Packer girls come back to beat Panthers

Published 1:23 am Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Austin girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season when it made up a 16-point deficit in the first half of a 67-62 win at Rochester Century (2-2 overall, 1-1 Big Nine) Friday.

The Packers (1-3 overall, 1-1 Big Nine) trailed by 16 in the first half but they tied up at 34 at the break. Austin took the lead with three minutes to go and Sophia Hebrink hit three-of-four free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.

“This was a really good win on the road against a team that’s considered to be one of the better teams in the Big Nine,” Austin head coach Gary Peterson said.

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Austin’s sophomore center Jenna Svoboda, who scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, had her best career game and junior forward Babaye Oja chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Century was led by Maggie Pumper, who scored 24 points and hit six-of-nine threes.

“She was knocking them down early, but we found her down the stretch,” Peterson said.

Austin forced 23 Century turnovers and held the Panthers to 34 percent shooting from the field.

Austin 34 33 — 67

Century 34 28 — 62

Austin scoring: Jenna Svoboda, 27; Babaye Oja, 14; Sophia Hebrink, 8; Meredith Molhusen, 7; Stephanie Justice, 5; Nina Carney, 4; Taylor Lady, 2; field goals: 31 percent (23-for-73); three-pointers: 37 percent (7-for-19); free throws: 61 percent (14-for-23); rebounds: 40 (Oja, 11); turnovers: 11