Lucas Marty and the Monticello (Wis.) Ponies begin Six Rivers-Eastern conference play Tuesday night, but they don't expect to match what happened on Saturday against Highland High School.
Marty, a 5-11 junior point guard, hit this full-court discus-style shot at the end of the first half of Saturday's 48-37 victory, which left the Ponies at 4-0.
"I've coached for 15 years and have never seen a shot like that," Ponies coach Mark Olson told Playbook on Monday. "Everyone was screaming and jumping up and down like we won the game. We have a few kids who are gym rats and spend a lot of time practicing those shots. Lucas is one of them."
Olson said Marty and several of his teammates were trying out full-court, half-court and various other trick shots in their home gym Saturday before boarding the bus and heading for Highland.
"The practice paid off," Olson said. There were no big prizes involved, just three points.
When your high school has only 110 students, posting a video of a full-court shot on the "PoniesVideo" You Tube channel is one way to get noticed. Olson said the school posted the video simply so people who didn't make the one-hour road trip could see Marty's shot.
Even without social media -- the clip was tweeted by @ESPN to its 5.6 million followers Monday -- the shot would have been a big deal in this Wisconsin village of about 1,200 people located 35 miles south of Madison.
“It would have been the talk of the town for quite a while," Olson said. "They love basketball in Monticello, and there are lot of former players who still live there and have lots of stories. But it would not have gotten out of the city limits."
There are 19 players on the current Ponies basketball team, with nine on varsity and 10 on JV, and they play at the WIAA Division 5 level.
"It's been the talk of school today," Olson said. "Word got back everybody is saying 'What a great shot."
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