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Packer girls can’t finish off KoMets

The Austin girls basketball team ran out of chances in the late minutes as it lost to Kasson-Mantorville (16-7 overall) 65-61 in Ove Berven Gym Monday.

Kyra Walters scored in the paint to bring the Packers (13-7 overall) within 62-60 with 1:12 left in the game, but Austin missed three field goal attempts and a free throw in last minute.

Austin’s Kyra Walters goes up for a shot against Kasson-Mantorville’s Mya Suess in Ove Berven Gym Monday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

“Losing at home to a section team, that’s tough,” Austin head coach Eric Zoske said. “I’m a little curious on how we’re going to respond to this. We’ll see what the girls are made of. We had missed free throws, a missed three-pointer to tie it and we missed a floater to tie it. We literally missed our opportunities that we had. We just couldn’t get that big shot that to go in.”

The Packers had taken a 54-49 lead after Emma Dudycha had a lay-up and a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions, but Austin couldn’t hang on.

Walters finished with 17 points lo lead the Packers.

KM 29  36    65

Austin 30  31    51

Austin scoring: Kyra Walters, 17; Kiwi VanZant, 10; Colie Justice, 10; Emma Dudycha, 7; Erica Lundberg, 5; Abby Lewis, 5; Hope Dudycha, 4; Chloe Sheehan, 3

Austin’s Hope Dudycha drives past Ashlyn Bigelow in Ove Berven Gym Monday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com