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Hart & Soul: Stephanie Hart Lifts Geneva to State Titles on Last Second Shots Two Years in a Row

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Hitting a last second shot to win an IHSA basketball state championship assures you legendary status at not only your high school, but for all-time in state tournament lore. So that leaves the question of what to call Geneva’s Stephanie Hart, who in a feat unlikely to ever be repeated, sunk the winning shot in the waning moments of both the 2017 and 2018 IHSA Class 4A title games, lifting the Vikings to back-to-back crowns.

Hart, shown sinking her 2018 jumper to give Geneva a 26-24 win over Montini from two angles above, used a putback to topple unbeaten Edwardsville 41-40 in 2017.

See both of the epic plays below:

2017 vs. Edwardsville:

2018 vs. Montini (2 angles):