Lady Bulldogs take third at state

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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In perhaps their most dramatic game of the season, the Lady Bulldogs pulled out the win 51-41 in overtime against Summit to take third-place in the girls Class B State Tournament.


It was an evenly matched contest, with the score at half De Smet 16 — Summit 17. Coach Doug Osthus said “they came out with the full intent to take Riley (Osthus) and Kelli (Aughenbaugh) out of the game.” They did this pretty effectively, limiting Osthus to one point until the end of the game and Aughenbaugh to eight.


However, Andrea Pommer stepped up to lead the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points one rebound, one assist and four steals. “Pommer had a fantastic total playoff,” said Osthus. “She played her best basketball from districts on.” Shannon Poppen also had a strong game, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds and one steal.


Nevertheless, with about 45 seconds left, Summit managed to build their strongest lead of the game. Up five points, they came out of a time-out smiling and confident of their win.


That was when Osthus wiped the smiles off their faces.


Within the next 25 seconds, she had scored five of her six total points. They were unanswered and the game was tied, sending the teams into overtime.


Summit never recovered enough to overcome the huge momentum the Lady Bulldogs had gathered. They were outscored 11-1 in extra time.


“You don’t just flip a switch and get girls to do what they did in the second half,” Osthus said. “It’s a fantastic accomplishment for these girls. The road that we had to take and the teams that we had to play was more difficult than it was for other teams.”


Osthus and Aughenbaugh were awarded all-tournament honors. Osthus finished with 33 points and a tournament leading 17 assists. Aughenbaugh had 41 points and led the tournament with nine three-pointers.



David Tritle


The De Smet News

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