ST. PETER — Sophomore guard Karlea Kyllo’s slicing drive to the cup with 4.8 seconds left in the second overtime Monday night at Lund Center lifted Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity to a thrilling 82-80 win over Minnesota Valley Lutheran in the Section 2A, North Subsection title game.
LPHT (18-10) forced the first extra session when freshman guard Madi Radtke fired in two 3-pointers in the final 12.7 seconds, the second coming on a 25-foot desperation heave at the buzzer.
“We believed we could come back, and it was an awesome feeling when that shot went in,” said Ratdke, who along with Kyllo and senior wing Courtney Scoblic netted 17 points. “I knew there were only a few seconds left on the clock so I just dribbled and let it go. I honestly didn’t think it was going to go in because it was quite a bit to the left. But it banked through and things got crazy.”
MVL (17-9) forged things into a second overtime despite losing 5-foot-11 junior power forward Anna Munsen to fouls early in the four-minute segment. Trailing 72-67, the Chargers drew even on a driving hoop from senior forward Alexa Alfred along with senior guard Mariah’s left-side 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds to go. It looked like the Chargers might pull things out even though three regulars — Nicole Moldstad, Munsen and Charlotte Pfingsten — were on the bench when a foul shot by Rebekka Olsen and transition drive by Pfingsten produced a 75-72 lead. However, Radtke’s top-of-the-key triple and two free throws along with Scoblic’s layup off a turnover gave the Bulldogs a 79-75 edge.
MVL managed to tie things behind Olsen’s follow-up basket and Alfred’s three-point play off a drive to the basket with 12.7 seconds to go. Kyllo then came up with the game-winner and Radtke picked off the Chargers’ final inbound pass.