“You’ve got to give it up to Saugus,” said Hart coach Terra Palmer. “They’ve gotten better every year (under Conn). The past few years this game hasn’t been that close but they gave us two great games this year.” A crowd at Saugus (19-7, 5-5 Foothill League), which was nearly filled to capacity in anticipation of the boys game to determine the Foothill League title, chanted “M-V-P” as McMahan went to the free-throw line to close out the win. “I wasn’t even really worried about hitting the free throws,” McMahan said. “We were already going to win and I was just so excited. It was a pretty crazy moment. MORE: Hart boys hoops wins outright Foothill League title with victory over Saugus Saugus opened the game on a 13-5 run but the Indians chased that by halftime, carrying a 28-27 lead. Hart (14-13, 5-5) was still without top post contributor Trudy Larkins due to injury and were without leading scorer Annie Christofferson for the fourth quarter Friday due to an injury as well. Christofferson still led the Indians with 15 points. Monique Febles was second on Saugus with 11 points and Reagan McKeaver was second on Hart with eight points. Despite the loss, Palmer was still confident in Hart’s chances to earn an at-large bid in Division 2A. They Indians had made appearances in the Division 2A poll throughout the season.
Libbie McMahan drains this 3 to put Saugus up 42-41, 3:09 4Q. pic.twitter.com/NXpPbRJlBv— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) February 10, 2018