YANKTON — It took triple overtime to get the job done, but the Huron girls’ basketball team earned its second win of the season on Tuesday with a 55-53 victory against the Yankton Gazelles.
An offensive rebound of her own shot and a putback by Havyn Heinz with 1:16 remaining in the third overtime proved to be the game-winner for the Tigers, who are now 2-6.
“We had the lead at the end of regulation and each of the overtimes, but just couldn’t get it done. We were kind of tight, because we’ve never been in this situation before,” Buddenhagen said. “But, you have to give the girls credit. They hung in there.
“The tougher the battle the bigger the victory,” he said.
It appeared Huron, which had lost its previous four games, was well on its way to the victory as it built double-digit advantages in both the first and second halves.
Back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers, including one by Bella Shreeve at the buzzer to end the opening quarter, helped the Tigers to a 19-9 lead early in the second quarter. Tenley Buddenhagen and Heinz had the other two long-range jumpers, with Heinz also having a putback to cap a 13-1 run.
Yankton, which went 3-3 during its first six games, rallied back during the final half of the second quarter using 3-pointers by Kelsey Oswald and Sadie Fedders to shave its deficit to just a point at 21-20 with 1:02 remaining in the half.
Huron would carry a 23-20 lead into the break as Heinz was fouled on a shot at the buzzer and converted on a pair of free throws.
The Tigers would never trail in the second half, but weren’t able to put the game away after building a 12-point advantage in the fourth quarter.
A drive and layup by Shreeve, which was followed by a 3-pointer by Kylie Overbay helped Huron to a 36-28 lead at the end of the third quarter.
With the first two baskets in the final quarter the Tigers took their biggest lead of the game at 40-28 with just under six minutes to play in the game.
A pair of free throws by Buddenhagen would be the only points Huron would get the rest of the way.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Madison Wuebben kick started the comeback for the Gazelles. After Maddy Hochstein, who is the lone senior on the roster for Yankton, converted on a pair of free throws, Wuebben connected on another 3-pointer to slice the lead for the Tigers to 42-41 with 2:29 to play.
After a pair of empty possessions for each team, Huron missed an opportunity to add to its lead with a missed free throw with 1:22 remaining. Oswald was fouled on the ensuing possession and pulled the Gazelles even at 42-42 by making one of two shots from the charity stripe.
Neither team could find the net during the final minute of the game, forcing the first overtime.
The Tigers would score the first five points of the extra frame to build a 47-42 lead. Buddenhagen keyed the run with a drive to the basket and a 15-foot jumper, with Heinz splitting the baskets with a free throw.
Yankton scored its first points of the overtime with 1:22 remaining on a shot by Hochstein.
Huron then had its opportunity to end it as Buddenhagen came up with a steal following a missed shot and Heinz was fouled on a shot with 33 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, a pair of free throws missed the mark allowing Yankton to force a second overtime with a 3-pointer by Wuebben to make it 47-47 with 13 seconds to play.
Each team managed just two points in the second overtime. Sami Shoultz scored in the first minute of the 4-minute stanza for Huron, while Hochstein was fouled on a putback and converted on two free throws for the Gazelles with 1:01 left on the clock.
Shoultz came up big for the Tigers with back-to-back baskets to give the Tigers a 53-49 lead in the third overtime. The lead would hold up until Wolfgram converted on a pair of free throws with 1:50 to play to pull Yankton even at 53-53.
Heinz would hit the eventual game winner on the ensuing possession.
“Sami hit those left-handed hook shots, which were tough shots,” Buddenhagen said. “That was nice to see because her confidence had been kind of wavering since the first game. She played her best game tonight.”
Heinz finished with 17 points to lead Huron, while Buddenhagen and Shoultz added 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Shoultz also had a team-high nine rebounds for the Tigers.
Although she didn’t show up in the stats, Buddenhagen praised the play of Cheslea Hofer.
“Hofer took a big charge tonight and had a lot of hustle on the defensive end of the floor,” he said. “We had a lot of contributions by a lot of girls.”
Wuebben finished with a game-high 24 points for Yankton, while Hochstein also reached double figures with 10 points and had 12 rebounds.
Huron will return to action Saturday with a 5:15 p.m. Game at Sioux Falls O’Gorman
Huron 14 23 36 42 47 49 55
Yankton 9 20 28 42 47 49 53
Huron (2-6): Kylie Overbay 1 0-0 3; Tenley Buddenhagen 5 4-5 15; Bella Shreeve 3 0-0 7; Havyn Heinz 6 4-7 17; Sami Shoultz 6 0-1 12.Totals: 21 8-13 55.
Yankton (3-4): Ellie Karolveitz 0 3-4 3; Payton Wolfgram 0 4-9 4; Kelsey Olswald 2 2-4 7; Madison Wuebben 8 3-4 24; Sadie Fedders 2 0-0 5; Maddy Hochstein 2 6-6 10. Totals: 14 18-27 53.
Rebounds: H 30 (Shoultz 9); Y 41 (Hochstein 12. 3-point goals: H 5 (Buddenhagen 2, Overbay 1, Shreeve 1, Heinz 1); Y 7 (Wuebben 5, Olswald 1, Fedders 1). Turnovers: H 9; Y 12. Assists: H na; Y 4. Steals: H 1; Y 6 (Olswald 4). Fouls: H 19 (Shreeve, out); Y 16 (Olswald, out).