The Chadron State College women’s basketball team saved its best for last.
The Eagles, who trailed most of the game, rallied in the latter stages of the fourth quarter to overcome a 52-44 deficit and go ahead 55-52, hung on for dear life in the final minute of regulation, then edged South Dakota Mines 70-67 in overtime during the season finale Saturday night in the Chicoine Center.
It was the sixth of the season for the Eagles against 22 losses.
Mines had led by as many as nine points in the second quarter. Chadron State’s last lead was 36-34 midway through the third quarter until five different Eagles scored on layups and one of them added a free throw during a 11-0 run in a 3 ½-minute stretch late in the game.
The last basket was by senior center Kendra Baucom off a pass from freshman Bailey Brooks with 64 seconds still showing. Mines sent the game into OT by making three of four free shots.
Eagles’ freshman standout Taryn Foxen opened overtime with a 3-pointer and Mines never caught up. CSC was four-of-six from the field and made six of seven free throws in the five-minute extra session. The Hardrockers hit all six of their charity shots in overtime and were two of seven from the field, both of them treys.
CSC senior Kalli Feddersen closed out her gritty career with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, all game-highs. Foxen added 17 points and Letty Rodriguez 12. Rodriguez’s 3-pointer at the buzzer heading into overtime was one of the game’s big shots. It cut Mines’ lead to 29-25.
Sophomores Sami Steffeck and Copper Courtney each had 16 points for the Hardrockers, who finished the regular season at 16-12 overall and 11-11 in the conference, giving them the eighth spot in RMAC Shootout this week.
The Eagles got off to a briskk start Friday night, scoring the final eight points in the first period for a 17-11 lead. But Black Hills State outscored the hosts in each of the remaining quarters and won 66-54 to hike its record to 21-6 for the season and 15-6 in the RMAC. The Yellow Jackets also defeated Regis 69-53 on Saturday night in Denver, giving them a home court date in the RMAC Shootout this week.
Neither team shot well from the field. Black Hills was 21-62 and only 3-17 from 3-point range while Chadron State was 20-62 and 2-13. But the Jackets were 21-33 from the free throw line, including 10-16 in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles were only 12-20 at the line.
Freshman Lyndzi Rich scored 14 points and junior Keeley Bertram 12 and also grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Black Hills. The visitors won the rebounding battle 53-36.
Foxen was eight of 17 from the field to pace CSC with 19 points and also claimed a team-high seven rebounds. Feddersen added 10 points, including four-of-four on free throws, to give her 192 points from the line for the season to break Lorna Dahlgren’s 22-year-old school record.
Black Hills State 66, Chadron State 54
Black Hills State—Lyndzi Rich 14, Keely Bertram 12, Rachel Erickson 8, Danielle Noble 7, Julia Seamans 6, Katie Mussler 5, Hannah Cass 4, Remi Wientjes 4, Alyssia Martinez 2, Cortez Standing Bear 2, Haley Schneider 2. Totals: 21-62 (3-17) 21-33 66 points, 53 rebounds, 16 turnovers.
Chadron State—Taryn Foxen 19, Kalli Feddersen 10, Letty Rodriguez 8, Savannah Weidnauer 5, Kendra Baucom 4, Jessica Harvey 3, Jessica Lovett 3, Celeste Cardona 2. Totals: 20-62 (2-13) 12-20 54 points, 36 rebounds, 15 turnovers.
Black Hills State 11 17 19 19 ----66
Chadron State 17 10 16 11 ----54
3-pointers: BH—Erickson, Noble, Seamans, all 1. CSC—Foxen, Rodriguez, both 1.
Chadron State 70, South Dakota Mines 67 (OT)
South Dakota Mines—Sami Steffeck 16, Cooper Courtney 16, Taylor Molstad 10, Ryan Weiss 10, Anna Haugen 8, Molly McCabe 4, Krista Showalter 3. Totals: 21-69 (7-29) 18-22 67 points, 42 rebounds, 14 turnovers.
Chadron State—Kalli Feddersen 21, Taryn Foxen 17, Letty Rodriguez 12, Kendra Baucom 8, Jessica Harvey 8, McKenna McClintic 2, Savannah Weidauer 2. Totals: 27-68 (5-18) 11-17 67 points, 46 rebounds, 19 turnovers.
South Dakota Mines 13 16 10 16 12 ----67
Chadron State 11 14 13 15 15 ----70
3-pointers: SDM—Steffeck 2, Weiss 2, Courtney 2, Molstad 1. CSC—Foxen 2, Rodriguez 2, Feddersen 1.