Huskers score last six points to eliminate Saint Paul

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Brandon Haake hit the second of a two-shot free-throw chance to tie the game at 40-40 with 1 minute, 40 seconds to play.

The final minute and a half belonged to Higginsville, which moved to the semifinal round of the Class 3, District 15 event with a 46-40 victory last week Tuesday at Higginsville.

"We didn't play all that well. We hit only 29 percent of our two-point shots, had 17 turnovers and got outrebounded by 10," SPLHS head coach Monte Pitsch said.

The Saints fell behind 18-13 after the first quarter but led 23-22 at halftime. The Huskers regained the lead, 32-31, going to the fourth quarter.

"Despite playing so poorly, our defense kept us in the game until the very end, though we had trouble, at times, stopping Tyrell (Thirkield)," Pitsch said.

Haake was on fire from behind the three-point arc, hitting five during the game, and finishing with 18 points to top the Saints.

Brendan Anderson had seven points, four assists and two steals. Clint Stuenkel added five points and two steals. Seth Dahlke had four points and seven boards, and Jon Foster registered four points. Sam Schmidt had two points and two assists.

Thirkield led the Huskers with 18 points. No other Husker had more than six points.

"It is always tough to end the season with a loss, especially when you know you can play better," Pitsch said.

The Saints, 14-10, lose seniors Haake, Anderson, Stuenkel, Daniel Safarik and Joshua Hoffmann.

NOTE: Starting the game, Haake was four points away from 1,000 in his three-year SPLHS career. He hit the 1,000-plus mark when he drained his second three-point shot in the first quarter.

NOTE: The Huskers went on to upend second-seeded Richmond 57-54 in the semifinal round Thursday before losing to top-seeded Penney of Hamilton 67-44 in the

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