HURON — Huron emerged with a 71-64 victory as the Tigers rallied for 25 points in the final quarter to secure the win over Pierre, after a dominant first half for the Lady Govs, in girls’ basketball action, Saturday at the Huron Arena.
The Tigers snapped the four game losing streak and ended their regular season with an improved record of 6-13, as Huron finds a spot in the Round of 16 playoffs, which is set to take place on Friday. The Lady Govs also ended their regular season, now at a 4-15 record.
The victory game the Tigers a season sweep against the Lady Govs. In the previous meeting earlier this month, Huron used a steal and a layup with 30 seconds remaining in the game to secure a two-point win.
“The girls made big shots, hit the layups, free throws, rebounds, and fortunately we got that win tonight, ” Huron coach Tim Buddenhagen said. “We are dangerous when we get that contribution from a lot of girls. When we don’t score a lot of points, things get sluggish. We missed a lot offensively to begin, but we had a fantastic second half.”
In the first quarter, Pierre took a quick two-pointer by six-foot senior Hannah Lingle during the opening seconds of the game. Buddenhagen answered for Huron with a bucket for two to tie up the score moments later, before a long shot for three by Bella Shreeve made the net for an early 5-4 Tigers lead.
After coming up with a rebound, Kylie Overbay found Heinz on the fast break, which resulted in a layup by Shoultz to cut Pierre’s lead to 16-11 at the end of the opeing quarter.
After eight unanswered shots from the Tigers the score was tied up at 18-18 midway through the second period, but a 7-0 run put the Lady Govs in the lead with a 36-31 score at halftime.
But Huron refused give up the win. Buddenhagen broke the Pierre run with a shot to the net from three-point territory, followed by Heinz with an old fashioned three-point play. Efforts from Shreeve added a last second bucket for three to send the game to halftime.
“They keep playing even when we are down,” Buddenhagen explained. “The girls keep fighting to be a competitor, they’ve been that way the whole year - there is no quit.”
Coming back from the locker rooms, both squads fought hard to keep control and Pierre began to fall as the Huron momentum was building.
With two minutes to play in the third, Schiltz picked up the rebound from a missed Pierre free throw, and sent the ball to Shreeve for two, before a three-pointer as Schiltz saw the net to tie up the score at 43-43. Then Huron took over.
Shoultz made a shot for two, followed by a drive by Shreeve to claim a 45-43 Huron lead and the team continued to control the court until the final buzzer.
“The first half we didn’t rebound as well as we should have, then in the second half Sami pulled out some big boards and then it became easy for us to transition,” Buddenhagen noted. “We need to continue to shoot well enough to stay in the game.”
The fourth period opened with a steal by Schoultz and and reverse layup for a 51-45 Huron lead, while shots were being made on the Lady Govs side the team was unable to match up for the remainder of the game.
The shots kept coming for Huron from there, with the team moving fast across the court for three-pointers, before the Tigers claimed the victory.
To lead the Tigers, 16 points from both Bella Shreeve and Haven Heinz were recorded. Also in double figures for Huron was Sami Shoultz with 14 points, while 12 more were tallied by Tenley Buddenhagen.
Mikkelsen totaled 18 points for the Lady Govs to lead all scorers, Mack Rath put another 13 on the scoreboard, while 11 more were added by Thorp in losing efforts for Pierre.
“This is the first year I’ve got to work with the girls and it’s been a great experience,” Buddenhagen said.
Huron 11 20 15 25 — 71
Pierre 16 20 9 19 — 64
Huron (6-13): Bella Shreeve 4 4-5 16; Havyn Heinz 4 7-7 16; Sami Shoultz 6 2-5 14; Brooke Schiltz 3 2-4 8; Kylie Overbay 0 2-4 2; Braylee Thomas 1 0-0 2; Lexy Gilbert 0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 20-29 71.
Pierre (4-15): Emily Mikkelsen 7 3-5 18; Mack Rath 6 0-1 13; Kylee Thorpe 3 4-4 11; Hannah Lingle 4 0-0 8; Kodi Severyn 2 0-0 6; Caytee Williams 0 3-6 3; Remmington Price 1 0-0 3; Halle Gronlund 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 10-16 64.
FG: HU – 22-39 56%; PR – 24-52 46%. 3-pt FG: HU – 7-14 (Shreeve 4, Buddenhagen 2, Heinz 1); PR – 6-17 (Severyn 2, Thorpe 1, Price 1, Rath 1, Mikkelsen 1). Rebounds: HU – 30; PR – 23. TO: HU – 16; PR – 10. Steals: HU – 7; PR – 8. Fouls: HU – 16; PR – 24.