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A different kind of buzzer beater earns Illinois student $500

Cameron Smith
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The video you see above showcases a buzzer beater, but it came with a very different prize that your typical late-game victory. This time it brought $500.

As reported by USA Today's Scott Allen, Athens High (Athens, Ill.) student Madi Epperson hit a four-shot sequence in 30 seconds as part of a halftime contest with a prize of $500. After easily knocking down a layup and hitting her second free throw attempt, Epperson connected on her first shot from behind the three-point line.

That left just a half-court shot between Epperson and some cool cash. The teen had just enough time to hoist up two attempts. The first fell short, but an outlet pass sent to her from a rebounding school official under the basket gave her just enough time to gather, dribble and fire.

The result was another early season buzzer beater from a girls basketball player, this one just came during a boys hoops contest. Epperson didn't even have to go to the bank on her mid-court heave; she watched the swish and then could take her money to the bank instead.

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