Cougars' win over Bison comes in final seconds
Hazen senior Elise Hintz got the Bison loyal screaming when she tied the Region 7 quarterfinal game against the Heart River girls basketball team at 47 with just 10 seconds remaining in the game. With the Hazen defense pressuring the Cougar ball ...
Hazen senior Elise Hintz got the Bison loyal screaming when she tied the Region 7 quarterfinal game against the Heart River girls basketball team at 47 with just 10 seconds remaining in the game. With the Hazen defense pressuring the Cougar ball handler, it seemed the game would go to overtime, but the whistle blew with 2.6 seconds left. Heart River senior Bayli Krance had been fouled.
Krance's two made free throws sealed the Cougars' 49-47 win over Hazen on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"Two teams were just going at it. They played smart," Hazen head coach John Ward said of the Cougars. "They didn't make the mistakes that we did."
With two minutes to go, Hazen (15-8) held a 40-32 lead. With their season on the line, the Cougars (16-6) broke out into a 13-0 run, giving them a 45-40 advantage with 45 seconds left to play.
"It's us four seniors on the court with someone else usually," Olson said. "We knew that if we lost, that would be our last game ever. So we just said, 'Let's just give it our all. Let's look back with no regrets.'"
Those four seniors of Olson, Krance, Bailey Boltz and Ashlyn Privratsky, were the only scorers for the Cougars. Boltz and Krance contributed 10 points while Privratsky netted 11.
Olson netted a team-high 18 points, 12 of which were shot from the foul line. She also added a team-leading seven steals, which helped limit the Bison in the final frame.
"That was really big," Heart River head coach Gary Ballard said. "That senior class, they seem to have that knack of stepping up when we really need them."
Heart River 49, Hazen 47
H 9 11 10 17
HR 14 3 10 22
H: Elise Hintz 18, Raquel Doll 15, McKenzie Walters 6, Grace Zimmerman 4, Tia Borneman 2, Hannah Sailer 2.
HR: Bailey Olson 18, Ashlyn Privratsky 11, Bailey Boltz 10, Bayli Krance 10.
3-pointers: H 4-15 (Hintz 2-6), HR 4-20 (Krance 2-3). Free throws: H 5-8, HR 19-29. Total fouls: H 21, HR 11. Fouled out: H Kameri Olson. Rebounds: H 44 (Doll 13), HR 30 (Privratsky 7). Assists: H 3 (Zimmerman 2), HR 3 (Laken Jacobson, Caylee Wilke, Afton Shypkoski). Steals: H 7 (Doll 2), HR 12 (Olson 7). Blocks: H 1 (Zimmerman). Turnovers: H 19, HR 6. Records: H 15-8, HR 16-6.