Summer League basketball games don’t count, but that doesn’t mean they are competitive down to the wire.
The most recent impressive finish came from Leilani Kapinus, a Wisconsin Academy bombardier who paced her team throughout a tight summer league face off. Mostly Kapinus took aim from deep, stroking right-handed attempts from distance en route to a 53-53 tie with just seconds remaining.
That’s when Wisconsin Academy got the ball back and looked for it’s leader. Kapinus got the ball, but she was wisely trapped on her right side to keep her from releasing a shot. The defense didn’t work, with Kapinus instead shifting to a left-handed attempt … and nailing a game-winner. As her reaction proved, even Kapinus was stunned that the shot went in.
It’s hard to overstate how impressive it is to hit a game-winner from distance with a weaker hand. It’s a bit like a right-handed hitter breaking their right wrist and knocking a game-winning ground rule double lefthanded.
Of course, Kapinus’ lefty bucket would have been impressive regardless of the circumstances that surround it. It was just that much better with the game on the line.