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VIDEO: Fitzpatrick fires in 2 game-winning buzzer-beaters for Blue Raiders, makes ESPN's Sportcenter

Posted 12/20/17

Most high school basketball players go their entire careers without hitting a last-second, game-winning shot.

Blue Raider sophomore standout Kate Fitzpatrick hit two in four days.

On Friday, …

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VIDEO: Fitzpatrick fires in 2 game-winning buzzer-beaters for Blue Raiders, makes ESPN's Sportcenter

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Most high school basketball players go their entire careers without hitting a last-second, game-winning shot.

Blue Raider sophomore standout Kate Fitzpatrick hit two in four days.

And then she made it on ESPN Sportcenter's top 10 plays of the week in women's sports Wednesday.

On Friday, Middletown pulled out a 44-42 win at Milton Hershey when Fitzpatrick hit a three-point jumper from the baseline as time ran down.

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That gave her 22 points on the game. Makaila Nester added 10 points, Jaelynn Keller had 4, Joci Koser 3 and Caroline Gill added 1 point for the Blue Raiders.

It was a close game the entire way, with Middletown’s 14-9 advantage in the second quarter making the difference.

But that shot was routine compared to the game-winner on Monday at home vs. Steelton-Highspire.

With less than a second left and a the ball drifting away from her after receiving a pass along the sideline right in front of her team’s bench, Fitzpatrick turned to her right and fired a one-handed shot-put from three-point range that went right through the basket to seal the 44-41 win over the Rollers. She had 24 points in the game.

“I really wasn't thinking about the shot,” she told the Press & Journal in an email. “I was thinking that we could do this. We had time and we were not giving up.

“My teammates are amazing and they did the work to put me in that position. They are the ones who deserve the credit,” she said. “They worked so hard all game with rebounds and steals. I also didn't want to let them down. We are a team. We win together and we lose together. I couldn't do any of this without them. It's all about teamwork.”

Koser added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Nester had 8 points and three assists, and Keller added 2 points and 9 rebounds. Middletown outscored Steel-High 17-7 in the fourth quarter.

Fitzpatrick this season opened with 19 points against Boiling Springs, followed by 24 vs. Northern Lebanon on Dec. 12 (a 56-42 loss) before scoring 22 vs. Milton Hershey and 24 vs. Steel-High.

Middletown is 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-Penn Capital Division. They play host to East Pennsboro on Wednesday and then play host to Bishop McDevitt on Friday.