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Bearcat girls fall to Sisseton in OT of first round Region 1A play

The Cats were tied 39-39 in the first round of Region 1A play against Sisseton on their court Feb. 23. With just 7.5 seconds left in regulation play Sisseton had the ball coming off a Redmen timeout. Webster was able to get the ball tied up without a foul and received the jump call with 6.3 seconds remaining. As the Redmen girls put the pressure on the inbound pass, the ball was able to feed to Morgan Jager who got a quick dribble and half court plus off balance shot at the buzzer that was all net and looked to be a three pointer, but the shot was quickly waved off by the referee saying time had expired before the shot left the junior’s hand.

The Cats who trailed 12-10 at the end of the first quarter found their momentum and went up 25-20 at the half. The Sisseton girls fought back in the third to be within one 27-28.

Webster opened up the final quarter of regular play with seven unanswered points before Sisseton came up with 12 unanswered points before Alivia Baumgarn finished off the Cats scoring by taking the ball to the hoop first making it and then on the following Bearcat possession drawing the foul and on the double bonus sinking both to make it a 39-39 contest with just seconds remaining.

After the excitement of regular play four more minutes would be added to the clock. With both clubs playing tight defense it would be trips to the free throw line that ended up determining the contest. On Webster’s first two trips to the line the Cats could not get the ball to fall through the iron and on the other end Sisseton took a trip to the line sinking both and on their next chance at the line sank one of two to make it a three point game. Sisseton kept themselves from causing the foul and got the ball again to only see one more chance at the line sinking one of two making it 42-39. Jaiden Bauer powered down the court and inside the arc got fouled and went to the line with just seconds remaining.

The contest ended 42-39 in favor of the Redmen.

Bauer paced the Bearcats with 10 points with six of those at the line, Alivia Baumgarn racked up nine points. Paige Snell and Jager both ended the night with eight point games with Jager getting half her points at the line while Snell worked the paint. Olivia Dorsett added a three pointer at the start of the third to give the Cats a little more cushion and Cara Shoemaker ended with one point at the line.

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