For Samantha Fuehring it was five days to remember, a basket of pure brilliance and, OK, maybe one rather forgetful national television interview.
Fuehring, the senior basketball player from Immaculate Conception, returned home Thursday after playing in the 14th McDonald’s All-American girls game in Chicago the night before on ESPNU. She logged 16 minutes and shot only 1-of-6 from the floor, but her one long-striding reverse lay-in got replayed over and over and was one of the highlights of the night. She also played in the final five minutes – crunch time – as her East team held on for an 89-87 triumph over the West.
“It was exciting,” said Fuehring, 18. “In the scrimmage we had, the West blew us out. And they thought they were going to win the game, so I was excited when we won.”
Fuehring is the reigning Record Girls Basketball Player of the Year and owns a rare combination of size — she is 6 feet 3 — and skill. She finished as the sixth all-time leading scorer in Bergen County and led the Blue Wolves to their first North Non-Public B title.