The West Central Trojan girls basketball season started with an overtime thriller on Tuesday, December 8th. The Trojans hosted the Huron Tigers to start the 2020-2021 season and earned an 88-81 victory.
The entire game was a close battle between the two teams. Huron held the early advantage at 17-16 after the first quarter of play. That lead grew to three points by halftime as the Tigers led 40-37. The Tigers again were able to increase their lead in the third quarter. Huron led 57-52 heading into the fourth quarter.
A technical foul against West Central in the fourth quarter gave Huron two free throws and the ball with 7:28 to play. After another foul and two more free throws, the Tigers pushed their lead to nine points at 61-52 with 7:18 in the fourth quarter. Despite the four-point swing, that sequence of events sparked the Trojans. West Central went on a 9-0 run to tie the game 61-61 with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter. The Trojans held a 71-69 lead with :13.2 to play. Rylee Haldeman made one of two free throws to extend the lead to 72-69. A foul on Haldeman sent Huron to the free throw line. Both shots were made to cut the lead to 72-71. The Tigers again had to foul and sent Haldeman back to the free throw line with :10.2 seconds. She made both free throws to give the Trojans a 74-71 lead. A foul by the Trojans on a three-point shot with :05.3 seconds left gave Huron a chance to tie the game from the free throw line. All three shots were made to tie the game 74-74 and send it to overtime.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half of the overtime period. West Central held a 79-77 lead with 2:00 to go in the game. The Trojans finished the final two minutes on a 9-4 run to take the win 88-81 in overtime.
The Trojans and Tigers combined to shoot 52 free throws in the game. Huron finished 26-28 from the free throw line, while West Central was 16-24.
Four players finished in double figures for the Trojans. Cassidy Siemonsma had a double-double with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and added five assists. Addy Kramer also had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Cambell Fischer finished with 11 points, and Haldeman ahd 10 points, seven assists, and six steals.
The Trojans (1-0) will travel to Mt Vernon to play the Mt Vernon/Plankinton Titans on Tuesday, December 15th.