With nothing to lose, and everything to gain, the Sully Buttes Charger girls pushed the Faulkton Trojans to the brink, but in the end, the Trojans came away with a 56-47 victory Tuesday night in Faulkton.
The Chargers had trouble finding a consistent rhythm offensively, but made up for it on the defensive end by outworking the Trojans at every opportunity. Sully Buttes led late in the third quarter, but with .07 tenths of a second left in the third quarter, Faulkton got a baseline inbounds and senior Peyton Melius caught the ball and banked it home to give Faulkton a 37-36 lead. After a back and forth fourth quarter, the Trojans’ Isabel Aesoph took charge and scored ten points in the stanza, and finished with 22 on the night, leading all scorers. Melius added ten points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
The Chargers trailed by as much as eleven early, but kept working and chipping away at the Trojans lead, and trailed 23-18 at the half. The Chargers were led by Stevie Wittler, with 16, and Lydia Hill with 12 points.
The Chargers had to foul late, and send the Trojans to the free throw line. Not a bad strategy, as Faulkton ended the night going 14 of 31, while the Chargers made ten of 17 attempts.
Sully Buttes ends its’ season at 10-11, while Faulkton ups it’s mark to 14-7, and will face Highmore Harrold, the second seed in Region 2B, as the Pirates defeated North Central 59-23.