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Hancock girls finish fourth at state

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ST. PAUL -- Charlotte Overbye tossed in 21 points and Mountain Irton-Buhl rebounded from a lopsided loss in the Class A semifinals on Friday to beat Hancock 61-45 in the third-place game of the state girls basketball tournament at Concordia College.

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Despite outrebounding Mountain Iron-Buhl, Hancock was badly beaten in the paint as Mt. Iron-Buhl outcored the Owls 26-12.

Hancock'sfree-throw shooting woes continued against the Rangers. The Owls, who entered the tournament as a 73 percent free-throw shooting team, made only 15-of-25 a double overtime loss to state champion Maranatha Christian Academy, then cashed only 19-of-32 against the Rangers. Hancock also made only 31 percetn of its shots from the field, while Mt. Iron-Buhl sank 48 percent.

Illissa Koehl led Hancock with 12 points despite making only 2-of-13 shots from the field. She cashed 7-of-12 free throws.

Courtney Greiner had a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 30 seconds left. Kendra Schmidgall finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Hancock, which trailed only 21-19 at halftime, finished the season 27-4.

Kathy Ostman added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Rangers. Overbye pulled down eight rebounds and dished out five assists.

Mt. Iron-Buhl 61, Hancock 45

Hancock (27-4) 19 26 -- 45

Mt. Iron-Buhl (28-4) 21 40 -- 61

HANCOCK - 12-39 FG (2-14 3-pt); 19-32 FT; 37 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Aria Walstad 4, Kendra Schmidgall 11, Olivia Koehl 1, Illissa Koehl 12, Shae Brown 4, Sami Schmidgall 2, Serandon Bigalke 1 ... 3-point shots: K.Schmidgall 1, I.Koehl 1 ... Rebound leaders: Greiner 14, K.Schmidgall 7 ... Assist leader: I.Koehl 3 ... Steal leaders: I.Koehl 3, Walstad 2 ... Blocks: K.Schmidgall 2

MOUNTAIN IRON-BUHL - 21-44 FG (4-12 3-pt); 15-22 FT; 31 rebounds; 24 fouls ... Scoring: Charlotte Overbye 21, Kathy Ostman 15, Baily Knuti 4, Dakotah Winans 9, Sarah Overbye 3, Allie Knuti 2, Marissa Mason 3, Laura Ostman 4 ... 3-point shots: C.Overbye 2, S.Overbye 1, Mason 1 ... Rebound leaders: K.Ostman 9, C.Overbye 8 ... Assist leaders: C.Overbye 5, Winans 5 ... Steal leaders: Winans 2, S.Overbye 2

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