ARMSTRONG - Whitney Kibbie made a pair of free throws at 2:45 in overtime to give the Emmetsburg E'Hawks a 42-40 lead over the North Union Warriors in Iowa Class 2A, Region 1 semifinal basketball action on Tuesday in Armstrong.
Kibbie, along with her teammates, made their final 14 points from the charity stripe to cap a 49-44 overtime win.
"We told our girls that rebounding would be huge, and that when they got the ball, they needed to be strong and ready to shoot free throws," said Emmetsburg head coach Anna Fiene.
SMOTHERING DEFENSE — North Union’s Cheyanne Boland (left) applies tight defensive pressure on Emmetsburg’s Whitney Kibbe during Iowa Class 2A, Region 1 semifinal basketball action Tuesday night in Armstrong. Photo by Leanna Becker
Emmetsburg (4-18) advances to face Okoboji (16-6) in the Class 2A, Region 1 final on Friday in Milford, Iowa.
North Union finishes the season at 14-8.
With the E'Hawks trailing by three with just over a minute left in regulation, sophomore Alexa Naig drove to the hoop and drew the foul, going to the line for the one-and-one situation.
Naig swished the pair of free throws to reduce North Union's lead to with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing Warrior possession, North Union junior Aurora Oliver was fouled and went to the line with 39 seconds on the clock.
Naig snagged the rebound for the E'Hawks on the front end of Oliver's one-and-one opportunity and was fouled on a jumper outside the lane with just 19 seconds remaining.
The Emmetsburg sophomore made her second free throw to tie the game at 40 and sent the game into overtime.
In the extra frame, the E'Hawks held the Warriors scoreless until the final 30 seconds, while tallying nine points on free throws.
"I thought we needed to play great man-to-man defense. We switched on everything and we knew we'd need rebounds to finish off the game," said Fiene.
Jasmine Clausen finally managed to get the Warriors on the board with 29 seconds remaining when she sank a 3 from the corner to put the home team back within five, 48-43.
Unfortunately for North Union, Kibbie made one of her two free throws during the next E'Hawks possession to extend the lead back to six points.
The Warriors' Cheyanne Boland later converted one of two free throws to make it 49-44.
North Union grabbed its first lead with 45 seconds remaining in the opening half when Boland sank a pair of free throws on an Emmetsburg technical foul, making it 19-17.
"I think we came out a little slow, I think part of it was jitters in a playoff game," said North Union head coach Merle Tigges. "Free throws ended up being a big difference in the game though. If we make our free throws, we win that game."
The E'Hawks took the lead back, outscoring the Warriors 12-7 in the third quarter.
With 2:48 remaining in the game, Oliver hit a 3 and Madison Bollig sank a layup to make it 36-35 in North Union's favor.
Sarah Rolling extended that lead with a steal and a layup off the full-court press, making it 38-35 with 1:28 remaining.
Ashton Connelly scored a team-leading 15 points, while Naig finished with 14 points - 10 coming from the free throw line for the E'Hawks.
Kibbie made 4 of 8 from the free throw line in part of an 11-point performance for Emmetsburg.
Clausen and Oliver each tallied a team-leading 13 points for the Warriors.
North Union made 6 of 15 from the charity stripe, and went 16-for-43 from the floor.
Fairmont 60, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 26 - Kristen Campe netted 19 points to pace a balanced scoring attack to help the Cardinals flatten the Knights, 60-26, during nonconference action Tuesday night in Lake Crystal.
Madison Geerdes scored 11 points for Fairmont, Alex Christianson tallied 10 points, while Sierra Schultz collected six points and five rebounds.
Kayla Lardy pulled down 10 rebounds to complement four points and four steals for the Cardinals; Emily Kim delivered four points, three assists and three steals; while Courtney Mosloski chipped in four points and four boards.
Fairmont made 26 of 56 shots from 2-point range, only 1 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc and 5 of 10 at the free throw line.
Megan Schroeder scored a game-best 21 points for LCWM.
Fairmont (10-12) plays host to St. James on Thursday.
Cassidy Krusemark scored 15 points to power Fairmont to a 46-21 victory over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial during B-squad action Tuesday in Lake Crystal.
Courtney Mosloski netted 11 points for the Cardinals, Emily Kim scored 10 points, while Sydney Glienke pocketed four steals.
Marisa Nelson and Sophie Brau each scored eight points to steer Fairmont to a 37-24 victory over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial during C-squad action Tuesday in Lake Crystal.
Marissa Voss added seven points to Fairmont's winning ways.
Blue Earth Area 58, Maple River 24 - Krista Hassing generated 16 points, three assists and three steals to engineer the Bucs' 34-point non-league rout of the Eagles on Tuesday in Blue Earth.
Taylor Grandgenett scored 10 points for Blue Earth Area, Jenna Stevermer tallied seven points, Whitney Pirsig pulled down seven rebounds, while Kaitlyn Olsen chipped in six steals and three assists.
The Bucs made 22 of 47 shots from 2-point range, 2 of 9 from behind the 3-point line and 8 of 14 at the charity stripe.
Blue Earth Area (13-6) travels to Trimont on Friday to face Martin County West.
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Granada-Huntley-East Chain 56, St. James 41 - Rachel Shumski delivered a game-best 20 points and blocked three shots to steer the Mustangs to a 56-41 nonconference victory over the Saints on Tuesday night at East Chain School.
Amanda Cegelske contributed solid all-around numbers of 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals to GHEC's winning ways.
Anna Balcom made 10 points, seven boards and five steals, while Alex Stennes pulled down seven rebounds for the Mustangs.
Julia Beckius and Aryn Eckstrom each scored 10 points to top St. James.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (14-6) plays host to Nicollet on Friday at East Chain School.
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Worthington 72, Martin County West 58 - Paige Gravenhof scored 19 points to help the Trojans corral the Mavericks, 72-58, during nonconference action Tuesday night in Worthington.
Ana Boever scored 18 points for Worthington, which made 13 of 18 free throws on the game.
Taryn Tumbleson produced a game-high 22 points to complement eight rebounds and four assists for MCW.
Kate Thiesse supplied 13 points and five steals for the Mavericks, who hit 24 of 57 field goals and 9 of 12 free throws on the game.
Martin County West (19-4) plays host to Blue Earth Area on Friday in Trimont.