The Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians beat the Shiloh Christian Skyhawks Friday night and emerged as the number one ranked girls team in Class B and #1 overall according to MaxPreps. The Skyhawks came into the game ranked fifth in the state, and according to MaxPreps ended the night 26th in Class B, and 31st in the state.

The Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians beat the Shiloh Christian Skyhawks Friday night and emerged as the number one ranked girls team in Class B and #1 overall according to MaxPreps.  The Skyhawks came into the game ranked fifth in the state, and according to MaxPreps ended the night 26th in Class B, and 31st in the state.

The Skyhawks started strong, led by Allison Bearstail's shooting from the arc in the first quarter.  Bearstail hit two from outside, and just missed a third, but it was enough to give the Skyhawks a  14-13 lead after one.

The Indians answered from the outside in the second, with Latasha Bellile hitting two and Riah Littleghost one from twenty feet.  The Indians made a run on the Skyhawks and were up by ten, 30-20, and in control when Skykawks coach Daryl Bearstail called a timeout with 1:18 left in the half.  The Skyhawks came out and came back within five on the outside shooting of Olivia Martin.  

The teams went into halftime, the Indians up 35-30.

The teams traded a couple of turnovers each to start the second half.  The Indians defense, with Louelle Deng and Ezura Rainbow taking turns staking out territory in the middle, kept the Skyhawks looking for the outside shot.  The Indians got through the paint in the first half, but the Skyhawks did a good job locking it down in the second with good post play by Jacie Hall, and the Indians were forced trying to get inside along the baseline.

The Indians maintained a five-point margin for much of the quarter, went up by seven with around two minutes left, and then the Skyhawks threatened again.  They got defensive stops and points off of fastbreaks, and pulled within three, 44-41.  A foul put Littleghost at the line, and the Indians had their margin back.  Littleghost stole a half-court pass and was fouled going up for a layup with two seconds left.  She hit both and the Indians had their biggest lead of the night, 50-41.

The Indians were still shut out of the paint going into the fourth, and the Skyhawks pressure stopped them from getting any good looks near the lane.  The Skyhawks had a couple of good chances early to cut the lead, but couldn't get any nearer than six.  Until just under four minutes when they mounted a serious run on the Indians.

The Skyhawks got some shooting from Martin, Hall, and Grace Kelly to make it a two-point game, 53-51, with 3:30 left to play.

The run ended with a foul on Bellile who hit two, and the rest of the game was all Indians, who went on a 20-4 run.

The biggest plays, and the ones the Indians needed to seal the game, came with less than two minutes.  Myona Dauphinais, who'd had a relatively quiet game, picked off two passes at half-court and took them to the hoop.  She also go to the line four times with a couple of cross-overs and slicing through the Skyhawks defense at the elbow, and then on a couple of drive-and-spins along the baseline.

The Skyhawks were down 64-55 and Beartails called a timeout with forty-six seconds left to try and settle his offense.  But the Indians intercepted nearly every pass the Skyhawks made in the closing seconds, and got to the line on every one of them.

The Indians beat the Skyhawks 73-55.

"We played a great game," said Sean Gourd, Indians head coach, after the game.  "Shiloh is a good team and well-coached, and they have some shooters.  But we held them.  Our girls played great defense.  We also went 18-22 from the line--that's the game right there.  The thing is, we've got depth, and these girls are always ready to pick each other up.  This is a good win and I'm proud of the girls."

 

Scoring

Myona Dauphinais led all scorers with 27, and went 5-7 from the line.  Littleghost 20, 6-8; and Bellile 17, 5-6.

Olivia Martin led the Skyhawks with 16; Hall 14; and Kelly nine.  The Skyhawks went 0-3 from the line as a team.