It wasn't the prettiest shot Britney Huddleston's ever knocked down in her basketball career.
It's certainly one she won't ever forget, however.
Vanessa Aleman hit a jumper from just inside the key to give Golden Valley a 48-47 lead with 6.7 seconds to go in the game.
As per Merced coach Brad Reed's instructions, Merced didn't take a timeout and instead quickly inbounded the ball.
Huddleston pushed it up the court and drove into the lane, before temporarily being stripped by GV's Tori Johnson.
Huddleston recovered, spun away from Johnson and floated up a runner that banked in for the game-winning basket as the buzzer sounded.
The shot set off a wild celebration as the 49-48 victory was Merced's second consecutive nail biter after a last-second win over Atwater on Tuesday.
"I'd been planning that shot all game," Huddleston joked. "Honestly, I have no idea how it went in.
"I think my brother's hand came down and helped me out.
"With the way the season started, it just feels really good for us to be playing well right now."
After opening the season 1-14, the win was Merced's sixth in its last seven games.
Huddleston's shot spoiled a valiant Golden Valley (2-8 Central California Conference, 6-18) fourth-quarter comeback.
Merced (6-4, 7-15) took a nine-point lead into intermission and twice pushed it to double digits in the third quarter, but GV wouldn't go away.
Johnson hit a runner at the buzzer to bring GV back within seven heading into the fourth quarter.
The shot was a boost to the sophomore's confidence.
"It really got me thinking that I had to pick it up," Johnson said. "They were putting a lot of pressure on me, but I knew I had to find a way to score."
Johnson did just that, erupting for 14 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth. She hit a pair of free throws with 3 minutes, 8 seconds to play, giving GV its first lead of the second half.
Merced answered with its work on the offensive glass.
Jealinda Mills (team-high 15 points) put Merced back on top with consecutive putbacks.
Merced pushed its lead to 47-43, but momentum swung back to GV.
Aleman hit one of two free throws and center Kat Blake rebounded her miss for an easy layup, making it 47-46 with 31 seconds to play.
After a Lauren Lilly miss, GV called timeout to set up its potential winning play.
With Merced focused on where Johnson would go after she inbounded the ball, the sophomore lobbed a ball into the key. An open Aleman caught the pass and fired what appeared to be the game winner.
Huddleston had other ideas.
"We didn't want them to be able to set up defensively, so I told the girls during the timeout that if they scored, to just push it up the court," Reed said. "We turned the ball over so many times we didn't really get the chance to pull away.
"You have to give GV credit for fighting all the way back. But our kids stayed composed and we got a great win."
At Golden Valley
Merced 11 12 13 13 -- 49
Golden Valley 9 5 15 19 -- 48
MERCED -- Lauren Lilly 12, Rebecca Schonauer 2, Misha Strong 2, Jealinda Mills 15, Britney Huddleston 6, Brittney Scott 9, Lauren Kelsey 3. Totals: 15 17-26 49.
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Juliana Duran 3, Tori Johnson 20, Sam Martinez 5, Kat Blake 6, Toni Moore 2, Vanessa Aleman 12. Totals: 16 13-20 48.
3-pointers: Merced 2 (Scott, Kelsey), Golden Valley 3 (Johnson, Duran, Aleman); Total Fouls: Merced 20, Golden Valley 17; Foul Outs: Golden Valley (Moore).
Records: Merced 6-4 CCC, 7-15; Golden Valley 2-8 CCC, 6-18.
JV -- Golden Valley 37-21.