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Three Forks wins double OT thriller


February 5, 2020

Kinzee Howey and Whitehall's Brynna Wolfe wait for the free throw last week. The Wolves won the game 58-54 in double overtime. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

It was a fantastic week for the Three Forks High School girls basketball team.

The Wolves put a halt to a three-game losing streak with a 44-37 home win Friday over Boulder and a thrilling 58-54 double-overtime home victory Saturday over Whitehall.

Head Coach Mike Sauvageau said responding from a tough week with three losses says a lot about the character of the girls.

"We got blasted last Saturday night by Columbus and they came back and worked their butts of in practice this week. There were some glum faces by everyone on practice Monday, but we didn't talk about it, we talked about the tough games coming up. I worked them really hard and they responded. They did a great job this week," he said.

Tied at eight at the end of the first quarter against the Lady Trojans, Three Forks would play strong in the second taking an 18-14 lead into the break. The Wolves would take a 29-20 lead in the third before two Whitehall three-pointers at the end of the quarter to cut the lead to 29-26 going into the fourth.

The Lady Trojans would take a 44-41 lead late into the game before sophomore Ashlyn Swenson nailed a deep three to tie the game at 44 with 3.8 seconds remaining. Sauvageau said senior leaders Breanna Bloch and Kendall Lynn both fouled out in the middle of the fourth quarter and his team went from having the lead to coming back and hitting the shot to send it into overtime.

"The seniors on the floor, Erin Welter and Peyton Page made some huge plays in the fourth quarter and overtime," he said.

A Page three-pointer early in the second overtime would give the Wolves a 54-51 lead they would not surrender.

"Everyone who played tonight did a great job. I thought our defense for the first three quarters was really good. They only had 26 points going into the fourth. When you take Bre (Bloch) and Kendall out it changes our makeup a little bit and Whitehall started scoring. But in those last minutes when Whitehall had us in trouble and things were not going our way, we were able to run a play for Ashlyn to hit that three. We were all heart and soul in the fourth quarter and the overtimes," he said.

Swenson led the team in scoring with 16 points, Bloch added 12, Welter had nine, Page finished with seven, and Keaton Lynn and Kinzee Howey each had five.

Three Forks used a strong third quarter Friday, outscoring the visiting Panthers 18-7 on their way to the seven-point victory.

Kendall Lynn led the team with 15 points, Swenson added nine, Howey finished with six, and Page and Bloch each had five. Keaton Lynn added four points.

Three Forks will be on the road Friday at Manhattan and will host Townsend Saturday.


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