Mar 7, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterThe Eagles held of a furious charge by Hulett on Friday morning to win 51-50 a the Class 3-A state tournament.
CASPER -- She didn't call glass, but the 3-pointer hit by Faylynn Addison with 4:44 remaining in the game proved to be the difference as St. Stephen's survived a late rallyby the Hulett Red Devils 51-50 to advance to a Saturday consolation final game against the winner of the Kaycee / Upton contest.
Saturday's tipoff is set for 9 a.m. at Casper College.
St. Stephen's controlled the game in the opening half and frustrated the Red Devils, limiting them to just one shot from the floor in 14 attempts in the first five minutes of the period.
St. Stephen's held a comfortable 28-16 lead with 3:14 remaining when Hulett rallied on a 6-0 run to close the halftime score to 28-22.
Rachelle Lynch hit a layup, and Camille Whiteman hit a follow shot to move the Eagles to a double-digit lead again at 32-22.
Hulett relied on the play of 5-9 junior Hanna Bauernfeind in the paint to stay in the game. Bauernfeind tallied all three of her shots from the floor on offensive rebounds.
Lynch hit a trey and a transition layup to keep the margin at nine until 3:07 of the third quarter.
Red Devil senior Alisha Roberts hit a pair of free throws, outran the Eagles on a coast-to-coast fast break for a layup, and hit a baseline jumper in the space of 60 seconds to close the game to three points. Jaycee Garman also hit a follow shot for Hulett during the run.
St. Stephen's head coach Mike Redman called a timeout to calm down his girls, and it was effective. Faylynn Addison hit a follow shot to end the Hulett run at 8-0.
Roberts continued to hit from the baselin,e and Hailey Letellier converted a rebound to close the game to 44-42 with 6:08 remaining.
St. Stephen's missed repeatedly from two to five feet away, leaving the pathway open for a Hulett comeback.
Hulett collapsed in the post and double-teamed Marcel Oldman each time she penetrated the lane. Oldman drove inside on one possession, was surrounded, and hit Addison with a behind-the-head pass. Addison was fouled but converted one of two to lift the Eagles to a three-point lead with five minutes left to play.
Oldman, Addison and Lynch kept the Red Devils at bay, but a follow shot by Bauernfeind with 33 seconds left to play closed the game to 51-50.
The Eagles ran the delay, and Oldman was fouled hard. She missed the front end of a bonus with :08 left. She ran down Hulett's Halle Bears from behind and flipped the ball loose, ending with a double-dribble call on Bears.
Hulett fouled Uriah Addison with 1.3 seconds left in the game. Addison missed the free throw but the rebound caromed long and the clock ran out as Hulett chased down the ball.
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