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Girls basketball: Peterson beats the buzzer in Braves’ win

Benson senior guard Emma Peterson drives to the basket through Hancock’s Courtney Greiner, left, and Serandon Bigalke on Thursday in Benson. Peterson, who scored 22 points, hit a buzzer-beating shot that gave the Braves a 63-62 win.

BENSON — Emma Peterson’s runner in the lane fell at the buzzer and the Braves came away with a 63-62 non-conference win over Hancock on Thursday.

Trailing by one, Benson had fewer than four seconds left in the game to go the length of the court for a final attempt. Peterson took the inbounds pass and raced down the court, floating up the game-winner as time expired.

“It was a pretty exciting game and a nice win,” said Braves head coach Chelsea Stiel.

The Braves improve to 2-4 overall, and they play at Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Peterson led the Braves with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Alexa Nissen hit three 3-point shots and finished with 15 points and 8 boards. Krista Motzko had 11 points.

Hancock’s Courtney Greiner and Gabbi Nienhaus both scored 16 points and Nienhaus had 12 rebounds. Lexi Steege had 10 points, 6 assists and 6 steals.

The Braves led by as many as 16 points and held a 12-point edge at halftime.

But the Owls kept chipping away at the lead and led by three in the final minute before Nissen hit a 3-pointer to tie the game. The Braves fouled Nienhaus, who made one foul shot to put the Owls up 62-61 before Peterson’s buzzer-beater.

The Owls fell to 2-3, and they play Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley at 7:30 p.m. today.

Benson 63, Hancock 62

Hancock (2-3)    18 44 — 62

Benson (2-4)    30 33 — 63

HANCOCK – 26-75 FG (2-16 3-pt); 8-15 FT; 40 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Courtney Greiner 16, Gabbi Nienhaus 16, Serandon Bigalke 13, Lexi Steege 10, Sami Schmidgall 6, Kassandra Algarate 1 … 3-point shots: Bigalke 2 … Rebound leaders: Nienhaus 12 … Assist leaders: Steege 6 … Steal leaders: Steege 6

BENSON – 26-72 FG (5-27 3-pt); 6-9 FT; 43 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Emma Peterson 22, Alexa Nissen 15, Krista Motzko 11, Cyra Carlson 6, Hannah Ricard 5, Haley Moseng 4 … 3-point shots: Nissen 3, Peterson 2 … Rebound leaders: Peterson 13, Nissen 8 … Assist leaders: Carlson 3 … Steal leaders: Peterson 6

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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