Dasia Potter’s 3-pointer from the deep corner with .8 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime for Minnesota West and the Lady Jays went on to prevail over North Dakota State College of Science, 105-101, on Thursday night.
Minnesota West improved to 13-1 on the season with the win and picked up a huge triumph against a Division I scholarship program that lost for just the third time this year in 14 games. NDSCS was plagued so much by fouls it was forced to play two against five for the last half of overtime; seven Wildcats dressed for the game.
Madisyn Huisman had a huge night offensively for the Lady Jays as she scored 33 points. Tia Murray added 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Dannyn Peterson contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hatti DeVires had 12 points off the bench for Minnesota West.
The Lady Jays trailed by seven at halftime and by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter before they clawed their way back. They next play at noon Saturday at home against Iowa Central.
The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team captured the Fergus Falls Holiday Classic on Thursday by defeating the host Otters, 51-41.
Kaleb Knothe led the Trojans with 16 points while Jacari Swinea added 11 points and Marenono Opiew 10. WHS, which trailed by two at halftime, limited Fergus Falls to just 17 points in the second half. The Trojans also helped themselves by making 20-of-27 from the free throw line and shot well from the line in the closing minutes.
Knothe, Marenono Opiew and Abagotte Opiew were all named to the all-tournament team. WHS is now 5-1 on the season.
In area girls basketball Thursday, it was:
Cedar Mountain 56, Adrian-Ellsworth 53
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 53, Red Rock Central 24
Pipestone Area 76, Murray County Central 53
Minneota 65, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 52
Luverne 76, Jackson County Central 39
In boys basketball:
Cedar Mountain 64, Red Rock Central 51
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 62, Wabasso 35
Fairmont 56, NRHEG 54
In boys hockey:
Albert Lea 5, Windom Area 3
Fairmont 4, Mora-Milaca 3
Dodge County 5, Luverne 1