Chris Murphy, Published March 08 2013
Ada-Borup holds off Parkers Prairie for section title
Vega, who spent most of Friday’s Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 girls basketball championship game diving on the ground, thought one more meeting with the Memorial Auditorium floor couldn’t hurt.
It did, but just like the Cougars had done all night, Vega held her ground and got the offensive foul call to help seal a 51-47 win over No. 6 Parkers Prairie and a ticket to the state tournament.
“She’s a pretty big girl, and she’s really built,” said Vega, who finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four steals. “It hurt pretty bad, but it was great knowing right at the end of the game I got the charge.”
After Vega forced the offensive foul, Shaina Stevenson scored two of her nine second-half points at the free-throw line to put the game on ice. Ada-Borup never trailed after going up 5-3 early on, but this game was anything but a smooth ride.
“They gave us a shove, and we gave them a shove back,” Ada-Borup forward Megan Kolness said. “We had to play with a lot of muscle tonight. They kept pushing us down on our butts and we had to control ourselves.”
Ada-Borup (26-3) was rolling, up 39-26 and less than 11 minutes away from getting redemption for a
48-44 loss earlier in the season to Parkers Prairie (26-2). But the Panthers woke up with a 13-3 run to cut the Cougars’ lead to 42-39 with less than five minutes to go. Heidi Eggen scored two of her 11 points on a layup to make it 44-39 with less than two minutes to go.
Then Vega became the floor general. Not because she ran the Ada-Borup offense, but because she literally was all over the floor. After a Parkers Prairie timeout with 90 seconds left, Vega stole the ball, drove it the length of the court and got fouled to the ground. She sank both free throws to put the Cougars up 46-39.
After Parkers Prairie made it 46-41, Kolness joined the floor party. She split a pair of free throws, but got her own rebound and was fouled and fell to the ground. She split those free throws to give Ada-Borup a 48-41 lead.
Dorn wasn’t done, as she got a 3-point play. And after the Cougars split two free throws, Dorn drained a
3-pointer with 40.1 seconds to pull within 49-47.
The Panthers stole the ball with 27 seconds left, and just as it seemed there were no Cougars in sight and the Panthers had a
3-on-zero break, Vega came out of nowhere and stole the ball again. Kolness missed two more free throws, but Vega held her ground with the offensive foul in the closing seconds.
“We wanted revenge for last time we played them, and they weren’t going to give up,” Vega said. “It’s great knowing we get another chance to play in the big game.”
AB (26-3): Stevenson 3 3-4 9, Vega 5 4-5 14, Eggen 5 1-2 11, Gehrtz 2 0-1 3, Kolness 2 2-7, 7, Poehler 2 0-2 4, Lee 1 1-2 3.
P (26-2): Noga 6 1-2 15, Taylor 3 5-6 13, Dorn 5 1-1 13, Swanson 1 0-0 2, Warren 1 0-0 2, Pratt 1 0-0 2.
Half: A 28, P 19. 3-point goals: Kolness 1, Noga 1, Taylor 2, Dorn 2. Total fouls: P 16, A 6. Rebounds: P 19 (Pratt 5), A 26 (Stevenson 6). Turnovers: P 10, A 15.
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