Zephyrs top T-Birds
Fischer scores 24 in final game
By Greg Seubert
An 11-3 scoring advantage in overtime lifted St. Mary Catholic to a 42-34 win over Iola-Scandinavia Feb. 21 in the opening round of the WIAA girls’ basketball tournament.
Leighten Fischer scored 24 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for the Thunderbirds. The team’s other senior, Kendall Johnson, had six points and five steals and Mia Wandtke chipped in with six rebounds.
Fischer scored 10 points in the first half as the T-Birds took a 17-13 lead at the break.
I-S led by as many as six points in the second half, but couldn’t stop the Zephyrs’ Abbi Thelen, who led her team with 24 points. Thelen’s three-point play with 3:17 remaining gave the Zephyrs a 31-29 lead, but Johnson tied the game with 1:11 to go.
The teams went into overtime tied at 31-31 and Thelen scored the first seven points of the overtime period to give the Zephyrs a 38-31 lead.
Fischer answered with her second three-pointer to cut the lead to four points, but St. Mary Catholic’s Alicia Thone sealed the win with four free throws in the closing minutes.