With the clock ticking down on the 3rd quarter in a tight game between Washington and St. Joe, Panther junior Troy Franklin picked up a loose ball from his own free thrown line, chucked it 70 feet and watched it sink in.
It was unquestionably the shot of the year.
More importantly, it gave Washington huge momentum heading into the 4th quarter as the Panthers beat St. Joe 55-49 to take over 1st place in the Northern Indiana Conference.
Kennis White led the way for the Panthers with 20 points.
Washington avenges a loss in the NIC Holiday Tournament's championship game with the win.
Washington improves to 5-1 in the NIC and is now tied with Riley for first in the conference standings. St. Joe drops to 2nd at 5-2.
Riley moved into a tie for first with a huge win of its own.
The Wildcats needed overtime, but they took down Clay on the road 68-63 to join the Panthers at the top of the NIC with a 5-1 league record.
The game was tied after the 1st quarter at 11 and saw Clay lead at the half by two.
Riley and Washington meet next Thursday night.
In the Northeast Corner Conference, Westview picked up its 14th straight win 59-33 over West Noble.
Taylor Aspy led the way with 21 points.
The Warriors are now 15-1 on the season and are undefeated in conference play.
Westview swept the doubleheader.
In the girls game, first place was on the line in the conference.
Tiffany Fisher scored 23 points as the Lady Warriors prevailed 45-39 to improve to 10-0 in the NCC.
The Lady Chargers dropped to 8-2 in the league.