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Big shots No. 19

Rabold's recovery

February 27, 2008
The Altoona Mirror
This is the second in a 20-day series on the biggest shots in Blair County high school basketball over the last 50 years. The Mirror is counting down one per day until Sunday, March 16.

—Buck Frank

Player: Becky Rabold, Hollidaysburg

Opponent: State College

Date: Saturday, March 11, 1989

Site: St. Francis College’s Stokes Building

Setting the scene: The Hollidaysburg Lady Tigers had never won a District 6 title and were in the Class AAAA title game facing a talented State College team that had eliminated them in the playoffs the previous two years. Rabold, a 6-foot-4 center, sprained an ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return until midway through the third quarter.

The shot: With the score tied at 49 and 12 seconds left, Rabold shot a baseline jumper that missed. Joy Hammers followed with another miss, and with four seconds left, Rabold gathered the ball and sank the game-winner in the lane for a 51-49 Hollidaysburg victory.

Mirror excerpt from Sunday, March 12, 1989: In the swarm of arms underneath, Rabold came away with the ball in the middle of the lane, turned toward the basket and sealed the fate with four seconds left.

—Michael V. Emery

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—Rabold: “They first advised me not to go back in because my ankle was severely sprained. But adrenaline took over, and I went back out.’’

—Joe Hurd, coach: “That was the first year Hollidaysburg had a full-time athletic trainer in Sue Barkman. In the previous years, my assistant, Sonny Consiglio, or I would have made the decision [on injured players], and we just didn’t have the same level of expertise.’’

Aftermath: Hollidaysburg won two state playoff games before falling to Sacred Heart in the PIAA quarterfinals. Rabold, now Becky Stolarski, lives in Altoona with her husband and 7-year-old son and is the marketing coordinator for Paradigm Solutions.

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