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A two-point split decision
Browns late basket lifts Potosi girls in overtime
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Junior Kenzie Brown (23) scored the game-winning basket with 45 seconds left in overtime to lift the Potosi girls to a 5048 non-conference victory at Lancaster last Tuesday night.

     LANCASTER — The two Potosi — Lancaster basketball games Dec. 30 both featured swings in momentum, free throw shooting that failed to put away games, and late game-winning scores.

     And different winners to end different streaks.

     Kenzie Brown’s basket with 45 seconds left in overtime was the game winner in the Chieftain girls’ 50–48 win over the Flying Arrows, ending Potosi’s six-game losing streak.

     Nate Tranel’s three-point basket with 32 seconds left was the game-winner for the Flying Arrows’ 56–54 win over the Chieftain boys, Potosi’s first defeat of the season.

     Girls: Potosi scored the first four points, but Lancaster scored the next 11 to take an 11–4 lead with 2:26 left in the first quarter. A 7–0 run, capped off with a Brown basket, put Potosi back into the lead, 19–17, with 3:45 left in the first half.

     Consecutive three-pointers by Kasey Kelly put Lancaster back up 28–27 with 2:40 left in the third quarter, and Kindra Yoose’s basket with 5 seconds left in the third sent the Flying Arrows into the fourth quarter up 33–31.

     Lancaster’s largest second-half lead came on two Brittany Bahl free throws and a Bahl basket making it 37–33 with 5:32 left in regulation, the last time either team led by more than one basket. A basket by Abby Kaiser, five consecutive points by Calie Gibson, sandwiched around another Bahl basket, gave Potosi a 40–39 lead with 2:10 left in regulation.

     Taylor Bloyer’s basket with 1:42 left in the fourth extended the lead to 42–39. That lead evaporated when a missed front end of a one-and-one free throw attempt turned into an Alexis Galvin three-pointer, tying the game at 42–42 with 1:04 left in the fourth.

     Bloyer hit two free throws with 11.7 seconds left to give Potosi a 44–42 lead, but Galvin beat the buzzer with a free-throw-line jumper, sending both teams into overtime.

     Two Yoose baskets sandwiched around a Gibson basket gave Lancaster a 48–46 lead with 2:45 left in overtime. A Kaiser free throw cut the lead to 48–47, then Brown hit her jumper with 45 seconds left to give Potosi a 49–48 lead. Maddie Hawes hit one of two free throws to extend the lead to 50–48 with 14.7 seconds left.

     Gibson led Potosi with 15 points, while Hawes added 10. Bahl led Lancaster with 13, while Galvin added 10.

Potosi 50, Lancaster 48
(from Tuesday, Dec. 30 @ Lancaster)
Potosi          7   16    17    4    6    —  50
Lancaster   13    7    19    5    4     —  48
Potosi (2–6) — Taryn Stappert 3, Abby Kaiser 5, Maddie Hawes 10, Taylor Bloyer 8, Brooke McKillip 1, Shakyla Udelhofen 2, Kenzie Brown 6, Calie Gibson 15. Totals — 18 13-24 50.
Lancaster (4–5) — Galvan 11, Doll 4, Kelly 9, Yoose 6, Mumm 2, Zenz 3, Bahl 13. Totals — 18 6-14 48.
3-point goals — P: Hawes 1; L: Galvan 3, Kelly 3. Team fouls — P: 19, L: 20. Fouled out — none.

Tranel’s 3-pointer hands Potosi boys first loss of season

      Boys: The boys game between undefeated Potosi and Lancaster, which had just won its first game of the season after losing its first five, proved equally as dramatic. The Chieftains never led by more than five points, and the Flying Arrows never led by more than four points.

     That Chieftain five-point lead, 25–20 with 2:16 left in the first half, became an Arrow four-point lead, 29–25 52 seconds into the third, due to seven consecutive Tranel points, five of them on a failed three-point play and successful three-point play 13 seconds into the second half. But a Riley Hawes three-pointer and Brent Curtis’ basket gave Potosi the lead back, 35–34 with 2:10 left in the third. Baskets by Sam Friederick and Tranel in the last 1:09 of the third gave Lancaster the lead, 38–35, going into the fourth quarter.

     Kyle Kaiser’s three-pointer tied the game at 40, 38 seconds into the fourth quarter. Tyler Glass’ three-pointer gave Lancaster a 47–44 lead with 5:24 left, but two Nate Friederick free throws and another Kaiser three-pointer gave Potosi a 49–47 lead with 4:27 left. Jayson Jones hit two free throws and Tranel one, and then Hawes’ three-pointer, the last of his 21 points, and Brett Snider’s three-pointer gave Lancaster a 53–52 lead with 2:26 left.

     Potosi missed four free throws over the next 90 seconds, but Curtis rebounded the last miss and scored the last of his 22 points to give the Chieftains a 54–53 lead with 54.2 seconds left. Tranel’s three from the right wing with 32 seconds left, the last of his game-high 24 points, was the last of the game’s 17 lead changes.

Lancaster 56, Potosi 54
(from Tuesday, Dec. 30 @ Lancaster)
Potosi         17    8    10    19     —  54
Lancaster   13    9    16    18     —  56
Potosi (6–1) — Riley Hawes 21, Kyle Kaiser 6, Brent Curtis 22, Dan Post 10, Jake Udelhoven 2, Nate Friederick 8. Totals — 20 7-15 69.
Lancaster (2–5)  — Andrew Gates 2, Brett Snider 3, Tyler Glass 5, Nate Tranel 24, Abe Thompson 9, Sam Friederick 10, Jayson Jones 3. Totals — 22 5-10 56.
3-point goals — P: 7 (Hawes 5, Kaiser 2); L: 7 (Tranel 4, Snider 1, Glass 1, Thompson 1). Team fouls — P: 13, L: 11. Fouled out — none.