Bonnabel’s Andriel Moss followed her own missed shot with a buzzer-beating, put-back field goal to give the Bruins a stunning 38-37 upset over Chalmette in a girls basketball game at Bonnabel on Thursday.
It was the first District 8 5-A loss for the Owls, ranked No. 7 in the New Orleans Advocate’s Super 10. Chalmette (18-4, 8-1) also had its six-game win streak snapped.
Chalmette had a 37-35 lead and the ball inbounds under the Bonnabel basket with 17.2 seconds remaining. After the inbounds pass, the Bruins’ Shameka Williams stole the ball and got it to Moss near the right junction of the free throw line and circle of the key.
Moss moved in put up a running one-hander. It missed, and she grabbed the rebound.
“All I could think about was get the ball,” Moss said. “I knew there wasn’t much time left, and I knew I had to put it up quickly.
“This is such a great feeling,” the senior said. “I will definitely remember this game. (Chalmette) is such a good team.”
Moss scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but it was her defensive presence that played an even bigger role.
Chalmette defeated Bonnabel (11-5, 5-4) 67-41 in their first meeting. Bruins coach Lee MacAlester had seen enough in that game after the Owls torrid shooting ransacked his 2-3 zone.
Bonnabel surprised Chalmette with a 1-2-2 defense, and it disrupted the Owls’ offensive continuity. Bonnabel had deployed the set only once before.
“We used it a little once before,” MacAlester said. “(Chalmette) killed us from the top of the key and the wings last game. They shot lights out.
“We put (the 1-2-2) in specifically for them. We worked on it for 90 minutes Tuesday. I didn’t know how long we would use it. It continued to give them trouble so I stuck with it.”
The lanky Moss played the point of the 1-2-2.
“(Point guard Deja Bunch) killed us last game with her shots and drives,” Moss said. “We had to stop that.”
Bunch, who began the game with eight first-quarter points, finished with 12.
MacAlester made one other change that played “huge” dividends. He inserted junior Irrianne Jones to play the defensive baseline. Normally a regular on the junior varsity, Jones grabbed 11 rebounds and was a force defensively.
“I love playing this defense,” Jones said. “Coach told me ‘Rebound. Rebound. Be active. This is my first time playing varsity.Praise God, this is hard to believe.”
MacAlester said Jones’ play “was huge. When they went man (defense), I put her in for Quinosha (Clark). Quinosha is a good shooter, trouble for a zone. Jones is a very active and a good rebounder.”
Guard Triesha Jackson scored 11 points for Bonnabel.
“This is an important win for us,” MacAlester said. “We were ranked 32nd (in the unofficial LHSAA power rankings). This will help us for the playoffs.”