Barstow sophomore Jeriah Horne heard the referee’s whistle, but he casually flipped the ball toward the hoop anyway, sort of an afterthought from three steps behind the three-point line. The shot rolled around the rim twice, then fell through the hoop — all for nothing after the play had stopped.
On the ensuing inbounds play, though, Horne repeated the feat from a step farther behind the arc. This time it counted as the third-quarter buzzer sounded.
That kind of night.
Horne poured in a game-high 38 points, lifting Barstow to a 71-59 home victory on Friday against Summit Christian Academy.
“It just felt good all night,” Horne said. “It was one of those games where when it’s falling, it’s falling. As soon as I hit one shot, I wanted the next one. My teammates just kept giving it to me, so you have to credit them.”
And with good reason. After scoring only one point in the first quarter, Horne scored 30 over the next two, helping Barstow flip a one-point deficit into a nine-point lead against a Crossroads League foe.
Barstow improved to 14-2 on the season, while Summit Christian fell to 13-4.
“We wanted to show that we can compete with the best out here,” Horne said. “When we play our best and trust our teammates, nobody is going to beat us on our home floor.”
Summit Christian gave its best try behind senior point guard Taurin Hughes, who matched his season average with 26 points while trying to trade baskets with Horne.
The Eagles led after a frantic first quarter. And after falling behind in the second half, they nearly pulled even once again. Eagles senior Donovan Kim converted back-to-back three-point plays midway through the third quarter, cutting Barstow’s lead to 36-35 with 2:20 remaining.
Horne, however, responded, just as he did all night. He scored eight points to close out the quarter.Barstow girls 37, Summit Christian 34
Barstow held off a late rally from Summit Christian and escaped with a three-point home win.
Summit Christian senior Brooke Jacobson made back-to-back layups with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter that cut Barstow’s lead to one point — after the Eagles had trailed by 11 points earlier in the second half.
But Barstow made 10 of 14 free throws in the final quarter and was able to hold on for the victory. Jacobson scored a game-high 15 points, eight of them in the fourth quarter.
Hannah Lentell led Barstow with 12 points.