The Kasson-Mantorville girls basketball team held a commanding 35-19 lead at the halftime, but had to hold off a Winona charge in the second half for a 69-61 win in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Monday.
K-M (10-0), ranked fifth in the 1AAA state poll, got a game-high 26 points from Cori Kennedy, while Kristin Scott finished with 16.
Winona (4-4), coming off of a dramatic three-point victory over crosstown rival Cotter on Saturday night, were led by Maria Appicelli’s 24 points. Abby Winter added nine and Hallee Hoeppner tossed in eight.
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The build-up for the match-up between the Winona Senior High School and Cotter girls at the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament was palpable, and it lived up to the hype.
WSHS coach Tim Gleason, player Hallee Hoeppner and Cotter coach Pat Bowlin spoke with HBC Sports’ Ty Schwartzlow about what it meant for the two schools to finally square off and gauge their thoughts on what was the best game of the 2014 tournament so far and an instant classic.
It was a game that brought with it much anticipation, and the result on the floor was worth the wait.
The Winona Senior High School girls basketball team held two double-digit leads throughout the game only to have Cotter make a push, but in the end, it was Winona which emerged with a nail-biting 51-48 victory in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Saturday.
Winona (4-3) scored the first twelve points of the game and looked as though they might pull away for a lopsided victory, but thanks to 12 points from Gabby Bowlin in the first half, the two teams headed into the locker room tied at 23-23.
The Winhawks controlled most of the second half, building a 14-point advantage with just over five minutes to play on the strength of 21 points from Hallee Hoeppner and 10 from Danneka Voegeli, but Cotter (3-6) kept whittling away, getting key turnovers over the game’s final few minutes to pull within three.
Abby Winter hit a pair of crucial free throws with about 13.2 seconds to play before Bowlin hit a 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left to pull the Ramblers within two, 50-48. Hoeppner then made one of two free throws with 0.6 seconds to go, but Bowlin couldn’t get a three-quarters heave off to which sealed the win for Winona.
Bowlin finished with a game-high 23 points and Kelly Vaselaar added eight for Cotter.
Winter led WSHS with five rebounds, which Mikala Nelton and Kirsten Weifenbach equaled for the Ramblers.
For a DVD copy of this instant classic, simply visit hbci.com/store for details.