Hardin girls edge No. 2 Billings Central

2013-01-31T22:05:00Z 2013-01-31T23:26:04Z Hardin girls edge No. 2 Billings CentralGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
January 31, 2013 10:05 pm  • 

HARDIN -- Alyssa Big Man made two free throws with 13 seconds left to help Hardin defeat second-ranked Billings Central 43-42 in Eastern A girls basketball on Thursday night.

The Rams had a chance to win the game, but their shot with just over five seconds missed, and Kanani Birdinground grabbed the defensive rebound and was able to run out the clock.

"It's a big win for the girls," Hardin coach Tana Stewart said. "They came to play. They got into that last-minute situation and handled it well."

Birdinground led Hardin (10-4, 7-2) with 15 points, while Teonna Little Light had 13, including three 3-pointers. 

Allie Lucas scored a game-high 19 points for Central, which saw a six-game winning streak end and dropped to 8-5 and 5-2. Erika Kuehn added 13 points.

Big Man was 4 for 4 from the free throw line, helping Hardin to a 10-for-14 performance from the stripe. Central was just 9 for 23 from the foul line.

Hardin 43, Billings Central 42

Billngs Central 9 10  15  42 
Hardin 11  11  12  43 

Billings Central (8-5, 5-2) — Sammy Elliott 2 0-3 4, Allie Lucas 7 4-7 19, Hadley Ryan 1 1-2 3, Erika Kuehn 5 3-7 13, Melissa Koerber 1 1-4 3, Justyn Juhl 0 0-0 0, Mariah Wittman 0 0-0 0. 16 9-23 42. 3-pointers: 1 (Lucas). Fouls: 14. Fouled out: Juhl.

Hardin (10-4, 7-2) — Adree Shield 1 0-1 2, Teonna Little Light 5 0-0 13, Kanani Birdinground 5 5-8 15, Alyssa Big Man 2 4-4 8, Hannah Ware 2 1-2 5, Beth Rides Horse 0 0-0 0, Kristan Dillon 0 0-0 0, Joire Chavez 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 10-14 43. 3-pointers: 3 (Little Light 3). Fouls: 17. Fouled out: None.

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