BLUE HILL – The Southern Valley-Blue Hill girls basketball was a sloppy, turnover-fillled game, but culminated in an exciting finish where Southern Valley’s Cassi Bose hit a game winning turnaround hook shot with 11 seconds remaining to propel the Eagles past Blue Hill.
The game winning shot, which came after a Blue Hill miss and Southern Valley timeout, occurred on a designed play that was successful earlier in the game for the Eagles.
“Well we wanted to run the clock down prior to the timeout and then when we got down on the baseline, we got kind of tied up and I wanted to draw that inbound pass,” Southern Valley Head Coach Heath Birkel said. “It was one we ran earlier in the game and we wanted to go into Cassie Bosse, because she had been scoring really well inside tonight and she had also been shooting good free throws.”
Blue Hill Head Coach Tim Stref felt he knew what Southern Valley would want to do on the inbound pass, but explained his team just failed to execute defensively.
“We tried to keep an eye on No. 24 (Savanna Quinn) on the perimeter, but we figured they would go inside,” he said. “We didn’t help inside very well.”
Both teams went scoreless for over three minutes to open the game, but Blue Hill Freshman opened the scoring with a basket at the 4:45 mark. Sophomore Halee Kohmetscher nabbed a rebound and finished a basket, then later in the quarter converted a fast-break layup to put the Bobcats up 6-2.
Southern Valley answered with baskets from Junior Savanna Quinn and Tia Norman to take a one-point lead with two minutes remaining. Quinn, who finished with six first quarter points and a game-high 17 points, banked a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Eagles up 12-10 after one quarter.
The second quarter was filled with sloppy play, an excessive of fouls and plenty of turnovers, as each team committed seven turnovers in the quarter alone. Blue Hill Junior Kenzie Hubl, who finished with six second-quarter points and a team-high 15 points, recorded a steal and finished the layup to regain the lead for Bobcats.
Later in the quarter, Quinn recorded a steal and finished a layup of her own to put the Eagles up by one. Quinn and Norman scored on back-to-back possessions to put Southern Valley up two. The game was tied 21-21 at halftime.
Blue Hill came out in the third quarter clicking offensively and jumped out to 27-22 lead, thanks to baskets from Freshman Rylee Kohmetscher and Jamie Bonifas, who combined for 14 points on the night. Quinn scored a basket, both teams traded turnovers and Quinn scored again to cut the Bobcat lead to two late in the third quarter.
Blue Hill led 32-30 after three quarters.
“Defensively we usually show up and do a good job every night, so that was alright,” he said. “Our initial defense was good, we made them take tough shots, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds.”
Even though both teams combined for just seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, the quarter began with a turnover from both teams. Quinn drained a deep three-pointer to cut the Bobcat lead to just one. Hubl finished a fast-break layup and on the following possession made a jumper to extend the Blue Hill lead to seven.
Cassi Bose, who finished with 14 points and shot 6-of-9 from the free throw line, scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter. She nabbed a rebound and scored inside and on the following possession, made two free throws to cut the Bobcat lead to one.
Hubl made two free throws at the 2:40 that put Blue Hill up 45-44. Bose made a free throw to tie the game at 45, before both teams traded turnovers. Halee Kohmetscher missed a jumper and Southern Valley secured the rebound and called a timeout with 17.6 seconds left and the game tied.
Following the timeout, the Eagles inbounded the ball and passed it to Bose on the right block. She gave a slight fake over her right shoulder, before making a turnaround, half hook shot to put Southern Valley up 47-45.
Near chaos ensued on Blue Hill’s last possession, with two girls attempting shots, but both ended in a mad scramble and Southern Valley hung on to win.
Stref voiced his frustration with his team’s lack of composure throughout the game saying, “Obviously I’m disappointed with the loss, but I’m more disappointed with our lack of composure. For the entire 32 minutes we let little things bother us and that really affected our game.”
Southern Valley (47)
Cassi Bose 4-10 6-9 14 HaiLee Linner 0-5 0-0 0 Becca Lennemann 1-6 1-4 3 Savanna Quinn 7-12 0-1 17 Logan Becker 4-10 3-4 11 Jordan Taylor 0-1 0-0 0 Tia Norman 1-3 0-2 2
Blue Hill (45)
Kenzie Hubl 5-9 5-7 15 Yuriko Hernandez-Piel 1-11 2-2 4 Halee Kohmetscher 2-9 1-6 5 Lindsey Hafer 2-3 1-1 5 Rylee Kohmetscher 2-3 1-1 5 Jamie Bonifas 4-11 2-3 9 Emily Meyer 1-3 0-0 2