The Lakeland High girls basketball team rallied but fell short in the State 4A semifinals.
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By Greg Lee
Ask the Lakeland High girls basketball team. That’s exactly what happened to the Hawks in a 62-55 loss to No. 1 Bonneville in a State 4A tournament semifinal Friday at
Bonneville (23-2) will meet defending state champ Middleton (19-6) in the title game.
Bonneville 62, Lakeland 55 OT: The Hawks found themselves trailing 23-6 halfway through the second quarter.
Behind back-to-back 3-pointers by seldom-used Megan Ranberg and Kari Rucker,
Bonneville used two quick baskets to open the third quarter to push the advantage to 16 points. But the Hawks started chipping away. A tipin by Katie Imthurn pulled
Bonneville tried to take the air out of the ball with 3:28 remaining, but
A layup by Camille Reynolds off a steal by Ali Whitted got
Another defensive stop gave
Emily Stecker extended
The Bees tied it at 51-51 when Makayla Keck made two foul shots.
The Bees finally started attacking the basket again in overtime and the result was they made 11 of 14 foul shots.
“It was a great comeback,”
Then all of a sudden the Hawks found themselves in a ballgame.
“We started to relax a little bit and start to get into a little bit of a flow,”
Mailie Garner led four Bees in double-figure scoring with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting. She had eight rebounds to lead a 38-27 advantage.
The Bees had 31 turnovers, most of which were forced by the Hawks, who had 20 steals. Emily Stecker had seven.
The weakest season in recent Intermountain League history came to a quiet end Friday.
Co-IML champs Bonners Ferry and Timberlake went 0-2 at state. Bonners Ferry fell 53-49 to Kimberly and Timberlake came up short 42-36 to Fruitland.
Kimberly 53, Bonners Ferry 49: The Badgers led 28-23 at halftime, but the Bulldogs stormed back in the second half, outscoring BF 30-21.
Ashley Winkelseth led BF (15-7) with 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Alex Pfefferle led Kimberly with 25 points and six rebounds.
Fruitland 42, Timberlake 36: This time, the Tigers got off to a better start.
This time, Timberlake faded as the Grizzlies rallied.
Timberlake sophomore post Cassie Thompson had a rough game, making just 2 of 12 shots for eight points. She had a team-high eight rebounds but also had six turnovers.
Timberlake (16-8) finished with the best record in school history and will return most of its team.