One week, Liz Giromini was playing a key role in the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team's run to a first-ever state Class AA championship. And a couple of weeks later, she brought her magic to the basketball court.
Giromini sank a shot from near half-court as the buzzer sounded in Friday night's opening round of the Bill Middleton Tip-Off Tournament, giving the Bees a 39-37 victory over Rome Free Academy, and B'ville would go on to fight past West Genesee 42-38 in Saturday's final.
B'ville, who went 9-10 a season ago, is still a youthful squad. Head coach Kathy Morse has just one senior on her roster, and her five starters include four juniors - Giromini, Claire Monnat, Maggie Monnat and Drey Moore - plus sophomore Gabi Jordan.
Together, they went after RFA, but it proved quite a battle. Tied 9-9 after one period, Bv'ille watched as the Black Knights inch out in front in the game's middle stages and take a 34-28 lead into the final period.
Only here did the Bees' depth and relentless defensive pressure start to make a serious impact, as RFA managed just three points in those last eight minutes. Yet it nearly proved enough - until Giromini, who already had 10 points, saved the night.
With less than 10 seconds left, the Black Knights, up 37-36, missed a free throw, and Maggie Monnat chased down the rebound in the corner of the court. She had enough time to pass it to Jones, who threw it to Giromini.
All Giromini could do, with the clock running close to zero, was shoot from near the half-court line. It swished, and Giromini had won the game, mobbed by her teammates as B'ville moved on to the finals.
Less than 16 hours later, the Bees were facing West Genesee, who had far less drama defeating Henninger 48-28 in a first-round game where it led 18-2 after one quarter and cruised the rest of the way.