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Girls Basketball: Mya Stacey hits game-winning free throws as Nevis tops Walker-Hackensack-Akeley

The 33-31 win avenged a 62-53 loss to the Wolves earlier this season.

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NEVIS – Mya Stacey hit two free throws with :06 remaining to complete a comeback and give the Nevis girls basketball team a 33-31 Northwoods Conference victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at the Tiger Arena on Thursday, Jan. 27.

The Tigers, who lost to W-H-A 62-53 on Dec. 9, trailed 31-25 before closing the game on an 8-0 run. Stacey hit two free throws and Ava Isaacson hit two jumpers to tie the game at 31-31 before Stacey made the game-winning free throws.

Jumpers by Kayli Bessler and Isaacson gave Nevis a 4-2 lead before the Wolves claimed a 16-7 advantage. Bessler hit another jumper, but the Tigers trailed 18-9 at the half.

A 3-pointer by Bessler, two layups by Isaacson and a jumper by Marley Mitchell cut the gap to 19-18 before a 3-pointer by Emily Funk and a jumper by Bessler tied the game at 23-23. W-H-A went on an 8-2 run to reclaim the lead before the Tigers rallied for the win.

Isaacson’s 10 points and seven rebounds and Bessler’s double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds led the Tigers. Addison Lindow dished out four assists while Mitchell and Isaacson had three steals each as Nevis improved to 7-3 in the conference and 10-6 overall.

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Aubrey Morrison’s 11 points paced the Wolves, who fell to 3-4 in the conference and 8-6 overall.

WALKER-HACKENSACK-AKELEY: Av. Morrison 3 2-3 8, Au. Morrison 3 5-8 11, Welk 2 0-0 5, Naas 2 1-4 5, Johannsen 1 0-0 2 Totals: 11 for 33 (FG), 8 for 15 (FT).

NEVIS: Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Isaacson 6 2-3 14, Lindow 0 0-0 0, Bessler 4 1-2 10, Stacey 0 4-6 4, Funk 1 0-0 3, DeWulf 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 for 43 (FG), 7 for 11 (FT).

Halftime: W-H-A 18, Nevis 9. Three-pointers: Welk 1, Bessler 1, Funk 1. Team fouls: W-H-A 12, Nevis 12. Rebounds: Nevis 24 (Bessler 10, Isaacson 7, Mitchell 4, Lindow 2, Stacey 1). Assists: Nevis 7 (Lindow 4, Isaacson 2, Bessler 1). Steals: Nevis 10 (Mitchell 3, Isaacson 3, Lindow 2, Stacey 2). Blocked shots: Nevis 2 (Bessler 1, Stacey 1). Turnovers: W-H-A 18, Nevis 16.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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