Werle’s last-minute score clinches girls all-star win

Paige Smith (left) and Karson Werle display their medals after last Saturday’s Lions District 26-M5 girls all-star basketball game at Lafayette County High School in Higginsville. Smith and Werle, who graduated in May from Orrick, helped the Purple Team edge the Gold Team 59-57. (Photo by Shawn Roney/For the Richmond News)

By Shawn Roney/For the Richmond News

Karson Werle couldn’t believe it.

Playing for the Purple Team in the Lions District 26-M5 girls all-star basketball game last Saturday evening at Lafayette County High School, Werle got the ball at the top of the 3-point arc with less than 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the Purple Team trailing the Gold Team 57-56.

The 2018 Orrick High School graduate let a shot fly. The ball “kind of went around and around” the hoop, as she recalled.

Then, to her surprise, it went into the basket.

“I was, like, ‘Oh, my goodness,’ ” she said.

By making the shot, Werle helped the Purple Team pull off a 59-57 win.

“I was really shocked,” she said.

Werle wasn’t the only Ray County resident who contributed a fourth-quarter trey to the Purple Team’s comeback victory. Trailing 38-37 after three quarters, the Purple Team opened the fourth quarter with an 11-4 run. That run included a 3-pointer from Lacey Logsdon, who graduated in May from Hardin-Central.

The complete version of this story appears in the Tuesday, June 12, edition of the Richmond News.

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