Bonnie Samuelson sat at the far end of the Edison bench trying, it appeared, to fathom what had just taken place at Anaheim Arena.
The senior sat stunned among her teammates moments after the completion of the March 3 CIF Southern Section girls' basketball Division 1A championship game that pitted No. 1 Edison against No. 2 Troy. She'd break into a wide, almost incredulous smile, then look at the scoreboard.
Perhaps soaking up the moment. Probably checking to see if it all was real.
"It happened so fast, that I wasn't sure if it was real," she said. "I really can't believe it."
In the waning moments of the game, Edison trailed Troy by a single point and the underdog Warriors held possession of the basketball with 5.9 seconds to play. On Troy's inbounds pass under the Edison basket, Samuelson guarded the Warriors' Shelby Dougherty, using her wing span to prevent the 5-foot-9 junior guard from inbounding the ball. Dougherty's attempt didn't travel far. That's because Samuelson used every inch of her 6-2 frame to block Dougherty's vision, got a piece of the pass, grabbed the ball in mid-air, turned and shot from about eight feet out from the left side with two seconds left.