The scrappy nature of a Pipestone Area vs. Redwood Valley girls’ basketball game was not disrupted Friday night in Pipestone.
The outcome of this second fixture of the home/away series and opener of a Big South Conference girl/boy doubleheader in Pipestone wasn’t truly decided until the final horn, with the Arrows securing a 49-39 victory – due in large part to tallying the final seven markers of the night in the closing minute and nine seconds.
“It was not pretty, again; it wasn’t pretty last time we played them, but again, if you hold teams to 40 points, you’re going to win a lot of games,” Pipestone Area head coach Grant Everson said. “Our offense wasn’t clicking tonight, but you have to look at the positives; the defense was there. We got into foul trouble and a few calls didn’t go our way, but the defense came through with stops when we needed them.”
And the Arrows (10-7, 6-4 conf.) needed one with six minutes to play, as Kylee Larsen (12 points, six rebounds), Cali Johnson (six points) and Kendall Hunerkock (nine points, six rebounds) combined for six unanswered points to pull the visitors to within a pair of buckets at 37-33. Despite a brief response from Jadyn Kor.
Hunerkock’s ensuing pair of efforts was off mark and PAS senior post Arinn McGee (nine points, 10 rebounds, five blocks) gobbled up the rebounds. Jadyn Kor (nine points, two assists) and McGee combined for three points off the misses, before Johnson and Hunerkock could pull the visitors to within a tally (40-37) with two from the foul line and a field goal, respectively.
With time running out, the Cardinals were forced to be more aggressive, sending Aubrea Kor (nine points, six assists) to the foul line for a 1-and-1 opportunity with 2:29 to play. The senior canned the pair and only Hunerkock would locate the cylinder over the remaining seconds. And McGee and Jadyn Kor combined for seven points between them to close out the tilt.
Overall, the game had the expected stuttered progression often seen at Big South Conference clashes.
“I thought there were a couple of possessions in a row where we got out into transition… where we got good looks,” Everson said. “Overall, we have to be a step quicker, in transition, offense, defense, we just have to be a little quicker – felt a little sluggish tonight.”
That offensive stint came directly after the Cardinals made quick moves to open the second half. Looking to chip away at the 26-19 halftime deficit, the Cards saw Larsen sink six straight on the back of a three-pointer from Hailyn Ourada.
Pipestone’s answer started with a kickout trey by Madelyn Wiese (six points) from the left corner and followed up by Jadyn Kor’s dribble-drive bucket, a Taryn Tuinstra (six points, five rebounds) three-pointer and 1-of-2 from the line by Aubrea Kor – extending the host’s lead to 10 points (37-27) with nine minutes to play.
The first half saw the Hubbling sisters feature for the Arrows, as Kyla Hubbling (five rebounds, two steals) knocked down each of her 10 total points in the game and Kayla Hubbling got into the mix for two rebounds, four steals and three assists in working her way back from injury.
“I feel good for her to get back in there, getting back from these injuries, and I know she’s been dying to play,” Everson said. “So, we’ll take it slow like we need to, couple-minute stretches here and there. It’s huge to have her back and we’ll see how she gets into the mix and how and where she’ll fit in with the flow. Overall, it’s great to have her back on the floor.”
In combination with Tuinstra, Wiese, Aubrea Kor and Kyla Hubbling helped the Arrows break an 8-all deadlock 10:25 prior to the interval – lifting the hosts to a 21-13 lead. And over the final 2:21 of the half, Aubrea Kor and Kyla Hubbling each knocked down a field goal to put PAS up 26-16 at the break.
While the tilt wasn’t much of a viewing spectacle, the Arrows still managed to shoot 39 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from three-point range. The Cards won a close battle on the boards 34-32, but shot extremely poor form the perimeter (1-of-14).
All said, Coach Everson was pleased to come out of the contest with a victory.
“Yeah, for sure; the big positive is we’re off the losing streak, and let’s get back on a winning streak,” he said. “That’s a conference team. It’s hard to win in this conference, so we’ll take it and look to build from it.”
The Arrows came close but weren’t able to claim a second straight victory Saturday afternoon when they took on Lac qui Parle Valley in non-conference action in Madison.
Down by one at the break, the Arrows finished down by one more at the horn, bowing out 47-45.
McGee posted a team high 14 points, while Aubrea Kor and Jadyn Kor added 11 markers apiece. Kyla Hubbling had six points and Kayla Hubbling pitched in with three markers for the Arrows, who host the Fairmont Cardinals Thursday night in Big South Conference play.
RVW 16 23 – 39
PAS 26 23 – 49
PAS 20 25 – 45
LQPV 21 26 – 47
SWC 87, H-BC 67
SWC 70, W-WG 33
The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead and played the Pats even throughout the second half of Monday night’s Red Rock Conference tilt in Hills to push their season record 17-5.
Ana Veldkamp (three assists, three steals) posted a 30-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead the Eagles. Madyson Fey finished with 20 points and four steals, while Makenna Moss (seven rebounds) and Jocelyn Barron added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Lindsie Fick finished with seven points, three rebounds and four assists.
The Eagles (16-5) made light work of the second-best team in the Red Rock Conference Thursday night in Edgerton, handing the Chargers just their second loss in the conference and fourth overall.
Madyson Fey (four rebounds) and Makenna Moss (nine rebounds) spearheaded the SWC attack with 20 and 18 points, respectively, while Makenzie Pap dished out 10 assists to go with eight points and three rebounds.
Ana Veldkamp finished with six points, a rebound and three assists, Kierra Binford had five points and three assists and Myah Vander Maten posted three points and four assists.
The Eagles will host the Minneota Vikings in non-conference play Thursday night in Edgerton.
SWC 43 44 – 87
H-BC 25 42 – 67
W-WG 18 15 – 33
SWC 44 26 – 70