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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Hoehne’s buzzer-beater sends T-Hawks into overtime win

  • It was a pair of nail-biting wins for the Monte­video girls basketball team as the Thunder Hawks scored narrow conference wins over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and Minnewaska.
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  • It was a pair of nail-biting wins for the Monte­video girls basketball team as the Thunder Hawks scored narrow conference wins over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and Minnewaska.
    The T-Hawks, who are now 3-1 in the conference and 3-2 overall, will play MACCRAY on Friday at Clara City in their final game before the new year.
    Sauk Centre 72, Monte 32
    Ashley Hoehne had never made or even attempted a three-point shot in a varsity game before. She made one on Friday night, and it was a big one.
    The senior forward swished a three-pointer from the top of the circle at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, and the Montevideo girls went on to score an improbable 55-49 home win over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta.
    After taking a 10-0 early lead, Montevideo turnovers enabled the Tigers to get back into the game and they took their first lead of the game at 30-28 with 12:55 to play.
    Things looked bleak for Montevideo when Beth Holland, who scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half, made a three-point play for the Tigers with 1:42 remaining for a 42-37 Tigers lead.
    Jessie Janisch made a steal and basket with 37 seconds left and she hit two free throws with 24 seconds to go. The Tigers missed four of their last six free throws, including a pair with 8.7 seconds left that could have iced the game.
    The T-Hawks’ Chelsey Hass dribbled up the court and got the ball to Hoehne whose shot just beat the buzzer.
    Montevideo controlled the overtime after Nikki Erickson made a baseline drive for a layup and three throw that put the T-Hawks ahead for good at 47-45. The T-Hawks made their final seven free throws in overtime.
    “It was exciting,” said Hoehne, who led the T-Hawks with 21 points. “The pass from Chelsey gave me the open look for the shot. It was a great team effort and a memorable win.”
    Monte 63, Minnewaska 60
    After leading 36-28 at halftime, the Thunder Hawks had to hold off a late Lakers rally for a three-point win Tuesday at Minnewaska.
    The Lakers had chances to tie the game in the final minute before Nikki Erick­son hit a pair of free throws for the Thunder Hawks and Minnewaska missed a last-second, desperation shot.
    Erickson had a career-high 18 points. Abby Olson added 11 points and eight rebounds.
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