LqPV 45, YME 42

“We showed some inexperience,” said Yellow Medicine East head coach Ryan Bremmer following YME’s overtime loss to LqPV. His voiced then trailed off to a stage whisper before he looked away said, “And we had some experienced players not make good decisions.” Then, like a man discarding fate though he’s already forseen the outcome, Bremmer straightened and said resolutely, “We just have to keep working from here.”


LqPV 45, YME 42
“We showed some inexperience,” said Yellow Medicine East head coach Ryan Bremmer following YME’s overtime loss to LqPV. His voiced then trailed off to a stage whisper before he looked away said, “And we had some experienced players not make good decisions.” Then, like a man discarding fate though he’s already forseen the outcome, Bremmer straightened and said resolutely, “We just have to keep working from here.”

In the afterglow of the excitement which had moments before echoed through Espeland Gymnasium that moment belied the frustration and disappointment felt in YME’s late second half collapse which resulted in the end of their five game winning streak.

LqPV’s Kacey Struxness’s two free throws with 1:21 remaining in the extra session would only tie-off a Sting unraveling which began as fouls mounted on the Sting and rendered their half court trap and ball pressure ineffective. (YME would have 10 free throw attempts on 12 LqPV fouls as compared to LqPV’s 26 free throw attempts on more than 20 Sting fouls.) Consequently, senior guard Aimee Johnson would foul out with 1:45 to go in regulation.

YME looked lost without their floor leader and leading scorer, hence 36 seconds later the Sting would lose the lead and ultimately the contest as LqPV tied the game and battled a now visibly shaken YME squad into overtime eventually taking a three point lead, 45-42.
 

And with 6.3 seconds left on the clock, the ball on YME’s half and following a time out, the Sting would fumble and fail in getting off a last second three to force a second overtime.

Thus sending exhausted players off the floor solemnly and forcing disappointed fans from Espeland Gymnasium into the cold to analyze the games final minutes amongst themselves. 

LqPV (4-2, 4-3) 21 18 6 — 45
YME (3-2, 5-2)      21 18 3 — 42

Lac qui Parle Valley— 13-48 FG (1-4 3-pt); 16-26 FT; 32 rebounds; 12 fouls
Scoring: Micaela Erickson 13, Amanda Broine 3, Jen Kack 5, Mackenzie Clark 2, Becky Grube 5, Kacey Struxness 11, Jordan Halvorson 6 3-point shots: Kack 1 Rebound leaders: Erickson 8, Halvorson 7, Struxness 6 Assist leaders: none Steal leaders: Struxness 5, Kack 5

Yellow Medicine East— 17 FG (1 3-pt); 7-10 FT; 29 rebounds; 22 fouls
Scoring: Steph Larson 6, Aimee Johnson 15, Emily Krogstad 3, Lauren Trudel 8, Emily Baker 3, Angie Scheffler 7 3-point shots: Krogstad 1 Rebound leaders: Baker 11  Assist leaders: none Steal leaders: Johnson 8