LAUREL – Gaje Leischner caught a last-second shot in mid-air and made a reverse lay-up at the buzzer to give Laurel a stunning 49-47 boys basketball win over Livingston Tuesday night.
Paul O’Neil’s half-court heave was short of the basket, but a heads-up Leischner beat everyone to the ball, caught the miss and released it with 0.2 seconds left to give the Locomotives the win. Livingston had a chance to take the lead late, but Brendan Johnson was called for a charge with 2.8 seconds left, paving the way for Leischner’s heroics.
Game winner! #mtscores pic.twitter.com/feLcAjVAem
— Laurel Locomotives (@LocomotivePride) December 19, 2018
Laurel jumped out to an early 12-5 lead after the first quarter, but Livingston climbed within 21-19 at halftime and then took the lead in third quarter until Laurel was able to tie the game late in the fourth.
Freshman Mya Hansen, meanwhile, scored 20 points to lead Laurel’s girls to a 60-38 win in the first game of the doubleheader. Hansen scored 18 of her 20 in the first half, thanks to five made 3-pointers.
Both Laurel teams are back in action Friday at Hardin. The girls play at 6 p.m., with the boys scheduled for 7:30 p.m.