High School Hysteria Blog
LAKELAND -- With five seconds remaining and the game tied at 56 in the Class 8A State Championship, Wellington put the ball in the hands of sophomore point guard Trent Frazier.
Off an in-bounds pass, Frazier drove toward the hoop and drew a foul call with .4 seconds remaining, sending him to the free throw line for two shots. After Hagerty used a timeout to try and ice him, Frazier stepped to the line and calmly buried the first shot to propel Wellington to its first ever basketball State Championship.
"Coach put the ball in my hand for the last shot because he knew if I got fouled, I'd knock them down," said Frazier. "I was really nervous, but that's why I shoot 100 free throws a day. I get really confident at it, so I box all the sound out, take my time and knock them down."
Frazier intentionally missed the second free throw, but Hagerty was unable to get a shot off as time expired. Frazier finished the game with 13 points and 8 assists.
"I had the ultimate confidence in him," said Wellington head coach Matt Colin of Frazier. "Big time players make big time plays and that's what Trent is."
While Frazier sank the game-winning bucket, the Wolverines received major contributions from their other four starters, all of whom are juniors. Alex Dieudonne led Wellington with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Lester Gates added 10 points, while Ethan Bureau and Aaron Kwiatek each scored 8 points.
"It's exciting," said Dieudonne. "I feel like all our hard work has paid off. We're going to be remembered for a long time at Wellington, we get the first State banner and I can't wait to show everybody."
The victory capped off what's been an incredible run by the Wolverines. While the team opened the year just 2-2, with both losses coming by double digits, Wellington caught fire afterward. In its next 28 games, the Wolverines went 27-1, en route to the State Championship.
"This is the greatest feeling ever," said Colin. "It's just so much fun. I'm so proud of the kids, I'm so proud of the effort, just how hard they worked all year long."
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