La Costa Canyon point guard Tommy McCarthy (shown in a game last month) hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds Friday night to defeat Torrey Pines.
CARLSBAD In a rivalry that’s among the best in the county, La Costa Canyon High’s Tommy McCarthy had the last shot Friday night — and it hit nothing but net.
Trailing by a point with 6.9 seconds to play, the Mavericks point guard hustled the ball up the floor, got into a rhythm and hit a 3-pointer, giving No. 3-ranked LCC a 54-52 win over No. 4 Torrey Pines before a loud standing-room-only crowd.
“We call that situation ‘home run’ and we practice it all the time,” McCarthy said. “And it doesn’t always end that way.”
McCarthy, who finished with 20 points, hit a long 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter. He had two free throws earlier in the fourth quarter, and nearly had to leave the game with cramping in his calves.
“That was brutal,” McCarthy said.
There were still 1.3 seconds to play when McCarthy hit his shot and the LCC students, who had rushed the floor, had to be herded back into the stands.
After order was restored, McCarthy intercepted the inbounds pass.
“Insane,” LCC coach Dave Cassaw said after his team improved to 16-2. “I really expected Torrey Pines (14-3) to foul us at the end. So our plan was to get to the rim.
“But Tommy had a shot. It was a deep shot. But it wasn’t forced. He was in his comfort zone.”
Sam Worman paced Torrey Pines with 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Brady Twombly backed McCarthy, finishing with 15 points.
Both teams have pressure-packed games Monday at Francis Parker.
Torrey Pines plays No. 8 Parker at 5:30 p.m., and LCC plays No. 1 St. Augustine at 7:30.
“What’s the old saying? From the frying pan to the fire,” Cassaw said. “This game, playing Saints, can only help us down the line.
“We have a young team (only one senior). This is the first time this group has gotten it done in the clutch.
“Honestly, it’s a unifying win.”