Girls basketball: BOLD edges Worthington for first-ever trip to state
MARSHALL — Playing in its first-ever girls basketball section title game, BOLD cranked up its defensive effort late to rally past defending 3AA champion Worthington 66-64 Friday night at Southwest Minnesota State University.
The South sub-section champion Trojans (21-6) were in good shape to capture their third section title in five years and end BOLD’s 18-game winning streak, but they made only two field goals — 3-pointers from sophomore standout Ana Boever who finished with a game-high 20 points — in the game’s final 10 minutes while BOLD (26-3) made 6 of its last 7 free throw attempts to advance to its first-ever state tournament.
The North champion Warriors, however, will have a tall task in their opening-round game this Wednesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis as they take on McDonald’s All-American guard and the state’s all-time leading scorer Rebekah Dahlman and the unbeaten Braham Bombers (30-0) at 8 p.m.
“(We turned up our defensive intensity) in the last five minutes and created some turnovers,” said BOLD coach Brian Kingery, “and that was key all game because we got outrebounded badly.”
“But the girls kept fighting. Instead of quitting the girls kept fighting and fighting and we got the win.”
Four Warriors scored in double figures with star junior guard Carly Sigurdson leading the way with 17 points. Junior guard Baylie Kubesh followed with 15 while senior guard Taylor Ebnet and senior forward Maggie Nagel added 14 apiece.
The Trojans put together a 11-4 run late in the first half to take a 34-27 lead at halftime, but BOLD pulled ahead early in the second half by going on an 8-0 run. Worthington answered with an 8-0 run of its own to regain the lead, something it would own until a bucket by Kubesh put BOLD ahead 57-56 with just over three minutes remaining.
The second half saw only three lead changes and one tie after a back-and-forth first half featured 11 lead changes and four ties. BOLD never relinquished the lead after Kubesh’s late bucket. Worthington did pull with one on three occasions after that, but layups from Sigurdson and junior forward Mallarie Steffel and two free throws from Ebnet would keep the Warriors in front down the stretch.
The Trojans only had one other player score in double figures — Abbie Landgaard with 12 — as their comeback attempt was hindered by 10 turnovers in the final eight minutes of play.
BOLD 66, Worthington 64
BOLD (26-3) 27 39 — 66
Worthington (21-6) 34 30 — 64
BOLD – 23-59 FG (3-17 3-pt); 17-22 FT; 19 rebounds; 17 fouls … Scoring: Baylie Kubesh 15, Taylor Ebnet 14, Carly Sigurdson 17, Mallarie Steffel 6, Maggie Nagel 14 … 3-point shots: Kubesh 2, Sigurdson 1 … Rebound leaders: Nagel 6, Sigurdson 4 … Assist leaders: Sigurdson 3, Kubesh 3 … Steal leaders: Sigurdson 5, Ebnet 3, Nagel 3
WORTHINGTON – 23-55 FG (3-12 3-pt); 15-16 FT; 29 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Ana Boever 20, Abbie Landgaard 12, Brooke Henning 6, Lydia Kemper 2, Rebecca Linder 8, Paige Gravenhof 6, K.C. Riley 6, Whitney Coriolan 4 … 3-point shots: Boever 3