Daisha Henson, a freshman guard on Louisa County’s junior varsity girls basketball team, has no lack of confidence in her shot. Don’t believe it? Just ask her coach, Susie Farmer.
“She’s always telling me, ‘Coach, I can shoot the three. I can shoot the three. I can get it,’” Farmer said.
But with Henson normally playing a backup role for the team, three point shots have been few and far between. So far this season, Henson has only attempted five. On Friday night, with the clock winding down in a double overtime thriller versus archrival Orange County, Henson took her most recent three-point attempt of the year, and she made it count.
Henson’s shot swished through the hoop with 10 seconds left to lift Louisa to a 53-50 victory over the Fighting Hornets.
The saga was deadlocked for a majority of the action. At halftime, the Lady Lions led by just one, 16-15. The teams spent the last minute and a half of regulation tied at 37, with DaNikqua Marshall just missing a short jumper before the buzzer. Having squandered a seven-point lead going into the final quarter, the Lady Lions managed to keep their composure heading into the extra period, which Farmer credited as a convenient display of short-term memory loss.
“We just focus on one quarter at a time,” Farmer said. “We play to the end, and that’s what we’ve been doing all year long, no matter what. Whether it’s overtime or regular quarters, we just keep playing.”
And play they did. Louisa fell behind 42-40 in the first overtime, but forced Orange into a turnover with 17 seconds left. After a Louisa timeout, Lady Lions guard Taylor Robinson executed a perfect backdoor cut for a layup with six seconds left to force another overtime.
From there, Henson took over the spotlight. Henson hit two clutch free throws to give Louisa a 50-49 lead with a minute remaining, and then sank her long-distance shot from the right side of the arc to send Louisa home winners and the normally-reserved Farmer jumping on the sidelines.
To red the entire story, see the Jan. 30 edition of The Central Virginian.