GENEVA — With the season on the line Tuesday night, the BDS Eagles and Heartland Huskies fought to the wire in the semifinals of the ClassD1-2 Subdistrict at Fillmore Central High School.
Both teams traded four- to five-point leads in the second half, but each time one would gain an advantage the other would fight back until Heartland junior Bailey Carr hit two free throws with 17.6 seconds left to give the Heartland girls a 39-35 win.
A last-second shot from Eagle Matyson Kleinschmidt from the baseline with less than three seconds to play was rebounded by Mikaelyn Dick of Heartland who sank two free throws at the other end to preserve the win.
Dick, who struggled offensively in the first half, led the way in scoring for the Huskies with 15. Sara Brune added nine, but sat with foul trouble the third quarter. Picking up eight points for the Huskies was Carr.
BDS had taken a 35-32 lead. They were in the bonus and then the double bonus early in the fourth quarter. The Eagles had sunk 8-9 free throws in the second half, but missed their last three, including two by Jaycie Hoins with 56 seconds to play.
The first eight minutes of Tuesday night's battle, the teams were testing the waters, as neither could establish much offense in the first quarter, won by the Eagles 4-3.
It appeared the Huskies might run out and establish a lead heading to the fourth quarter, but after Bailey Carr and Dick both scored on drives to give the Huskies a 24-18 lead, BDS answered with Jaycie Hoins scoring five straight , followed by a short baseline jumper from Kalli Schroeder to give the Eagles a 25-24 lead with 1:25 to play.
Dick hit a jumper to make it 26-25, but Jennifer Mick scored to put BDS up entering the final eight minutes, 27-26, setting the stage for the thrilling fourth quarter.
Heartland was 10-33 from the field including 3-10 from the 3-point circle, all by Dick. At the free throw line the Heartland girls were 16-19.
BDS was 9-41 from the floor, 1-9 from the 3-point arc and 17-20 at the charity stripe.
Leading the way for the Eagles in scoring was Hoins and Kalli Schroeder with nine each.
Heartland (15-7) and Exeter-Milligan (19-4) will decide the subdistrict championship Thursday night at 7 p.m.
BDS (13-10) ................... 4 13 10 8—35
Heartland (15-7) ................. 3 14 9 13—39
B: K. Schroeder 9, C. Swartzendruber 6, M. Kleinschmidt 4, J. Mick 6, J. Hoins 9, K. Schroeder 2.
H: B. Carr 8, S. Brune 9, A. Kroeker 2, M. Hiebner 3, M. Dick 15, A. Braun 2.