BELLE FOURCHE — The Belle Fourche varsity girls’ basketball team edged Lead-Deadwood 43-42 Tuesday evening at Edwin Petranek Armory in Belle Fourche.
“Down the stretch, we had a couple of girls step up and make a couple of big shots,” Belle Fourche head coach Bill Burr said. “We shot the ball terribly tonight (13 for 53 from the field); that’s the worst we’ve shot this year.”
Kaylin Garza’s 3-point field goal gave the home standing Broncs a 5-2 edge. Lead-Deadwood used a pair of Raygan Mattson baskets to claim a 6-5 advantage.
Natalie Janssen connected from the field as the Golddiggers forged an 8-8 tie. Garza’s basket put Belle Fourche ahead 10-8 at the break.
Belle Fourche’s Bella Jensen sandwiched six points around a Mattson layup to extend the Broncs’ second-quarter lead to 16-10. A 10-0 run capped by Anna Campbell’s 3-point field goal pushed the Golddiggers to a 20-16 halftime lead.
The teams were tied at 20, 22, 24, and 26 during the third period. Harley Fischer converted a layup to end a 7-1 run and give the Broncs a 33-27 advantage heading into the fourth frame.
Blake Mehlberg and Anna Campbell brought the Golddiggers within 33-31. Hayley Wilbur and Fischer combined for four points as Belle Fourche led 37-31.
Dylan Stedillie connected from 3-point range to extend the Broncs’ advantage to 40-33. Lead-Deadwood collected four of the next five points but trailed 41-37.
Anna Campbell made the first of two free throw attempts to keep the Golddiggers within 41-38. She missed the second attempt, but Janssen rebounded and scored to make the score 41-40.
Fischer’s jump shot with 17 seconds left kept the Broncs ahead 43-40. That allowed them to withstand a buzzer-beating basket.
Jensen tallied 13 points for Belle Fourche, which also received 10 points and 10 steals from Fischer. The Golddiggers received a game-high 20 points from Anna Campbell.
“When you have games where you run into that: where you can’t make anything, nothing goes in, you just keep working defense,” Burr said. “I thought we played pretty good defense.”
Lead-Deadwood head coach Tim Hansen said Belle Fourche regained momentum during the third quarter and turned Golddigger turnovers into points. He added Stedillie’s 3-point field goal in the fourth completely changed the game.
“I thought both teams really played their hearts out,” Hansen said. “There was some really good defense on both sides.”
Statistical leaders follow.
Belle Fourche scoring: Bella Jensen 13, Harley Fischer 10, Kaylin Garza 8, Chloe Crago 4, Tia Williamson 3, Dylan Stedillie 3, Hayley Wilbur 2. Totals 16 field goals, eight of 14 from the free throw line, 43 points.
Lead-Deadwood scoring: Anna Campbell 20, Natalie Janssen 8, Raygan Mattson 8, Madelaine Rogers 4, Blake Mehlberg 2. Totals 18 field goals, four of eight from the free throw line, 42 points.
Three-point field goals: Belle Fourche 3 (Jensen 1, Stedillie 1, Garza 1), Lead-Deadwood 2 (A. Campbell 1, Rogers 1)
Total fouls: Belle Fourche 13, Lead-Deadwood 15
Fouled out: Lead-Deadwood, Mattson
Belle Fourche (10-3) brings a six-game win streak into its Feb. 4 home game against St. Thomas More. Lead-Deadwood, 8-5, will host Red Cloud on Friday, Jan. 31.
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