FHS girls earn third seed in tournament

Anna Zimmer drives past a Park defender on her way to a basket against the Lady Rangers.

PHoto by Doreen Heintz

A42-36 win over Park on Friday cemented the Fergus girls’ basketball team in third place in the Central A conference. The win also gave the Golden Eagles a third seed out of the Central A in this week’s Eastern A Divisional Tournament, which begins on Wednesday at the Metra in Billings.

Fergus will face Laurel, the number two seed out of the Eastern A conference, on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Laurel is one of the few teams the Golden Eagles did not have the opportunity to play during the regular season.

Hayes scores 16 against the Lady Rangers

The Fergus girls’ used a strong first quarter to gain the win over Park. It was senior Haydn Potter who got the team off to a hot start. Potter hit a 3-point shot for the first score of the game. Anna Zimmer followed with another field goal. An old fashioned 3-point play by Potter gave the Golden Eagles an 8-4 lead. Gracia Butcher scored another 3-point basket to increase the Fergus lead to 11-6. Hanna Hayes got her name in the scoring column with another 3-point basket. The first quarter ended with Val Kolstad scoring a 2-point field goal. Fergus led after the first eight minutes 16-8.

The lead grew to 21-8 in the second period on a field goal and free throw by Zimmer and two free throws from Kaitlyn Anderson. Later Anderson scored a 3-point bucket. At halftime, Fergus led, 26-14.

Park came back in the second half when the shots quit falling for the Golden Eagles. By the end of the third quarter the Fergus lead had been cut to just 5 points, 28-23.

A 3-point basket by Park in the fourth quarter cut the Fergus lead to 3 points with 5:07 left in the fourth quarter. It was now time for Hayes to take over the game for the Golden Eagles. She scored a field goal and a free throw to give Fergus a 35-29 lead. The next time down the court, the Eagles had three shots at the basket and could not get the ball through the net. Two free throws by Macy Mangold upped the Fergus lead to 37-29.

With just two minutes left on the clock, the Lady Rangers starting fouling in an attempt to get the ball back. Hayes hit two free throws to keep the Eagles on top 39-31. After Fergus missed three out of four free throws, Park came back with two free throws of its own with 1:04 left in the contest.

After Fergus missed two more free throws, the Eagles got the offensive rebound. A good pass from Mangold to Hayes gave Fergus another score. Fergus continued to miss from the free-throw line, but Park only managed one more score, a 3-point bucket. The final margin of victory was 6 points, 42-36.

Besides the 16 points by Hayes, Potter added 8 points, followed by Anderson and Zimmer with 5 each, Butcher and Mangold with 3 each and 2 points from Kolstad.

Fergus comeback falls short against Billings

Central

In Saturday’s non-conference game against Billings Central, the Lady Rams enjoyed leads of 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and 26-16 at halftime. At the end of the third period, Billings Central was up by 11 points, 35-24.

The Eagles made a run in the early part of the final eight minutes. A layup by Zimmer, followed by a 3-point basket by Butcher cut the Lady Rams lead to 35-29. After a Fergus timeout, Zimmer scored another layup to put the Eagles down by only 4 points, but that is as close as the Eagles would get. Central scored the next 5 points to take a 40-31 lead with just 1:45 left on the clock. Zimmer hit two free throws to cut the Lady Ram lead to 40-33.

After a quick Fergus timeout, Central added five free throws to salt away the 45-34 win.

Zimmer led the Eagles with 14 points. Other scorers for Fergus were Butcher 9, Hayes 5, Kolstad 3, Anderson 3 and Potter 1.

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