Teams that go far in the playoffs need to come through in the clutch, and the No. 6-seeded Susan Wagner girls' basketball team has proven it can do just that.
After trailing for almost the whole second half Wednesday at home, Falcons' guard Kanayah Britt nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with 40 seconds left to down No. 12 Grand Street Campus, 68-63, in the first round of the PSAL AA playoffs.
"They've been clutch all year against good teams we've never quit," said coach Tom Rizzo. "We've played some top notch teams and we didn't win every game, but we knew that to compete in the next level you have to be the kind of player that is motivated to bring everything you got.
"We kept attacking and we were able to get them in some foul trouble and we came out on top at the end, but it was anybody's game."
SW is set to face No. 3 Summit Academy Sunday in the quarterfinals at York College at 1 p.m. The Falcons beat them earlier in the season.
"Summit's not handing us anything and neither is any other team we're going to see," said Rizzo. "We'll get back to work and keep hopefully moving forward, but we have a long road ahead of us and it's not going to be easy."
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Heather Caroccia gets the honor for being SW's leading scorer with 17 points and hit some clutch free throws in the final minute of the game.
"Heather has been coming off the bench for us all season," said Rizzo. "She's our spark. Tonight it was Heather sometimes it's going to be someone else, but she's been very smooth for us, she wanted it, she showed it and I'm very proud of her."
The Falcons held a 30-28 lead heading into halftime, but lost it quick in the third quarter. SW trailed 51-45 going into the fourth quarter and took its first lead when Britt came through at the end of the game with a three-pointer to take the lead.
"My team really moved the ball around and I got open," said Britt. "They freed me up so I can hit the three and we played good defense."
Britt finished the game with 13 points.
Denise Priolo scored 12 points, including two three-pointers for the Falcons, and Kayla Trembone chipped in with nine points ... Maia Fawcett scored 24 points for Grand Street Campus.