Game-winning shot was ‘one in a million’

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Eldorado girls basketball won the game and the district championship Tuesday after 70-foot buzzer beater.

It’s a highlight fans could watch again and again.

Senior guard Caitlin Duree says she has been overwhelmed with attention, including some national interest, since making that miracle shot.

“It literally was like time slowed down. It was like, I swear it was silent in there,” Duree said of the moment the ball left her hands.

Duree shot from 70 feet away with 1.7 seconds on the clock and banked it straight in.

“I was thinking that I might be the luckiest person in the world at that moment in time,” she said.

At practice Thursday afternoon, two days after that shot, Duree said she is still in shock.

Not only did she score, she helped her team beat their rival La Cueva and win the district championship.

“It was kind of one in a million shots for me,” Duree said. “I kind of just took a few steps and launched it as hard as I could and it went in.”

Duree’s coach, Michael Huston, said, “Just the moment of it and how it all played out, I’m still in shock and I’ve watched the video probably 50 times, and I still can’t believe it went in.”

The Youtube video had almost topped 1,000 views by Thursday evening.

Duree said Fox Sports Live called her about using the highlight. It didn’t end up making the cut, but she has still got her fingers crossed that it will make ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 one of these nights.

“Everyone has been sending it in to them and tweeting at them so who knows, it might show up on there,” she said.

Duree credits that game-winner to her pumped up adrenaline and a lot of luck.

If La Cueva’s girls team wins its game Friday night, it will get a rematch with Eldorado on Saturday night in the district tournament. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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