Kidder County uses late rally to upend Lady Clippers
Mary Nicholson’s jumper with under 2:00 left put Kidder County in the lead for good, and the Lady Pirates went on to post a 57-52 victory over Strasburg-Zeeland in Strasburg on Jan. 17. Kidder County improved to 2-0 in District 6, and 5-3 overall, while Strasburg-Zeeland fell to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in District 6 play.
Strasburg-Zeeland got a three-point play from Ali Wolf and a pair of free throws from Jennifer Wikenheiser over the first :45 of the game to open up a quick, 5-0 lead, but the Lady Clippers would go scoreless over the next 3:20. Kidder County couldn’t get on the board until Morgan Rohrich knocked down a three-pointer at the 5:45 mark, but that started a 12-2 run by the Lady Pirates, and Rohrich capped the run with a pair of three-pointers to give Kidder County a 12-7 lead with just over 2:00 left in the period. Kidder County held a 12-10 advantage at the end of the quarter.
Two straight baskets by Wolf to start the second quarter capped a 7-0 run that gave Strasburg-Zeeland a 14-12 lead, and even though the game would be tied on five different occasions over the remainder of the period, Kidder County would not hold the lead again in the half. After Rebecca Schmidt tied the game with a field goal for Kidder County, Strasburg-Zeeland got consecutive field goals from Wikenheiser, Brittany Moser and Suzanne Ternes to open up its biggest lead (20-14) with 4:23 left in the second period.
However, Kidder County scored 6 unanswered points in a :55 span, and Jordan Mayer’s jumper tied the game at 20-20 with 3:00 left in the half. In the meantime, Moser picked up her third foul and went to the bench over the final 3:38 of the first half. The teams traded baskets over the final 2:00 of the quarter, and Wolf’s field goal in the waning seconds of the frame gave Strasburg-Zeeland a 28-26 halftime lead.
Strasburg-Zeeland hit 12 of 26 (46%) field goals in the first half, including 9 of 13 (69%) during the second period, along with 4 of 5 free throws, while Kidder County shot 40 percent (10 of 25) from the floor and hit all 3 of its free throw attempts in the half. Wolf tallied half (14) of Strasburg-Zeeland’s points, while Sadie Rohrich (11) and Morgan Rohrich (9) combined for 20 points for Kidder County in the half.
Strasburg-Zeeland continued to hold the lead for most of the third period, but the Lady Clippers could build no more than a 4-point lead the rest of the way. Kara Weigel’s basket at the 2:05 mark gave the Lady Clippers a 37-33 lead, but Nicholson knocked down a three-pointer with about a half minute left, and added a lay-up off a steal in the closing seconds to give Kidder County its first lead (38-37) of the second half heading into the final period.
Strasburg-Zeeland regained the lead on Courtney Bubach’s three-pointer on the opening trip of the fourth period, and after Sadie Rohrich tied the game with a lay-up, Ternes popped a three-pointer to put the Lady Clippers back on top, 43-40. The Lady Clippers still held a 3-point edge (45-42) after Moser put in a basket at the 5:00 mark, but Nicholson answered with a jumper for Kidder County, and Morgan Rohrich followed a Lady Clipper turnover with a triple to give the Lady Pirates a 47- 45 lead with 3:30 left.
Moser tied the game with a short-range field goal on the ensuing trip, but Strasburg-Zeeland squandered a couple of opportunities to regain the lead over the next 1:30, and Nicholson got a friendly roll on a straight-on jumper to put Kidder County ahead to stay, 49-47, with 1:48 left. Strasburg-Zeeland immediately turned the ball over on a five-second call, and Morgan Rohrich made the turnover pay off by draining a triple from the right baseline for a 52-47 advantage.
After Strasburg-Zeeland misfired on the other end, the Lady Clippers had to commit four fouls before sending Morgan Rohrich to the line with :36 left. Rohrich missed the front end, and the Lady Clippers rebounded, but Sadie Rohrich picked off an outlet pass, and took it in for a lay-up to cap a 7-0 run that gave the Lady Pirates their biggest lead (54-47) with just :31 left.
After Wikenheiser put in a field goal on the other end, Rebecca Schmidt hit a free throw to make it 55-49 with :17.6 remaining, but the Lady Clippers caught a break when Ternes was fouled on a three-point attempt, and she went to the line with :08 left. Ternes sank all three shots to cut the lead in half (55-52), but Sadie Rohrich sealed up the victory by sinking a pair of free throws with just :07.7 showing on the clock.
Kidder County hit on just 21 of 51 (41%) field goals, but the Lady Pirates connected on 6 three-pointers and sank 9 of 12 free throws in the game. Strasburg-Zeeland connected on 10 of 12 (83%) free throws, but the Lady Clippers shot just 38 percent (20 of 53) from the field, including a 30 percent (8 of 27) showing in the second half. Kidder County held a slim, 30-26 advantage in rebounds.
Sadie Rohrich scored a game-high 19 points, while Morgan Rohrich hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points. Nicholson scored all 9 of her points in the second half. Wolf was held scoreless in the second half, but she still led Strasburg-Zeeland with 14 points. Wikenheiser and Ternes added 8 points apiece, Bubach scored 7 points, and Weigel and Moser chipped in 6 points each for the Lady Clippers.
Kidder County: Sadie Rohrich 19, Morgan Rohrich 17, Mary Nicholson 9, Jordan Mayer 5, Rebecca Schmidt 3, Paige Schmidt 2, Cassidy Ziesch 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Ali Wolf 14, Jennifer Wikenheiser 8, Suzanne Ternes 8, Courtney Bubach 7, Brittany Moser 6, Kara Weigel 6, Madelyn Kramer 2, Brooke Scherr 1.
3-Pointers: Kidder County (6): M. Rohrich 5, Nicholson 1, Strasburg-Zeeland (2): Bubach 1, Ternes 1. Fouls: Kidder County 9, Strasburg-Zeeland 15. Fouled Out: Bubach.