There are games that start close and end close.
Not many that Pierz plays in, though.
The Pioneers, no strangers to rollercoaster games, rallied from a late first-half deficit to tie the game at the break, went ahead by as many as 17 in the second half, then held on for a thrilling 71-70 win over visiting Maple Lake, Tuesday.
Junior Kayla Carter put up 23 points and 10 rebounds, senior Tiara Hopkins posted 15 points and 16 rebounds and junior Kendra Fischer had 13 points and 10 rebounds to all finish with double-doubles.
Senior Kailey Egan and junior Talyre Boser each knocked down a pair of threes and finished with eight points, while Egan also distributed six assists.
The win turned the tables on an earlier 71-48 Maple Lake win over Pierz, Jan. 14.
Pioneers avenge earlier
defeat to Huskers
Pierz sprinted to a 40-23 halftime lead, then cruised in the second half to a 65-52 win at Holdingford, Feb. 13, gaining a season split with the Huskers.
Carter hit 12-of-16 shots from the field to finish with 28 points, joined in double figures by Hopkins with 17 and senior Bridget Bednar with 12.
Hopkins grabbed 11 rebounds and Carter hauled in 10 to both finish with double-doubles.
Senior Joelle Ertl shouldered the bulk of the scoring load for Holdingford, putting in 35 points.
Holdingford bounces back
Holdingford regrouped by clipping host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 63-59, Tuesday.
Senior Sam Maciej scored 21 points, Ertl had 19 points and nine assists and senior Jodi Middendorf chipped in 12 points for the Huskers.