CLASS 5A, DISTRICT 10: Alli Fogle connects with 10 seconds left as Seminole rallies for a 49-46 victory over Boca Ciega.
By JOHN SCHWARB, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2003
SEMINOLE -- The license plate on Alli Fogle's Ford Mustang reads Alli 4-3.
"We were talking about it the other day ... Alli for three, what's that?" Seminole senior Jen Hansen said.
"But you know what? We're not going to say anything anymore."
The sophomore vanity plate owner was "4-3" Saturday night, as in game-winning, district-title-clinching 3-pointer, as Seminole won a thriller 49-46 at home over Boca Ciega in the Class 5A, District 10 final.
The Warhawks never led in the second half until Fogle hit from the top of the key with 10 seconds remaining, capping an amazing fourth-quarter performance that almost never got a chance to happen.
Fogle went out in the first quarter with a concussion, and coach Dave Swanson was prepared to go the rest of the way without her until the team trainer cleared Fogle to return at the start of the fourth quarter.
Back in the game, Fogle hit a 3-pointer with 6 minutes, 27 seconds left to tie the game at 31. But over the next couple of minutes, Bogie maintained the upper hand, leading by as many as five.
Up 40-35 after two free throws from senior Kelcey Roegiers-Jensen with 4:04 left, the Pirates appeared to have the Warhawks on the ropes.
Yet over the next 33 seconds, Hansen came right back with a hard-charging 12-footer from the right side and a jumper to cut the margin to one.
Roegiers-Jensen followed with two more free throws to make it 42-39.
Going the other way, Fogle got a look at a trey from the right side and was fouled by Shawnte Speights. She swished three free throws.
Still, Bogie got the lead back again with 38 seconds when Roegiers-Jensen delivered a perfect inbounds pass to Alison Lester in the lane.
Down 46-44, Seminole went back on offense and for 28 seconds found nothing through the Pirates defense.
"We didn't exactly know what we wanted to do, we just knew we needed two points quick," Hansen said.
Then, almost out of nowhere, Fogle came open up top.
Chelse Patterson delivered the ball.
"I just said to myself, 'I need to come out and help my teammates,' " said Fogle, who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and 16 for the game.
"We weren't about to lose this game."
Roegiers-Jensen scored 23 points to lead Bogie (20-5), which travels to Clearwater for Thursday's region quarterfinals. Seminole (27-2) hosts Pinellas Park.