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Tigers win thriller against Pierre in double overtime

Posted: Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

Huron’s Jazmin Newton puts up a shot against Pierre’s Sydney Palmer during the opening half of their game Tuesday at Huron Arena. Next, Huron’s Jessica Tschetter handles the ball on the perimeter against Pierre’s McKenna Halverson during their Eastern South Dakota Conference girls’ basketball game Tuesday. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Sophomore Jazmin Newton came up big for the Huron girls’ basketball team during a 57-52 victory in double overtime against the Pierre Lady Govs on Tuesday at Huron Arena.

The 5-foot-10 forward scored with four seconds to play in regulation to force overtime and then connected on a 3-pointer to send the game into a second overtime. She then snagged an offensive rebound and hit a pair of free throws to secure the win for the Tigers.

“It was a well-deserved win for the Tigers,” Huron coach Al Steffen said. “With the effort these girls gave tonight, they left it all on the floor.”

Pierre held a 15-12 lead at the end of the opening quarter, but Huron’s defense buckled down and held the Lady Govs to just five points in the second stanza. The Tigers carried a 23-20 advantage into the second half.

Pierre answered the bell for the start of the second half, scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter to regain the advantage at 33-25.

After snapping the streak, Huron faced a 36-30 deficit heading into the final quarter. The Tigers put together an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter.

Jacey Hupp started the rally with a field goal, Bailey Rathjen followed with a steal and a layup, Newton had a shot at a conventional 3-point play and Calla Rounds capped the run with a field to regain a 38-36 lead for Huron.

“We could’ve just layed down and died, but we hit some big shots and got some huge defensive stops,” Steffen said of his team’s play in the second half.

The two teams would then swap baskets until Newton scored to send it into overtime.

Pierre led throughout the duration of the four-minute overtime and looked to escape with the victory until Newton converted on a 3-pointer in the final seconds to force a second overtime.

The Tigers took their first lead since regulation play on a basket by Newton and Sarah Carr came up with a monster block, which resulted in a jump ball on the ensuing possession. The possession arrow gave the ball to the Huron and Rounds took advantage with a field goal to give the Tigers a 52-49 lead with 1:09 remaining on the clock.

After a missed 3-pointer by the Lady Govs, Huron used back-to-back free throws by Rathjen to stretch its lead to 54-49 with 43 seconds to play.

Pierre used a 3-pointer by Kaitlyn Severyn to pull back to within a basket, but Carr converted on 1 of 2 shots from the free-throw line to push the lead back to three points at 55-52.

Another missed 3-pointer by the Lady Govs gave Newton the opportunity to clinch the victory with a pair of free throws with 10 seconds to play and she did just that.

Newton finished with a game-high 22 points to lead the Tigers, who are now 3-4 after their second consecutive win. Rounds also reached double figures with 10 points, while Carr added nine points.

Huron outrebounded the Lady Govs 38-29, with Rounds pulling down 10 boards. Rathjen had team-high totals with six assists and five steals.

Pierre had four players reach double figures with Severyn and Katie Berg each scoring 13 points. Sydney Palmer and McKenna Halverson added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

“Pierre is a very good basketball team that has some players that have been together for quite awhile,” said Steffen. “We have a fairly young group, which is gaining a lot of experience. Hopefully, we can continue to get better with what we are doing.”

The Tigers will return to action Saturday with a home game against Brookings at 5:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader at Huron Arena.

Pierre 15 20 36 40 48 52

Huron 12 23 30 40 48 57

Pierre (3-2): Kaitlyn Severyn 5 2-2 13; McKenna Halverson 4 0-0 10; Katie Berg 5 2-3 13; Jory Mullen 1 2-2 4; Sydney Palmer 3 5-6 12. Totals: 18 11-13 52.

Huron (3-4): Bailey Rathjen 2 2-2 6; Jacey Hupp 1 3-4 5; Jazmin Newton 8 5-7 22; Calla Rounds 4 1-2 10; Sarah Carr 4 1-2 9; Lexi Eckmann 2 1-3 5. Totals: 21 13-20 57.

Rebounds: P 29 (Palmer 11); H 38 (Rounds 10). 3-point goals: P 5 (Halverson 2, Severyn 1, Berg 1, Palmer 1); H 2 (Newton 1, Rounds 1). Turnovers: P 19; H 25. Assists: P 5; H 12 (Rathjen 6). Steals: P 10 (Palmer 5); H 15 (Rathjen 5). Fouls: P 18 (Palmer, out); H 14.

For the complete article see the 01-08-2014 issue.

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