SHAWNEE—Day two of the Bison Invitational Tournament brought out some big guns in the first semifinal match, and the Class 4A seventh-ranked Elgin Owls defeated the Class 2A top-ranked Dale Pirates 67-64 in overtime.
Trailing 53-52, Dale’s Gabe Gouge knocked down a three-pointer with :10 left, giving the Pirates a 55-53 lead, but a called foul with :05 tick left gave the Owls a chance to tie.
Holden Bartosovky buried both free throws to knot the score at 55-55. Dale had the final chance but failed to get a shot off at the end of regulation.
As big as the free throws were, Bortosovky was up for something bigger.
With :07 left, Dale’s Dallen Forsythe tied the game at 64-64 on a driving layup.
After an Elgin timeout, Bartosovky took the inbounds and made his way to 30-foot out and drained the three to give the Owls the berth into Saturday night’s finals.
Barosovky finished with 17 and Yannik Grunewald led Elgin with 18 points.
Connor Slater netted 15 while Dylan Burk scored a dozen for the Owls.
Gouge led Dale with 21 points and Logan Woodruff hit for 14 points. Forsythe finished with eight points.
The Dale Lady Pirates advanced into Saturday night’s championship game of the Bison Invitational Tournament with a 67-64 win over the Kingston Lady Redskins.
Dale cruised to a 16-10 lead after the first quarter and held a comfortable 33-25 halftime lead.
The lead turned uncomfortable, fast, in the third as the Lady Redskins stormed back. They scored 26 points in the quarter and took a 51-45 lead into the final frame.
Dale gained control in the fourth and climbed their way back into the lead. That lead came back on a triple by Jacie McClure with 4:03 left. That trey gave Dale the 59-58 lead, and they never trailed again. Kingston came close in the final minutes and had possession in the final :07 of play with a chance to tie, but the Dale defense did not allow them to get a shot off as the final horn sounded.
Avri Weeks led Kingston with 17 points while Kassie Bailey hung 13. Bri Henderson and Emi Osteen each scored 10 for the Lady Redskins.
Lindy Nowakowski scored 23 for the Lady Pirates. Elaine Witt netted 17 and McClure finished with 10..