Kendall Utter gave Washougal an early Christmas gift Monday.
After Hudson’s Bay erased a 14-point lead for the Panthers in the fourth quarter, the Washougal High School senior sank her fifth 3-pointer in the game with less than 20 seconds left on the clock. Sara Brown swished two free throws to insure a 55-51 victory for the Panthers.
Utter finished with a team-leading 21 points in the game. She was lethal from long range, and added several steals to her offensive outburst. Her game-winning 3-pointer seemed to stop time as it found its way through the hoop with thunderous applause.
“I thought for sure that one wasn’t going in. I was terrified,” Utter said. “When I saw it go through, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it.”
Neither could the Washougal fans. They went from shock and silence over the lost lead to jubilation when the Panthers got it back.
“I saw a lot of smiling faces,” Utter said. “I’ll always remember the people who were here supporting us.”