By Mark Carpenter –
Photo by Kimberly Browning –
Some in attendance described it as resembling the emotions of the final scene in the movie “Rudy”, but no Peebles Indians basketball fan will soon forget the “One Shining Moment” for Indians’ senior Andrew “Gibby” Shannon.
Shannon is one of those hard-working players who rarely sees any playing time, but it still a contributor to his team’s success. In the limited minutes of his high school career, “Gibby” had yet to score, but that changed on Saturday, Feb. 10, Senior Night at PHS.
Shannon entered the Peebles varsity game in the waning minutes and with time running out, “that” moment came to pass. With just 0.1 seconds left on the clock and his team leading Portsmouth Clay 59-40, Shannon took a pass from teammate Conner Browning and was fouled.
With the entire throng of Peebles faithful on their feet, he stepped to the line and let go with his first free throw attempt. Like a script from a suspenseful movie, the ball bounced on the back of the rim, then the front, seeming to hang in mid-air before finally dropping through the net. With the first shot out of the way, Shannon calmly swished attempt number two, forever putting his name in the record book of Peebles Indians with points in their varsity careers, as the crowd in unison chanted, “Gibby, Gibby, Gibby!”
Though that moment will be long etched in the memories of all who were in attendance, the Indians varsity squad is working on making a lot more memories for their fans.
The Indians have already clinched the small school division title of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference and after a 61-40 win over Clay and then a 73-47 win over Fayetteville on Feb. 13, Peebles stands at 15-5 with one regular season game left, a trip to Ripley on Friday, Feb. 16.
The Indians begin tourney play in a Division IV sectional final on Feb. 28 when they will likely face Whiteoak at 6:15 p.m. at Northwest High School, looking for a win that will send Peebles back to the “Convo” in Athens.