Heartbreak City: Buzzer-beater spoils ferocious Mustang comeback

The elation of erasing a 16-point deficit in the second half turned to heartbreak after Iola's Mac Leonard drained three pressure-packed free throws to tie the score with seconds remainin. Santa Fe Trail's Jalen Smith scored at the buzzer to give the Chargers a 63-61 victory.

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January 31, 2024 - 4:05 PM

Iola High's Nick Bauer, center, looks for an opening against the Santa Fe Trail defense Tuesday. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

A storybook ending turned into heartbreak Tuesday.

Iola High’s Mustangs capped a ferocious comeback, erasing a 16-point deficit to Santa Fe Trail, with senior Mac Leonard delivering three free throws to knot the score at 61-61 with 7 seconds left on the clock.

But a lot can happen in 7 seconds.

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