Area Girls Basketball: Late free throw seals Pioneers’ win

The Crosby-Ironton Rangers traveled to Pierz for a Section 7-2A matchup Monday, Jan. 17.

Girls basketball Pierz vs. Crosby- Ironoton
With Crosby-Ironton Rangers Tori Oehrlein on the left and Josie Schaefer on the right, Pierz Pioneer Kiara Olesch shoots the ball during their game Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at Healy High School in Pierz.
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PIERZ — Ashley Kimman finished with 10 points, including the tying basket with 1:28 remaining, and Alyssa Sadlovsky hit the game-winning free throw with 23 seconds left to lead the Pierz Pioneers to a 49-48 victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in a Section 7-2A showdown Monday, Jan. 17.

Kiara Olesch led the Pioneers with 17 points as they improved to 11-3 and collected their fifth-straight victory.

Tori Oehrlein led the Rangers with 21 points and Mya Decent followed with 13, but C-I shot just 34% from the field, including just 8-of-26 from 3-point to fall to 10-5 overall.

Prior to Monday’s game, Pierz was second in the Section 7-2A standings behind Pequot Lakes with a 2-1 section record and a 14 Quality Results Formula rating. C-I was sitting sixth with a 6-3 section record and a 24 QRF.

Crosby-Ironton 23 25 -- 48
Pierz 20 29 -- 49


Josie Schaefer 4, Mya DeCent 13, Bryn Hollenhorst 2, Margaret Silgen 5, Ellen Silgen 3, Tori Oehrlein 21. FG 17-50 (34 %), FT 6-6 (100%). 3-point 8-26 (30%). Overall: 10-5. Next: hosts Pequot Lakes 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

Katie Leidenfrost 4, Britney Schommer 2, Kiara Olesch 17, Ashley Kimman 10, Kenna Otte 4, Lily Riley 3, Alyssa Sadlovsky 9. FG 20-54 (37%), FT 5-8 (62%). 3-point 4-14 28(%). Overall: 11-3. Next: at Zimmerman 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

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