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Nighthawks knock off Avon

It took overtime, but the Tripp-Delmont/Armour girls basketball team knocked off the No. 4-ranked Avon Pirates 47-44 in Dakota Wesleyan University/Culver's Classic on Friday at the Corn Palace.

It took overtime, but the Tripp-Delmont/Armour girls basketball team knocked off the No. 4-ranked Avon Pirates 47-44 in Dakota Wesleyan University/Culver's Classic on Friday at the Corn Palace.

TDA earned a little revenge over Avon after the Pirates ended the Nighthawks' season in the region championship last year. TDA head coach Kristi Allen noted it was her first win over the Pirates in her five years with the Nighthawks.

"We've never beaten them since I've been coaching here," Allen said. "They're (Avon) a great

team and we knew it was going to be a big test for us to come out and beat them. It's a huge

confidence builder for us."

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The win didn't come easily for the Nighthawks. TDA held a 10-point lead in the third quarter

only to see Avon battle back to within two at 36-34. The Pirates managed to take the lead at 37-36 with 5 minutes and 59 seconds left in the game, but the Nighthawks stormed ahead 44-38 with 4:17 left.

A quick 6-0 run by Avon, highlighted by a short shot from Lauren Sees tied the contest at

44 with 52 seconds to play. A shot at the buzzer by Avon's Livi Jurrens bounced off the rim and the game went to overtime.

In overtime, neither team converted a field, with TDA's Kianna Payer sinking two free throws and Brooklyn Brouwer added another free throw.

"In years past we would have mentally got ourselves out that game," Allen said about Avon's comeback. "But they stayed strong and we really wanted this win and we were able to handle their big run."

Junior Mattilynn Reiner led TDA with 14 points and 15 rebounds. She was followed by Erica Koster, who scored 11 points and reached 1,000 career points in the process. TDA (15-2) was 14-of-47 for 30 percent from the field and 15-of-25 for 60 percent from the free-throw line.

"We got some opportunities that we let slip by," Avon coach Brad Poppe said. "We had a few

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possessions that we didn't get the best shot we could of. We didn't execute as well as we needed to. You can't have those breakdowns against a good team."

Sees led Avon (16-3) with a game-high 24 points and Cheylee Nagel added nine points and nine rebounds. The Pirates were 17-of- 50 for 34 percent from the floor and 5-of- 9 for 56 percent from the free-throw line.

TDA will face Corsica-Stickney on Tuesday in Armour, while Avon faces Gayville-Volin on Monday in Gayville.

TDA 12 27 36 44 47

Avon 14 22 34 44 44

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