Hawks win with buzzer-beater

Darcie O'Kimosh won the game for Shawano with a last-second shot in the Hawks' 39-37 win over Ashwaubenon.

By Michael Ray

Leader Sports Editor

SHAWANO It took a last second baseline drive and layup from Darcie O'Kimosh for the Shawano girls basketball team to pull out a 39-37 Bay Conference win over Ashwaubenon Friday night.

With three seconds left in the game and the score tied at 37-37, the Hawks had control of the ball with an inbound pass. The pass went to O'Kimosh in the corner and she drove the baseline and put up the game-winning shot as the buzzer sounded.

The thrilling game opened with Ashwaubenon hitting a three-pointer 15 seconds into the game. The Jaguars would not score again in the period as the Hawks reeled off 11 unanswered points to take an 11-3 lead after the first period. O'Kimosh scored six of her 10 points in the first quarter.

In the second period the two teams played evenly with Ashwaubenon cutting the Hawks lead to just six by the end of the half. Amanda Betzner scored the first six points of the period for the Hawks and finished the night with eight points, all in the second period.

Holding on to a 26-19 lead the Hawks opened the third period taking a 29-21 lead before the Jaguars went on a 7-0 run to get to within two of the Hawks with 1:42 left in the period. Shawano's Brianna Feivor would take over the Hawk's offense the rest of the way, scoring the final four points of the period for Shawano including a jump shot with three seconds left in the quarter.

Clinging to a 33-30 lead heading into the fourth period, the Hawks quickly found themselves in a hole when Ashwaubenon scored the first five points of the period. Trailing 35-33 Shawano turned to Feivor who scored four unanswered points to give the Hawks a 37-35 lead.

With three minutes left in the game the Jaguars tied the score at 37-37. The two teams would remained tied with Shawano taking control of the ball with less than a minute left to play. With 10 seconds left to play the Hawks took a chance, but missed a three-pointer. Seven seconds later the Jaguars turned the ball over giving Shawano one last chance to win the game. One inbound pass and a layup later Shawano had pulled out the big win.

Feivor led the way for the Hawks with 12 points in the game. Only four Hawks scored in the game with Amanda Redmann being the fourth with nine points.

The Hawks (7-4, 5-4) will look to stay unbeaten at home this season when they host New London in a Bay Conference game on Jan. 25.

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