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GIRLS BASKETBALL: This time, Troy beats the buzzer vs. Adams WITH TOUT VIDEOS

  • Troy's #25 Syndney Heath goes up for a shot while guarded by Rochester Adams #5 Ryian Owusu during their game at Troy High School, Thursday February 13, 2014. Troy went on to win 40-38. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
  • Troy's #10 Maggie Bohr and Rochester Adams #11 Jenny Rosonke go after a loose ball during their game at Troy High School, Thursday February 13, 2014. Troy went on to win 40-38. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
  • Rochester Adams #11 Jenny Rosonke looks for a teammate to pass to while guarded by Troy's #11 Rachel Grecky during their game at Troy High School, Thursday February 13, 2014. Troy went on to win 40-38. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
  • Rochester Adams #12 Amber Jamison drives to the basket past Troy's #25 Sydney Heath during their game at Troy High School, Thursday February 13, 2014. Troy went on to win 40-38. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
  • Troy's #10 Maggie Bohr and #21 Sally Muller battle for possession with Rochester Adams #10 Hannah Grieb (left) during their game at Troy High School, Thursday February 13, 2014. Troy went on to win 40-38. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
TROY — Same scenario, different result.

The first time Rochester Adams and Troy met, after the Highlanders fought back from a late deficit to take a slim lead, Nicole Niemiec had a chance to win the game, but her buzzer-beater — which went in — didn’t beat the buzzer.

This time, Rachel Grecky was sure she beat the buzzer. She just wasn’t sure it was going to go in.

It did, banked in off the backboard, giving the Colts a 40-38 win over the Highlanders, handing the visitors their first loss in Oakland Activities Association White Division play.

“I just saw Z (Rachael Zelmanski) coming down, and it was the same setup ... and I just threw it up,” Grecky said. “Once I shot it, I knew it wasn’t going to be a swish. But I had hope, and when it went in, it was just the greatest feeling. ... There’s not a feeling quite like it in basketball.”

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For the Colts (14-3, 10-2 OAA White), it means their league championship hopes stay alive another night. The Highlanders (15-2, 11-1) can still clinch a share if they beat either Rochester or Lake Orion, and win it outright if they win both.

“We control our own destiny, and that was kind of the motto all year, to put ourselves in position for the last week of the season, to try to win a championship. We’ve lost the two in row this week, but it’s OK. We’re playing hard, we’re playing together,” said Adams coach Fran Scislowicz, whose team was knocked from the ranks of the unbeatens by Stoney Creek on Tuesday, keeping the Highlanders from running the table in the regular season.

“My first two years, we went 20-0, way back in ‘91-’92. It’s not fun as a coach, the stress level, then you get to the districts, regionals, quarterfinals. When we got beat by Stoney, that wasn’t the end of the world, at all.”

Nor was Thursday’s buzzer-beating loss, considering the Highlanders had essentially a one-game cushion to play with in the league race.

“We know that the girls were excited about getting an opportunity to play Adams again, because of what happened the first time. We can’t get caught looking ahead, so we’re just going to continue to keep taking it one game at a time. We’re really not going to look at the standings, we’re going to take care of business our last three games, hopefully. At the end of the day, if we’re there with them, fantastic,” said Troy coach Simon Bato, who was unsurprised the game came down to a last-second shot again.

“It’s been so close in the White. Sometimes you just catch the breaks, right?”

The Colts, who’d led by seven at the half, got three key buckets in the back-and-forth fourth quarter from Sally Muller. One tied it, one gave the Colts a lead, and the third gave them a four-point lead with 1:20 to go. They deserved catching a break, though, after turning the ball over three times in the game’s final 80 seconds, allowing the Highlanders to claw back, and take a lead.

“No, we didn’t feel comfortable. Adams is such a great team, you really have to wait it out until that clock says zero, before you can celebrate anything,” Bato said. “And our girls knew that, because of the first time.”

Raiven Owusu hit a pair of free throws with 59 seconds left to make it a one-possession game, then Amber Jamison split a pair 14 seconds later to make it a one-point game, 37-36. Owusu’s little sister, Ryian, then nailed a go-ahead jumper with 4.2 seconds left, putting the Highlanders ahead, 38-37.

“We knew it wasn’t over, but we felt pretty comfortable, with Ryian hitting that shot. If that misses, it clanks around, there’s no rebound, and the game’s over,” Scislowicz said. “We were just trying to figure out what we wanted to try to do. We didn’t quite execute it, obviously. But they executed what they needed to.”

That was just enough time for the Colts to push the ball up the court — just like they had the first time.

““Last time, it came off a missed free throw; I was out of timeouts, in overtime. We basically said, push, find the open girl, and basically just be a basketball player. But the girls executed tonight,” Bato said.

“Our girls hung in there. We talked about it’s a game of runs, you faced a little bit of adversity throughout the game. When Ryian hit that shot, we had our backs against the wall a little bit. We had a little over four seconds to go. Credit the girls. They went out there and executed.”

They did that.

Grecky may have known she got the shot off, but her coach still wanted to make sure.

“My first reaction was to look over at the official. Saw those hands go up, and then celebrate, because we got burned by that the first time,” Bato said. “For a second there, it was like pandemonium. Everybody was jumping around. Went out there for a little bit with the girls, then the students came in. I found my coaches, and just kind of congratulated them. It was nice just to see smiles on the girls faces.”

Jamison finished with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, adding four blocks and two steals. Zelmanski had 13 to lead the Colts.

Email Matthew B. Mowery at matt.mowery@oakpress.com.

Last Updated: 2/17/2014 7:49:50 PM EST

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