Austin girls basketball team falls to Owatonna

Published 9:09 pm Friday, February 23, 2018

The Austin girls basketball team lost to Owatonna 58-52 in Ove Berven Gym Friday.

The Packers (12-13 overall, 11-10 Big Nine) held the lead for much of the first half and they were as close as 55-50 after Kiwi VanZant scored with 32.5 seconds left.

The Huskies (20-6 overall, 19-3 Big Nine) led by as many 11 in the second half before Austin surged back.

Austin’s Chloe Sheehan carries the ball up court during the first half Friday night in Ove Berven Gym. Eric Johnson/

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“We played well enough to win, but we left a few free throws out there and those add up,” Austin head coach Eric Zoske said. “That’s a tough team to play catch-up against. They have their all-time leading scorer [Syd Schultz] and they have 11 seniors. That’s a very athletic team and one of the best teams in our conference.”

Abby Lewis had 13 points and nine rebounds and Emily Hegna had 12 points and nine rebounds for Austin.

Owatonna 29  29    58

Austin 25  27    52

Austin scoring: Abby Lewis, 13; Emily Hegna, 12; Kiwi VanZant, 8; Emma Dudycha, 5; Hope Dudycha, 4; Chloe Sheehan, 3; Kyra Walters, 3; Paiton Schwab, 2; Erica Lundberg, 2; free throws: 50 percent (7-for-14); rebounds; 32 (Hegna, 9; Lewis, 9); turnovers: 16

Austin’s Abby Lewis bounces a pass through the Owatonna defense during the first half Friday night in Ove Berven Gym. Eric Johnson/