With her team trailing the three-time defending state champions and in need of a foul to stop the clock, American Heritage's Raigyne Moncrief forgot what her coaches had told her earlier.
She followed her instincts, committed the foul and then realized she'd spend the final minute of her high school career on the bench.
Moncrief, one of the most decorated girls basketball players in Patriots history, had fouled out in an effort to try and help her team.
As she walked back to the bench in tears, she was comforted by teammates and coaches. In the stands, Patriot fans who traveled to Dillard for Tuesday night's regional semifinal clapped in appreciation.
Moncrief may not have been able to lead her team to a victory over the Panthers on this night, but there's little doubt her impact on the Heritage basketball program won't be forgotten any time soon.
The LSU signee topped the 1,500-point mark in her career. She was a two-time pre-season Fab 5 selection, a previous Sun Sentinel Player of the Year, and a first-team All-County selection.
As a freshman, she helped lead Heritage to its first state-tournament berth. Tuesday night, Patriots coach Natasha Kossenko talked about the legacy Moncrief will leave at Heritage.
"She's absolutely special. Absolutely," Kossenko said. "I want to say she came really close to the 1,600-point mark. She's a great kid. If people knew that, more than anything, that's what she is. A great kid and a great student. She's done a lot for this program. I think we were on the state map, but she helped push us up there and hang with a powerhouse like Dillard. I look forward to seeing what she can do at LSU and beyond. I'm extremely proud of her."
For Moncrief, the next step is a college career at Louisiana State. And through her disappointment after Dillard's 67-53 regional semifinal win, she reflected on her career and how her time at Heritage has prepared her for the next level.
"I love this program. I love the coaches," she said. "I loved my four years here. I was able to do some successful things and the school..we had a lot of supportive fans, and the school raises you up and makes you into a good person, a good academic, and athletic person."
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