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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Lady Wolves fall to Florence-Carlton, face Harlem Friday

 


The Three Forks High School girls basketball team fought valiantly till the buzzer but were unable to pick up the victory Thursday in their opening round matchup against Florence-Carlton at the Belgrade Events Center. After dropping a 50-48 contest to the Lady Falcons, the Lady Wolves will next play Friday at Noon against Harlem who fell earlier in the day 40-37 to Forsyth.

The Lady Wolves would trim a 13-point deficit to two with 42 seconds left in the game on a three pointer from Kyle Olson. Three Forks would have a chance to tie or win the game with less than 10 seconds left in regulation but were called for an offensive foul with 2.3 seconds left and after two missed free throws a Kendall Lynn half-court shot fell short.

Olson led the team with 28 points, Paeton Ohs finished with seven, Breanna Bloch had six, Kendall Lynn finished with four, Erin Welter added two and Kinzee Howey had one point.

The Lady Wolves would start strong scoring the first seven points of the game including five from Olson. Florence-Carlton would come roaring back with the next six before Olson drained a three from the top of the key to increase the lead to 10-6. The Lady Falcons again stormed back and took their first lead of the game 12-10 with two minutes left in the quarter. Three Forks would tie the game with two Ohs free throw and regain the lead on a basket from Bloch. After a Falcon bucket, Olson would hit another three to extend the lead to 17-14. Florence would score the next five to take a two-point lead before an Olson shot with five seconds left made it a 19-19 game going into the second. Olson had 13 points in the opening quarter.

Melissa Jenkins

Erin Welter looks to shoot Thursday against Florence-Carlton.

A Howey free throw on the first possession of the second quarter would give Three Forks a 20-19 lead. Florence would respond with four of their own before two Kendall Lynn free throws to cut the lead to one. After the Lady Falcons built a five-point lead, a Kendall Lynn jumper would make it a 27-24 game. Olson was fouled with 9.9 seconds left in the half and hit one of two free throws to close out the half with the Lady Wolves trailing 27-25.

It was a tough third quarter for Three Forks who after pulling to within one 29-28 early in the quarter, were outscored 15-3 by Florence-Carlton who took a 44-31 lead into the fourth.

The Lady Wolves were impressive to start the fourth and pulled to within 46-38 after two Olson three pointers. Three Forks would trim the lead seven with 2:28 on a three-point play from Olson, and would close to within 50-45 after a basket from Bloch.

 

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