CHARLESTON, S.C. – It was going to take a prayer. Burke High School head girl’s basketball coach Wayne Alston knew it. His team trailed Estill 45-43 with less than 8 seconds to play and the Fighting Gators inbounding the ball at half court.
Alston needed his team to force a turnover, and then force a prayer. From there, it was up to the Basketball Gods. Of course, his team had to steal the ball first.
As the play unfolded, Alston couldn’t believe his eyes. Estill’s Tykeria Jackson threw a pass too tall for a teammate. Karimah Jenkins, Burke’s leading scorer, ended up with the ball in her hands.
With three seconds left on the clock, Jenkins took a couple of dribbles and threw up a prayer. Swish. Prayers answered. Burke wins 46-45.
60 seconds after making the shot of her life, News 2 asked Jenkins if she believed her miracle shot would go in. Her response was simple, but honest- “No,” replied Jenkins. She scored 23 points, but her last three were without a doubt the biggest she’s scored all season.
“We told them from the beginning, as long as we play hard to the very end then we are going to come out victorious,” said Alston after the game.
The Lady Bulldogs advance to play Timmonsville in the lower state final on Saturday, February 27 at 11am in the Florence Civic Center. The winner advances to the Class A final on March 5 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.