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March 2, 2010

Pinkerton posts nine-point comeback in final minute and a half

Astros rally from nine points down in final 1:12

DERRY — Pinkerton senior AJ Guidi's shot was off the mark for much of the first 30 minutes and 48 seconds of yesterday's Class L first-round game against Salem.

Her offensive woes included missing her first five 3-point attempts.

Still, Guidi wasn't timid about tossing up another 3-pointer with her team trailing by nine points with 1:12 remaining.

Her shot sailed in and Pinkerton had new life.

"I was off the whole game and just hitting that shot was kind of a big relief," she said. "After that happened, everything else just started falling for us."

Guidi, who shot 29 percent for the game, caught fire in the final 1:12 — as did the rest of her teammates.

Guidi scored eight points during that time as she led Pinkerton on a 13-0 run to close out the game.

No. 2 Pinkerton prevailed 43-39 over the Blue Devils, who went 0 for 6 from the free throw line in the final 1:06. Katherine Harris called the game one the of the most exciting in which she has ever played.

"Definitely, that was a crazy comeback," she said.

Guidi scored a game-high 18 points thanks to her nine points in the fourth quarter.

"We kept our cool," said Guidi. "We kept our heads and we played defense at the end. I was getting a little frustrated, but I knew that if I couldn't make the shots, someone else could."

After Guidi's 3-pointer, Salem missed a pair of free throws and the ball returned to the Astros. Pinkerton found 5-foot-5 junior Danielle Kimball wide open in the corner. She had not scored all game, but she drilled a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 39-36.

"So much was going through my mind," she said about taking it. "I knew we needed it. I air-balled shortly before that and I was so mad at myself for that. At that point, we knew we needed 3s."

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