Basketball: Rogers girls nip Staples-Motley on 49-48 on 4-point play by Anderson

Taylor Anderson delivered a four-point play with three seconds left, giving Rogers a 49-48 win over Staples-Motley on Tuesday evening in Staples.

The sophomore guard shot from the top of the circle and banked in the 3-point shot. She was fouled and added the free shot.

“With 10 seconds left we set up a play for a three-point shot, and it didn’t pan out,” said coach Karlee Anderson, “but we reversed the ball and got it to Taylor and she got the big one for us.”

Staples-Motley called timeout and inbounded with 2.6 seconds left.

“We pulled out our ‘bigs’ and had all guards on the floor and stayed in front of them,” said Anderson. The Cardinals missed a long desperation shot.

Staples-Motley, 9-4 and ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, had taken a 48-45 lead with 17 seconds left, making a free shot, missing the second, but getting the rebound, and sinking a field goal.

Lindsey Dorr tallied 12 points, Courtney McClay 11, Anderson 10 and Taylor Paulsrud 8 for Rogers (8-5). They made only three 3-pointers and 4-of-6 free shots but got one of each at the end to pull it out.

Jaelin Beachy netted 13 points and Jasmine McGillivray 11 for the Cardinals.

Rogers faces another ranked team, STMA (No. 7 in Class 4A) at home Friday in the conference opener.

Rogers scoring — Taylor Anderson 10, Shelby Darr 4, Taylor Paulsrud 8, Lindsey Dorr 12, Marina Nowak 4, Courtney McClay 11