PIERRE — The Huron Tigers girls’ basketball team escaped with a 42-40 comeback win over the Pierre T.F. Riggs Lady Govs, as the Tigers claimed their first lead in the final moments of the game, on Tuesday evening at Pierre High School.
With just over a minute left in the game, Huron’s Havyn Heinz came in for a deep three, with Pierre still in control at 40-39. Then Huron took control. Heinz took a steal and sent the ball to Bella Shreeve for a two point bucket, at a 41-40 lead for the Tigers, before the extra Huron point ended the game.
“We definitely want to be in SoDak 16 and that’s a step in the right direction,” Huron coach Tim Buddenhagen said. “We’re undefeated in February and that could change at anytime, but at least we’re 3-0 this month.”
Huron improved its season record to 5-9 with the win, while Pierre dropped to a record of 2-12 on the season.
Heinz took the first shot for the Tigers, but the Lady Govs pushed ahead with a quick comeback at a 6-3 lead with 2:50 to go in the first quarter. A Shreeve shot for Huron from three-point territory tied the score at 6-6 in the first. But Kylie Kessler made back-to-back buckets for three points, as an 8-0 run for Pierre brought the lead 14-6 in the opening moments of the second period.
Huron’s leading scorer, Heinz totaled a game-high of 21 points, as she answered back with a three-pointer, followed by Tenley Buddenhagen and Sami Shoultz shots for two each. The Huron Tigers were unable to catch up by the half-time buzzer, as the Lady Govs ended the second with a 22-16 advantage.
The second half of play had a slow start with no points scored until Pierre’s Emily Mikkelsen put two in for free-throws with five and a half minutes in the third. Heinz answered back with a pair of threes on the scoreboard for Huron to bring the Lady Govs’ lead down to 26-21.
Huron trailed behind Pierre going into the fourth, as Emily Mikkelsen led the Lady Govs’ scorers with 11 points. The Tigers made some good defensive plays and fast movement on the court; however, the team struggled to put the ball in the net throughout the game.
“Our defense has been phenomenal and we did that again tonight, these girls have a lot of heart,” said Buddenhagen. “Sami re-energized and was quicker to the board; she gets those rebounds quick and does a lot on the inside.”
Kylie Overbay caught fire in the fourth with a three-point shot around the midway point of the quarter, before Buddenhagen claimed the ball with a steal, and some quick movement down the court led the Tigers to trail by one point at a 35-34 Pierre lead with three and a half minutes left in the game.
“The senior class has been a great class, they’re energizing, always picking other team members up,” Buddenhagen added. “Those girls get a lot of credit. They come to practice every day and work their tails off. They’re doing a nice job and we’re very thankful for their leadership.”
Pierre missed a shot, rebounded by Shoultz with 20 seconds on the clock. A Lady Govs foul gave Heinz a shot from the free throw line with less than 10 seconds until the final buzzer, to end the game at a 42-40 comeback win for the Tigers.
“These girls are showing a lot of courage and grit. They’ve got to keep moving forward,” Buddenhagen explained.
Huron will host Brandon Valley at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, while Pierre will be back in action when the team hosts Mitchell on Tuesday.
Huron 6 10 11 15 — 42
Pierre 11 11 10 8 — 40
Huron (5-9): Havyn Heinz 7 4-6 21; Sami Shoultz 3 2-4 8; Bella Shreeve 3 0-0 7; Kylie Overbay 2 0-1 4; Tenley Buddenhagen 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 6-11 42.
Pierre (2-12): Emily Mikkelsen 3 4-6 11; Kylie Kessler 3 2-2 10; Kylee Thorpe 2 1-1 5; Mack Rath 2 0-0 4; Hannah Lingle 2 0-0 4; Kodi Severyn 1 0-0 3; Caytee Williams 0 3-4 3. Totals: 13 10-13 40.
FG: HU — 16-46 34%; P — 13-40 32%. 3-pt FG: HU — 4-15 (Heinz 3, Shreeve 1); P — 4-14 (Kessler 2, Mikkelsen 1, Severyn 1).