Huron girls hold off Brookings for 53-44 win

Sean Welsh/Register: Brookings’ Allie Clark drops in a shot during the Bobcats’ 53-44 loss to Huron on Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium. She finished with nine points.

Bobcat boys edge Tigers 37-36 on road

BROOKINGS – Huron scored the final nine points of the third quarter to take the lead for good and held off the Bobcats for a 53-44 Eastern South Dakota Conference girls’ basketball victory Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

Brookings’ Ainsley Shelsta posted a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds.

The Tigers’ Hamtyn Heinz hit a 3-pointer with 3:14 left in the third period.

Heavan Gainey and Isabelle Ellwein added buckets and Heinz knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 38-29 heading to the fourth.

Another Ellwein basket left the score at 40-29 with 7 minutes remaining in the game.

Brookings countered with an 8-0 spurt, getting a trio of buckets from Shelsta and another from Landree Wilson to cut the deficit to 40-37 with 4:58 showing on the clock.

But that would be as close as the Bobcats would get.

Brooke Schiltz ended the run with a basket at the 4:22 mark, making it 42-37. Shelsta hit a free throw on the other end but Ellwein’s trey with 2:17 left gave the visitors a 45-38 cushion.

Huron made all eight of its free-throw attempts over the final 78 seconds to seal the deal. 

“It came down to a couple things,” said BHS coach Mitch McLagan. “I thought our girls played really hard. We executed what we wanted to defensively.

“We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first half. But gosh, I thought we played pretty well and moved the basketball better offensively.

“It was good to get Landree going again.

“And then, we missed a lot of free throws and they made a lot of free throws. Tip your cap – not many teams can shoot that way from the free-throw line, and they did it tonight and it was the difference in the game.”

The Tigers shot just 29.6% (16-of-54) from the field, including an 8-of-35 clip from deep, but finished 13-of-14 at the line.

Gainey notched a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds for Huron (9-8).

Heinz totaled 11 points, six assists and five boards. Isabella Shreeve (seven rebounds) and Ellwein, a reserve, both chipped in with 10 markers. Schiltz had six points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Wilson ended up with 15 points, seven boards and three steals for the ‘Cats, who were 33.3% (18-of-54) from the floor.

Allie Clark had nine points and three dimes. Claire Burns dished out five assists.

Huron led 16-8 after a quarter and Ellwein buried a 3 to get the second-quarter scoring underway.

Wilson hit three consecutive long-range shots, Clark added a bucket and Wilson added a breakaway layup following a steal to put Brookings ahead 22-19.

The Bobcats took a 24-22 lead into intermission.

Brookings (2-15) plays at Watertown on Friday at 7 p.m.

HURON 53, BROOKINGS 44

Huron (9-8)

Alexis Feenstra 1-4 0-0 2, Brooke Schiltz 3-5 0-0 6, Isabella Shreeve 2-17 4-4 10, Hamtyn Heinz 2-6 5-6 11, Heavan Gainey 4-11 2-2 12, Bryn Huber 0-0 0-0 0, Lexy Gilbert 0-1 2-2 2, Mattie Huber 0-0 0-0 0, Isabelle Ellwein 4-10 0-0 10, Brooklyn Boetel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-54 13-14 53.

Brookings (2-15)

Claire Burns 0-1 0-0 0, Haley Sampson 0-3 0-0 0, Ainsley Shelsta 9-21 2-10 20, Allie Clark 3-11 1-2 9, Landree Wilson 6-17 0-0 15, Bailey Waterman 0-1 0-0 0, Jaden Devine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 3-12 44.

Huron        16    6  16  15    53

Brookings   8  16    5  15    44

3-point goals – H 8-35 (Gainey 2-5, Heinz 2-6, Ellwein 2-7, Shreeve 2-15, Feenstra 0-2), B 5-20 (Wilson 3-7, Clark 2-9, Burns 0-1, Waterman 0-1, Sampson 0-2). Rebounds – H 41 (Gainey 12), B 38 (Shelsta 20). Assists – H 13 (Heinz 6), B 10 (Burns 5). Steals – H 7 (Schultz 3), B 6 (Wilson 2). Blocks – H 0, B 1 (Shelsta 1). Turnovers – H 14, B 15. Total fouls – H 13, B 14. Fouled out – Sampson. Technical fouls – none.

BOYS

 Brookings 37, Huron 36

HURON – Nick Schefers’ layup with 12 seconds remaining lifted the Bobcats to a 37-36 defeat of the Tigers in an ESD matchup Tuesday night at Huron Arena.

The senior finished with 17 points, going 5-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 at the foul line.

Henry Hammrich added six points.

It was just 3-1 after a quarter in favor of Brookings and the visitors led 13-8 at halftime. Huron grabbed a 24-20 advantage heading to the fourth.

Brookings shot 30% (12-of-40) from the floor and Huron ended up at 32.6% (14-of-43).

The Bobcats outscored the Tigers 12-1 at the free-throw line.

Huron dropped to 2-15.

Brookings (3-13) closes the regular season with a three-game homestand, beginning with a game versus Watertown on Friday at 7 p.m.

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