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Yankton edges Lady Lynx in 3rd place game
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 05. 2013 3:29PM
Brandon Valley’s injury-illness-turnover filled girl’s basketball season came to an end in the District 2AA third place game Thursday night at the Summit Activities Center in Yankton, where the Gazelles had just a little more offense than the Lynx in the 44-41 outcome.

“Our effort was good enough to get a win, but they hustled and made a few more plays than we did,” is how Lynx head coach Mark Stadem summed up the season-ending loss.

Both teams had a flurry of turnovers to start the game – 10 combined – before either squad began to find any sort of offensive groove. The Lynx, behind the firepower of Allie Koehn’s 18 points, built an 11-6 lead by the quarter’s end.

Senior Val Peltier picked off a steal and made the Gazelles pay with an ensuing 3-pointer to increase the Lady Lynx lead to seven, 14-6. But Yankton’s Kelsey Fitzgerald, who finished with 15 points, answered with a quick dribble move to the basket for a 14-9 game. Fitzgerald narrowed the gap to two (15-23) on a lay-up before Koehn ended a Gazelle run on a jumper to put the Lynx back up by four, 17-13. Mikala Hora, who had 13 points in the win, connected on a 3-pointer. But once again, the Lady Lynx responded, and this time it was junior Becca Long from long range, to give the Lynx a 20-16 lead at the break.

The Gazelles took charge of the third quarter by going on a 7-0 run to take over the lead, 23-20.

Once again, Koehn ended the Gazelle streak with a driving lay-up. Seconds later, she nailed a deep 3-pointer. But the Gazelles wouldn’t go away, and it would take another Koehn 3-pointer just before the quarter’s end to bring the Lynx within two, 34-32.

It was a back-and-forth battle at the start of the fourth quarter before Brandon Valley knotted the game at 40-all with 2:20 left to play.

With less than a minute to go, the Gazelles maneuvered a defensive stop that allowed Morgan Tessier a lay-up and the 44-41 lead.

Once again, the game plan was to put the ball in the hands of team leader – Koehn – who was heavily guarded by Yankton’s Fitzgerald. The defensive effort forced a missed 3-pointer and was the end to Brandon Valley’s season.

“This might have been one of our best defensive performances in a while,” said Stadem, whose team ends the year at 4-18. “The girls really got after it but the difference in the game was the beginning of both halves.”

The Lady Lynx had eight turnovers in their first nine possessions, he noted.

“Give them credit, they hit some shots to start the second half and down the stretch to win the game for them,” he said.

In addition to Koehn’s 18, Carley Kueter scored 10 points.

The Gazelles had the edge on the glass, 30-19. Koehn led the effort with seven; Kueter had five.

The Lynx recorded two assists, 20 turnovers, one blocked shot and 12 steals. Yankton had nine assists, 19 turnovers, four blocked shots and 11 steals.

Brandon Valley 11 20 32 41
Yankton 6 16 34 44

BrandonValley: Brynne Rist 1-3 0-1 2; Brooke Merry 0-0 0-0 0; Val Peltier 1-5 0-0 2; Jordyn Griffith 1-2 0-0 2; Allie Koehn 6-16 3-6 18; Kara Schroeder 0-1 0-0 0; Taylor Thorson 2-3 0-1 4; Becca Long 1-2 1-2 3; Carley Kueter 3-6 0-0 10. Totals: 15-38 4-11 41.

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