Hoggard seals Carroll’s OT win against Lampeter-Strasburg

Sophomore guard A.J. Hoggard (above) hit two free throws in overtime to seal Carroll’s state playoff win against Lampeter-Strasburg. Photo by COBL

By Michael Bullock

A. J. Hoggard wasn’t worried, nervous or even anxious.

Didn’t matter that Archbishop Carroll’s confident and remarkably talented sophomore guard was standing on the foul line with just a few tense seconds remaining in a single-possession contest that had been see-sawing back and forth for the better part of an hour.

Hoggard was right where he wanted to be under those circumstances.

On the free-throw stripe with the outcome of an all-or-nothing scrap riding on what he did in that particular moment — or didn’t do — with half the gymnasium hooting and hollering at him and the other half nibbling on their fingers and leaving little more than a single knuckle.

“That’s what I live for,” Hoggard admitted. “This is what you live for growing up playing basketball. You want to be put in pressure situations that you can thrive in.

“And tonight I just happened to be in a situation that I love to be in.”

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