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Day 2: Winona girls survive thriller with Cotter

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.

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Cotter Ramblers

Day 1: Cotter girls use pressure defense to rout Lanesboro

The game was tied at ten early on, but the Cotter girls basketball team used a 27-6 to propel themselves to a 21-point halftime lead as they trounced Lanesboro 64-27 in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Friday.

The Ramblers played a suffocating, pressure defense all night, which created turnovers and easy offensive opportunities, which they capitalized on throughout the game. Ten different players scored for Cotter (3-5), four in double figures, led by Kirsten Weifenbach with 12, Gabby Bowlin had 11, and Leah Koll and Beth Parlin each finished with 10.

Cotter only allowed five players to score for Lanesboro (4-5), and only 15 total points to anyone not named Oliva Haug, who accounted for 12 points and six rebounds on the night.

Mikala Nelton paced the Ramblers on the boards with five, followed closely by Kaylin Zukowski and Parlin with four apiece.

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