Mayo knocks off Austin girls with late shot

Published 10:24 pm Friday, January 8, 2010

There were good moments and bad moments, but a wild moment saw the Austin girls basketball team take a loss Friday night in Ove Berven Gym.

Rochester Mayo’s Ali Moat, a 5-4 senior guard, hit a running 10-foot jump shot with five seconds left to give the Spartans a 47-45 victory over the Packers (2-7 overall, 1-4 Big Nine), who had led 44-41 with 1:32 left.

Austin missed six out of seven free throws in the last four minutes and had 24 turnovers.

“We could’ve sealed the game by hitting some free throws,” Austin head coach Gary Peterson said. “We also had some turnovers and we missed some bunnies. It’s a game we could’ve won.”

Austin took a 42-41 lead when Sophia Hebrink drilled a baseline jumper with two minutes left and they pushed the lead to three when Babaye Oja, who had eight points and three steals, scored on a put-back.

But after the Spartans hit a free throw and Austin missed from the line, Mayo’s Brittany Sorgenifre drilled a baseline jumper, drew a foul and hit a free throw to put her team up 45-44 with 59.6 seconds left.

Bri Mayer tied the game up with a free throw with 30 seconds left for Austin.

The first half saw the Packer offense put on its best showing of the season as Austin led by as many as nine and the Packers led 31-24 with 3:11 left in the frame before Mayo scored four straight to make it 31-28 at the break.

“I thought that was the best half we’ve played all year. We played with intensity,” Peterson said

Mayo 28 19 — 47

Austin 31 14 — 45

Austin scoring: Babaye Oja, 8; Kaycee Lukes, 7; Nina Carney, 7; Jenna Svoboda, 5; Bri Mayer, 5; Meg Brucker, 5; Robin Arjes, 4; Meredith Molhusen, 2; field goals: 34.5 percent (19-for-55); three-pointers: 28.6 percent (2-for-7); free throws: 31.3 percent (5-for-16); rebounds: 25 (Oja, 5; Svoboda, 5); turnovers: 24

Mayo scoring: Sarah Bohlen, 9; Rachael Doll, 8; Ali Moat, 7; Brittany Sorgenfire, 7; Anna Hirssig, 6; Julie Miller, 5; Lauren Ulsh, 4; Anna Ryan, 1; field goals: 35.3 percent (18-for-51); three-pointers: 25 percent (2-for-8); free throws: 42.9 percent (9-for-21); rebounds: 25 (Hirssig, 6); turnovers: 19