement usually reserved for late season playoff games.
Manor junior Charlene Vail sunk a baseline jump shot as the buzzer sounded, giving the Lady Wildcats a 36-34 win in the championship game of the Eldred Tournament.
At the 30 second mark, Eldred’s Jenny Haas banked in a three-point shot to knot the score at 34 apiece, which brought some of the Lady Yellowjacket fans to their feet. Manor Coach Andy Taggart then quickly called a timeout to set up a final play.
After letting the seconds tick away, the Lady Wildcats passed the ball around and it ended up in Vail’s hands.
When asked if that was the way the play was drawn up during that timeout, Vail answered simply “yes.”
Was she sure the shot was going through the net when she released the ball?
“No, I didn’t think so,” Vail said.
“But I’m very glad it did,” she added with a smile.
The win boosted Manor’s record to 3-1 on the young season, while Eldred fell to 1-3.
“That’s where she was supposed to be [on the court],” Taggart said of Vail’s buzzer-beater. “Charlene was there and she was able to take the shot. Our girls came back after they made that 3-point shot.”
Vail finished the game with a team-high 13 points and was named the MVP of the tournament.
“There’s not much you can do when you get beat at the buzzer like that,” Eldred Coach Frank Kean said. “She took the shot and made it. She deserves all the credit.”
Despite the loss, Kean remains optimistic in regards to the upcoming league season.
“The girls are coming along,” he explained. “They are working hard and improving. In our division we should be a tough match for everyone.”
Lauren Timan was the high scorer for the Lady Yellowjackets, netting 12 points in the contest.
In the tournament’s consolation game Monday afternoon, Chapel Field defeated The Family School, 38-14.
Named to the all-tournament team along with Vail were The Family School’s Lauren Blythe, Eldred’s Jessica Cherry, Chapel Field’s Stacy Kuperus and Manor’s Jen Taggart.

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