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Examiner
  • Trojans go out with bang in last home game

  • Antonio Johnson and Selena Bedolla each made shots Friday night at St. Mary’s High School that they plan to replay mentally for years to come.

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  • Antonio Johnson and Selena Bedolla each made shots Friday night at St. Mary’s High School that they plan to replay mentally for years to come.
    Johnson capped the St. Mary’s boys 47-41 overtime victory over Sherwood by scoring the last points of the last St. Mary’s home game before the school closes in May. With the Trojans leading 44-41, he banked in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give St. Mary’s a seven-point Crossroads Conference victory in the Trojans’ regular-season finale.
    It wasn’t the shot he had planned to take.
    “It was supposed to be a dunk,” said Johnson, who finished with 16 points. “When I threw it back to my teammate (on the baseline under the St. Mary’s basket before the it was inbounded), they started taking time off the clock, so I just had to shoot it and throw it up there.”
    The victory capped a trio of St. Mary’s-Sherwood matchups. St. Mary’s opened by winning the boys junior varsity game 45-35. The Trojans then lost the girls varsity matchup 54-50 before the down-to-the-wire boys varsity victory.
    Bedolla scored the final points for the Trojans in the final St. Mary’s varsity girls home game. With about three seconds left and Sherwood leading 52-47, she made a two-point basket and was fouled. She then sank the ensuing foul shot to cap the old-school three-point play. Sherwood’s Britney Atkin, who had scored the first points of the game to score her 1,000th career point, then sank two foul shots to finish the scoring.  
    For Bedolla, who finished with 11 points, her free throw felt like a game-winner.
    “When I went to the free throw line, I just cleared everything out of my mind and said, ‘Winning shot, put it in, winning shot put it in,’ ” she said. “(I) stepped up to the line and just put it in. It was probably the most amazing feeling I’ve ever felt.”
    The reason it felt like a game-winning shot to Bedolla was the Trojans “went out with a bang,” she said. Thus, the outcome was “a win in my book,” regardless of the final score.
    For Johnson, a senior transfer student from Imagine Renaissance Academy, helping to win the final St. Mary’s home game felt “nice” because the Trojans won it in a gym packed with alumni, friends and relatives. For Bedollla, Friday felt like a family farewell.
    “I’m here more than I am at home sometimes because of sports,” she said. “I’m definitely going to miss the enviroment, the people that I’ve met and especially this team. We felt more like a family than anything.”
    St. Mary’s girls coach Krista Daniels, a former St. Mary’s player, coaching her final home game at the Catholic school was emotional as she reflected on her time at the school.
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    “After my sister started going here to high school, it was always my dream to play here – and then, to one day coach here,” Daniels said. “In the end, it’s a dream come true.”
    Both varsity still have basketball remaining, as they will start Class 2 District 15 play next week. Both programs will open against Kansas City Lutheran. The girls will play at 8 p.m. Monday. The boys will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Both games will be at Lone Jack High School.

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