Myona Dauphinais clutch 3 helps Four Winds/Minnewaukan take down the Panthers 63-57.
FORT TOTTEN — Four Winds/Minnewaukan led No. 4 Rugby by one with 1 minute, 14 seconds remaining on the clock. With possession, the Indians moved the ball into their half-court set. Myona Dauphinais stepped back behind the three-point line, called for the ball and … well she’ll explain it to you.
“Jazmine (Lohnes) dribbled penetrated, kicked out and I had to knock it down.”
Dauphinais’ 3-pointer with 50 seconds left proved to be enough as the Indians knocked off the Panthers 63-57 Saturday.
The freshman guard finished with a game-high 24 points, including two free-throws that iced it for the Indians who have won three straight. Dauphinais also had four steals.
“It was very nerve racking,” Dauphinais said of those free throws that kept the Indians (9-2) up four with seconds remaining. “I just had to concentrate and make my free throws.”
Dauphinais added a basket as the horn sounded for good measure.
“Myona is a helluva player when she puts her mind to it,” said Indians coach Sean Gourd. “She has good awareness, she reads the defenses really well and she’s confident.
“It’s a good team win,” Gourd continued. “We had some troubles in the beginning, we fought through that … it’s a good win.”
Ezura Rainbow scored 13 points, had 11 rebounds and three steals for the Indians who jumped out to an early 6-0 lead but Rugby outscored the Indians 18-7 to close out the quarter. The Indians held the Panthers to nine second quarter points and the two teams were tied at 27-all at halftime.
The teams exchanged leads throughout much of the third quarter but with Rugby ahead 37-36 after a 3-pointer by Anni Stier, the Indians went on a 10-2 run to close out the third that gave them the lead for good — despite needing Dauphinais’ 3 to ensure the victory.
“I thought Four Winds played a heck of a game tonight,” said Panthers coach Jen Brossart. “We committed a lot of turnovers that were costly to us and shot ourselves in the foot when we normally don’t do that.
“So this was a lesson learned for Rugby. We have to get back to the drawing board.”
Sarah Blessum scored 17 points and Stier finished with 12 for the Panthers who fell to 10-1 for the season.
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No. 4 Rugby at Four Winds/Minnewaukan box score
Rugby 18 9 12 18 — 57
Four Winds/Minn. 13 14 19 17 — 63
S. Blessum 17, Stier 12, M. Blessum 10, B. Blessum 8, McCabe 4, Heidlebaugh 0. Totals 21 12-16 57.
FOUR WINDS-MINNEWAUKAN (9-2)
Dauphinais 24, Rainbow 13, Littleghost 11, Lohnes 9, Bellile 4, Deng 2, Santos 0. Totals 26 9-17 63.