Potter County (SD) rallies to down Lady Clippers
Potter County (SD) went on a 14-6 run over the final 4:10 to pull out a 59-55 victory over Strasburg-Zeeland in Strasburg on Feb. 2. The Lady Clippers dropped to 8-7 on the season, while Potter County improved to 8-5.
Strasburg-Zeeland raced out to an 8-2 advantage less than 2:00 into the game, but Potter County closed out the first period with an 11-4 run, and Alysyn Breaw’s putback late in the period gave the Lady Battlers a 13-12 edge.
A pair of baskets by Alli Lake, a field goal by Sydney Logan, and a free throw by Lake capped a 9-0 run that gave Potter County its biggest lead (20-12) with just under 5:00 left in the first half, but Strasburg-Zeeland closed the margin to 3 points (23-20), before Potter County took a 27-22 advantage to the break.
Potter County hit on just 11 of 26 (42%) field goals and 3 of 8 (38%) free throws in the first half, while Strasburg-Zeeland connected on just 8 of 23 (35%) field goals, and 5 of 6 free throws in the half. Lake (13), Breaw (7) and Logan (7) took care of all of the scoring for Potter County in the first half, and Courtney Buabch netted a dozen first-half points for Strasburg-Zeeland.
Strasburg-Zeeland would open each of the final two quarters with a bang, but the Lady Clippers could not hold the lead in the late going of either of them. The Lady Clippers opened the second half with a 10-2 run, and Suzanne Ternes capped a string of 7 unaswered points with a field goal to give Strasburg-Zeeland a 32-29 lead with 4:52 left in the third period. However, Potter County ripped off 8 straight points over the next 2:30, and back-to-back three-pointers by Lake and Tara Heuer gave the Lady Battlers a 37-32 advantage. Potter County would build a 6-point advantage before taking a 41-37 lead into the final quarter.
Strasburg-Zeeland also opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run, and baskets by Ali Wolf and Brittany Moser gave the Lady Clippers a 47-43 lead with just over 5:00 left. The Lady Clippers still led by 4 points (49-45) after Brooke Scherr knocked down a jumper with 4:28 left, but Strasburg-Zeeland would muster just a single free throw over the next 3:00, while Potter County went on a 10-1 run to regain the lead for good.
Heuer started the run with a three-pointer at the 4:10 mark, and Lake ended the run with another triple, which gave the Lady Battlers a 55-50 advantage with 1:45 left.Wolf finally ended the Lady Clipper’s field goal drought with a basket at the 1:28 mark, but Lake put back an offensive rebound on the other end for a 57-52 lead with under a minute left.
After a Lady Clipper turnover, and a missed free throw by Heuer, Bubach canned a straight-on three-pointer to cut the lead to 57-55 with half a minute left, and another missed free throw by Heuer left the Lady Clippers with possession with :25 remaining. Strasburg-Zeeland worked the clock down to under :10, before turning the ball over on a jump ball with :06 left. Heuer was sent to the line again, and this time, she sank both shots to seal up the victory (59-55) with just :03.4 showing on the clock.
Potter County shot just 42 percent from both the field (24 of 57) and the line (5 of 12), but the Lady Battlers held a 38-29 advantage in rebounds, including a 15-5 margin on offensive boards. Strasburg-Zeeland hit 13 of 19 (68%) free throws, but the Lady Clippers connected on just 20 of 49 (41%) field goals in the game.
Lake scored 16 of her game-high 29 points in the second half, including 9 in the final period, while Breaw and Logan scored 11 points apiece, and Heuer netted 8 points to complete the scoring for Potter County. Strasburg-Zeeland also had three players in double figures, with Bubach netting 17 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, Wolf scoring 15 points and grabbing 7 boards, and Moser scoring 14 points with 4 rebounds and a game-high 7 steals for the Lady Clippers.
Potter County: Alli Lake 29, Alysyn Breaw 11, Sydney Logan 11, Tara Heuer 8.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Courtney Bubach 17, Ali Wolf 15, Brittany Moser 14, Brooke Scherr 4, Suzanne Ternes 2, Madelyn Kramer 2, Jennifer Wikenheiser 1.
3-Pointers: Potter County (6-17): Lake 4, Heuer 2, Strasburg-Zeeland (2-10): Bubach 2. Fouled Out: None.