Bobcats upend Lynx, 53-50


BROOKINGS – The Bobcats finally won a close one.

With the game tied at 50-50 and the shot clock running down, Megan Gilk let fly a 3-pointer from the corner that not only beat the buzzer, it beat Brandon Valley as Brookings prevailed, 53-50, for an Eastern South Dakota Conference win on Thursday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

The win pushed the ‘Cats’ season record to 8-7 overall and 8-5 in the ESD, plus it gave BHS head coach Lynn Frederick his 500th career victory.

“I think you go back to the process of telling the girls that it’s going to happen sooner or later,” said Frederick of his team winning a game that came down to the wire. “Tonight, we showed a lot of resilience – Brandon made a run and we got (the lead) back. Defensively, we did some things well – rebounding was huge for us tonight. Offensively, we were fairly efficient – I thought we moved the ball well; made shots when we needed to; and had a lot of key stops the last 3 minutes. I think that was the difference.

“That 500 means I’ve been coaching a long time and I told the players after the game that in my coaching career, it’s never been about me, it’s all about the players.

“What a great win; what a great effort for the 500th – I’ll always remember that.”

The Lynx led 16-13 after a quarter and built their lead to as many as seven, 22-15, before Brookings rallied to tie the game at 27-27 heading into the halftime intermission.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Felicity Klinkhammer and Trinity Law gave Brandon Valley another seven-point edge at 40-33 midway through the third and the Lynx were still up five, 44-39, through three quarters of play.

Grace Eggebrecht scored down low to open the final frame before Alli Gordon knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game for the sixth time – this time at 44-44 – less than 2 minutes into the fourth.

The teams traded points the rest of the way with Gilk draining a pair of free throws to give Brookings a 50-48 lead with 1:26 left to play.

Brandon Valley missed a 3-point attempt on its next possession before forcing a Bobcat turnover for another chance to tie or take the lead. Law was fouled and missed the front end of a bonus free throw, but another Brookings turnover led to Danica Kocer getting fouled and making both free throws to tie the game at 50-all with 43 seconds on the clock.

And then it was Gilk’s turn to shine as the senior guard got the ball in the corner by the Bobcat bench and calmly dropped the go-ahead 3-pointer to beat the shot clock.

The Lynx had 4.1 seconds to try to tie and force overtime, but their 3-point attempt was offline and Brookings got over the hump with the win.

Gilk finished with 11 points and three assists while Michaela Jewett netted 11 points, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots. Eggebrecht and Johanna Miller added six points apiece as Ava Burns and Gordon each finished with five points.

Klinkhammer had 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Lynx, who dropped to 11-5 and 9-3 in ESD.

On Saturday, the Bobcats travel to Sioux Falls to face O’Gorman in a nonconference clash that tips off at 7 p.m.

BROOKINGS 53, BRANDON VALLEY 50

Brandon Valley (11-5, 9-3 ESD)

Felicity Klinkhammer 3-4 0-0 9, Lexi Ellingson 1-5 4-4 6, Danica Kocer 4-10 5-7 15, Ashley Wells 0-5 0-0 0, Trinity Law 4-13 0-1 9, Andrea Cain 0-1 0-0 0, Mara Schaap 0-2 0-0 0, Emma Jarovski 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren Wells 1-3 0-0 2, Hannah Berens 3-9 3-3 9, Jazmyn Larson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-52 12-15 50.

Brookings (8-7, 8-5 ESD)

Grace Eggebrecht 3-3 0-1 6, Michaela Jewett 4-13 3-6 11, Megan Gilk 4-8 2-2 11, Carolyn Hieb 1-3 1-2 3, Ava Burns 2-5 0-0 5, Alli Gordon 1-1 2-2 5, Peyton Evans 2-3 0-1 4, Emma Hardin 0-0 2-2 2, Johanna Miller 2-7 2-2 6.

Brandon Valley 16  11  17    6  –  50

Brookings 13  14  12  14  –  53

3-point goals – BV 6-17 (Klinkhammer 3-4, Ellingson 0-1, Kocer 2-4, Wells 0-1, Law 1-4, Schaap 0-2, Behrens 0-1); B 3-10 (Jewett 0-4, Gilk 1-2, Hieb 0-2, Burns 1-1, Gordon 1-1). Rebounds – BV 31 (Klinkhammer 5, Kocer 5); B 34 (Jewett 9). Assists – BV 8 (Kocer 2, L. Wells 2); B 13 (Hieb 6). Steals – BV 10 (Kocer 2, A. Wells 2, Law 2, Schaap 2); B 7 (Evans 2). Blocks – BV 3 (Kocer, Law, Behrens); B 8 (Jewett 3, Evans 2, Miller 2, Hieb). Turnovers – BV 8; B 13. Total fouls – BV 17; B 12. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.

Photo: Brookings’ Megan Gilk knocks down a 3-pointer to give Brookings a 53-50 lead with 8 seconds remaining as the Bobcats beat the Lynx by that margin in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game Thursday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.


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