In a back and forth 2A EVCO thriller, the Black Hills Lady Wolves defeated Rochester 55-53 Wednesday December 15, 2021 in Tumwater. Freshman Wolves guard Kiley McMahon converted on both free throws, after being fouled with eight seconds left to secure the win for the Lady Wolves. The lead held for Black Hills after Rochester missed a three-pointer as time expired.

Rochester (0-5, 0-3 EVCO) led early and often throughout the game. Both teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter. The score was tied at 51 a piece with two minutes remaining and again with the Wolves in possession at the 1:03 mark. Black Hills set up a play with McMahon driving to the left where she was fouled and sent to the line for the winning free throws.

Black Hills (2-5, 2-2 EVCO) Head Coach Herb Guscott was pleased with the determination of his team. “That was a close win and these wins prepare you for getting better and better,” Guscott stated. “We are a young team. We lost a close one earlier in the year at Hoquiam but tonight we did better and we just want to build on this and keep trending up.”

McMahon, a 5-foot-3-inch freshman point guard, had 26 points on the night and was complimented by senior guard Madison Parker who had 12 rebounds and worked hard doing little things for the Wolves. McMahon spoke positive of her team. “I thought everyone did a great job tonight,” she recalled. “On the final free throws, I was super nervous but it was a pretty cool moment after I made both shots.”

Rochester Coach Gino McDuffy thought the game was a battle. “The girls came out and played hard and it came down to that last eight seconds,” McDuffy noted. “We didn’t give up and my team fought hard and executed like I expected but we just didn’t get the ‘W.’” Senior Sofie Sand led the Warriors with 13 points and Sophomore Mandy Andree Cordell had 11 points including three, three-pointers.

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