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Solon Springs boys and girls suffer tough OT losses

Superior Telegram

The Solon Springs girls basketball team lost a hard-fought game to Washburn in overtime Friday night.

The Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 55-55 at the end of regulation, but Washburn pulled ahead in overtime to win 62-58.

“The girls played a great game, which came down to who could make their free throws and layups in the end,” said Brian Amys, head coach of the Eagles.

Solon Springs is now 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Indianhead Conference.

The Eagles controlled the game in the first half, leading 29-26 after two quarters, but Washburn surged ahead in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead at one point. Solon Springs entered the fourth quarter down 43-36, and outscored Washburn 19-12 in the final eight minutes to tie the game.

Solon Springs had opportunities to take the lead in the closing minutes but came up short.

“We created an opportunity to win the game and just did not take advantage with two missed layups and two missed free throws as time expired,” Amys said.

In overtime, the Castle Guards made key shots, while the Eagles could not capitalize on scoring opportunities.

Shayla Bornholdt led Solon Springs for the night with 18 points. Tylor Kruse added 12 points; Autumn Blaylock had 10; Phoenix Thomas had nine; Ricki Bailey had three; and Alicia Jensen, Kalry Sutherland and Talyor Anderson had two points apiece.

The Eagles were back in action Monday a home game against Shell Lake. Today Solon Springs plays at South Shore, and Friday the Eagle girls travel to Bayfield.

Washburn 13 13 17 12 7 — 62

Solon Springs 16 13 7 19 3 — 58

OT heartbreaker

The Solon Springs boys basketball team suffered a heartbreaking double overtime loss Thursday at Drummond in Indianhead Conference basketball action.

The game had been back and forth all night when Austin Khalar’s apparent winning basket was waved off for charging with five seconds to go, sending the game into overtime.

With the first overtime winding down and the Eagles down by three, Daniel Gengenbach drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send the game into another extra session. The Eagles could not repeat the magic, however, as the Lumberjacks held on for a 58-55 win.

Gengenbach had a huge night with 30 points and 16 rebounds for Solon Springs. Khalar had eight points, Adam Vandenberghe and Logan Long had six each, Zach Rajala had three and Ryan Anderson had two.

The Eagles are now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference action. Solon Springs hosted Shell Lake Monday and travels to South Shore today.