With the game tied and less than two seconds left in regulation, Bridget Bednar stole an inbounds pass at midcourt and heaved it toward the basket.
It was about the only miss for the Pierz senior in the final stages against visiting Kimball Area, Jan. 30, as she almost single-handedly willed the Pioneers back from a 15-point second-half deficit to a 57-52 overtime victory.
After falling behind 40-25, Pierz closed within a possession with 6:35 remaining after a stretch in which Bednar scored 11 of the team’s 13 points, eventually going ahead 50-49 on a basket by junior Kayla Carter with 54 seconds left.
Kimball tied the game on a free throw with 15 seconds left, but had the potential go-ahead attempt rim out, before each team missed one last chance before overtime.
At that point, the game felt all but decided for Pierz.
“I told the team in OT we had the momentum going in because we came back from 15 down,” Pierz head coach Rich Teske said. “We took that momentum to get the win.
“We made our comeback by pressing them and getting turnovers into easy baskets,” he said. “When the game was close, we just played good basketball.”
The win completed a season sweep for Pierz over Kimball.
“I was never really worried and I thought we could come back and win,” Teske said. “It is always nice to get a win when you are down big and pull it out in the end.”
Bednar also pulled down 12 rebounds and made 11 steals to go with her 27 points, giving her a triple-double.
“When Bridget was rolling the way she was we wanted to get her the ball,” Teske said. “She could not miss. We still stuck with our offense, but she wanted to make sure she touched the ball.”
Carter followed with 16 points and seven rebounds, junior Talyre Boser put up nine points and six rebounds, junior Kendra Fischer tallied four points and seven rebounds and senior Kailey Egan had four assists.
Pioneers tripped up
by EVW, Melrose
Pierz dropped its next two contests, falling 68-47 at Eden Valley-Watkins (EVW), Jan. 31 and 71-59 at Melrose Area, Monday.
Bednar scored 12 points, Carter had 10, senior Tiara Hopkins put in nine and Boser had eight for Pierz against EVW, with Carter and Hopkins each snatching 10 rebounds.
Pierz stuck within two points of Melrose at halftime, but the Dutchmen’s leading trio proved too much, scoring 63 of their 71. points.
Carter piled up 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting for Pierz, followed by Bednar with nine and Fischer with six.
Bednar also had eight rebounds and five assists.
Huskers split CMC games
Holdingford split a pair of Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) home games during the week, defeating Maple Lake 48-29, Jan. 30, before falling 55-49 to Rockford Area, Monday.
Senior Joelle Ertl put on a dominant display against Maple Lake, racking up 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, including 5-of-11 from three-point range, as well as 11 rebounds.
Ertl scored another 25 points versus Rockford.
Senior Sam Maciej added eight points, junior Chelsey Gerads had seven and senior Jodi Middendorf collected four points and nine rebounds.