Gracie Wooden's buzzer-beating layup boosted Beekman to a 29-28 victory over Oak Grove to cap the Lady Tigers' 4-0 run in the Sterlington Team Camp.
It may have only been a team camp, but the Beekman Lady Tigers had a fun time while winning all four games Tuesday and Wednesday at the Sterlington Team Camp.
Gracie Wooden's buzzer-beating layup sent Beekman to an improbable 29-28 victory over Oak Grove in Wednesday's finale, sparking a brief, but heartfelt postgame celebration.
It was the second straight 1-point victory for the Lady Tigers, who edged D'Arbonne Woods 20-19 earlier in the day.
"I know it's just scrimmages, so I'm not going to get too excited, but I was glad to see us win some close games," Beekman coach Alan Murry said.
In Tuesday's action, Beekman defeated Sterlington's junior varsity and Delhi Charter.
Against Oak Grove, Beekman trailed by as many six (21-15) early in the second half, but took a 27-25 lead on Wooden's free throw (free throws count for two points under summer league rules) with 26.2 seconds remaining.
Regaining possession following Kasadee Armfield's steal on the defensive end, the Lady Tigers ran the clock down to 6.5 seconds before turning the ball over.
Inbounding from midcourt, Oak Grove regained the lead on a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left.
After Beekman took a timeout, Wooden hauled in a deep pass from Hannah Irby and exploded to the basket for the game-winning layup.
Wooden tallied 10 points to set the tone offensively for Beekman. Kateland Fulmer tacked on six, Armfield and Tanner Spigner both pitched in four, Irby hit a 3-pointer and Jesci Lord had two.
Murry, who was promoted from assistant to head coach when Caroline Oliphant was hired at Sterlington, was pleasantly surprised by the camp results.
"We've practiced twice this summer," Murry said. "To be honest, I didn't feel like we were prepared to play scrimmage games. I just told them to go out there and play, wing it and figure it out on the fly. We didn't work on any plays with our man-to-man offense. We just went out there and played. I was really pleased with the effort, but that's not unusual — they always play hard."
Preparation-wise, that may not have been the best formula, but it worked this time.
"Caroline did the hard part as far as getting them ready," Murry said. "They play hard and know what they are doing. They've been playing together for a few years, so they know where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to do."
Fulmer's late free throw was the decisive shot of the D'Arbonne Woods game.
"D'Arbonne Woods got after it, but we hung in there and somehow found a way to win," Murry said.
All 13 Lady Tigers saw action in the camp, including Alexis Crumley, Gracie Gilbreath and freshmen Chloe Jenkins, Laila Williams, Karli Fulmer, Cadence Gray and Averyal Goyne.
Although far from perfect, it was an encouraging week for the Lady Tigers.
"If we don't shoot any better, it's going to cost us," Murry said. "I can deal with the missed 3s, but we have to improve on our layups and free throws. That's something I've been harping on."
But Murry wasn't complaining about the results.
"It's better to go 4-0 than 3-1 or 2-2," he said. "We could have easily been 2-2."