Harrisburg takes game in overtime from Huron girls


HARRISBURG - After leading for the majority of the first three quarters, the Huron Tigers saw a lead vanish in the fourth quarter and then the Harrisburg Tigers girls took away the victory in overtime, 53-49, in Harrisburg Saturday.

The first quarter opened with neither team shooting well. Huron took an early 2-0 lead on an Alexis Feenstra bucket as she ran the floor on a steal and got the feed from Isabella Shreeve.

Harrisburg would open 0-5 from the field before Hannah Eide hit a three-point basket to open scoring for the home squad.

From that point, it was the Shreeve show in the first quarter.

She scored nine points on three 3-point baskets, two of which she was able to get after securing a long offensive rebound, one of the only ways she could wiggle free of a Harrisburg defense focused on stopping her getting an open look.

Huron took an 11-9 lead into the second quarter, and both teams opened the second frame struggling to hold onto the ball and struggling to get the ball in the bucket when the offense would work.

Combined, the two teams opened the second quarter 0-for-9 before - who else? - Shreeve put in a runner in the lane to open the scoring in the second frame and give the visitors a 13-9 lead.

It was all Harrisburg from that point for the next five minutes of game clock, as Huron struggled to hit any shot and the home team went on a 10-0 run to take a 19-13 lead.

Shreeve ended Huron’s cold streak with a three-point basket, then hit Adison Moore streaking down the court after a Harrisburg turnover to bring Huron within one.

Hamtyn Heinz got her first points of the game on a pair of free throws with seconds left in the first half to send Huron to halftime with a 20-19 edge.

The Huron offense spread the ball around better in the third quarter, with Hamtyn Heinz and Heavan Gainey the beneficiaries in the end. The duo ended up scoring 14 of the team’s 17 points in the third.

However, even as Harrisburg struggled to find offensive consistency, Huron could not extend the lead beyond eight points, finishing the third frame leading 37-30.

That became an issue as the Tigers opened the fourth quarter shooting incredibly cold, missing the first six shots of the quarter before hitting what would be the only made bucket of the quarter for Huron.

That, and inspired play off the bench from junior Kayleigh Hybertson allowed the home Tigers to tie the game at 37 and the fight was on from that point. However, Hybertson missed a pair of free throws with 30 seconds remaining, giving Huron the ball with the game tied at 40.

While Huron struggled shooting, the defense gave Harrisburg easy opportunities, according to Huron coach Tim Buddenhagen.

“They went to free throw line in the fourth quarter nine times. We didn’t go one time,” Buddenhagen stated. “We can’t guard the free throw line. They were getting too many of those.”

Tigers coach Tim Buddenhagen called timeout and set the plan. After Gainey lost her dribble with three seconds left on the clock, Buddenhagen called another timeout to set up a final play. The ball ended up in Shreeve’s hands for a long three, but she couldn’t connect, sending the game into overtime.

The Huron shooting woes continued into overtime, and Harrisburg took its first lead of the second half seconds into the extra period as three-year varsity starter Emilee Boyer put in a shot to give the home team the edge.

When Boyer banked in a desperation three-point shot as the shot clock expired after Huron had got back within one point, the game was effectively over as Huron had to begin fouling. A last-second three from Heinz made the final 53-49 in favor of Harrisburg.

The play at the end of regulation was emblematic of the struggles of the game, in Coach Buddenhagen’s eyes.

“We spent too much time dribbling the ball and not turning the corner, so we had to take that second time out,” Buddenhagen observed. “Give them credit, they made plays, and we shot ourselves in the foot.”

Harrisburg evened its record at 3-3 behind 18 points from Boyer and 11 points from Jaylee Hofer.

Heinz and Shreeve each scored 17 points for Huron. Gainey added 11 points.

Huron took the junior varsity game by the score of 35-32.

The Tigers host Mitchell Tuesday.

Huron’s coach sees the bench as a big key to a stronger rest of season for his club.

“We should be 5-1,” Buddenhagen said. “We’ve got to get more than two points from our bench.”

Huron         11 20 37 40 49
Harrisburg           9 19 30 40 53

Huron (3-3): Isabella Shreeve 6 0-0 17, Adison Moore 1 0-0 2, Hamtyn Heinz 3 8-8 17, Alexis Feenstra 1 0-0 2, Heavan Gainey 3 4-4 11. Totals: 14 12-12 49.

Harrisburg (3-3): Jaylee Hofer 4 1-3 11, Adelynn Wagner 1 1-1 3, Kaylee Plahn 0 1-2 1, Emilee Boyer 6 4-5 18, Hannah Eide 2 3-3 8, Abigail Flanagan 2 1-2 6, Sydney Hybertson 0 2-2 2, Kayleigh Hybertson 2 0-3 4. Totals: 17 13-21 53.

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