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Battle Lake drops Arrows in overtime

The Ashby girls’ basketball team nearly pulled off an upset victory over Battle Lake Tuesday in a 45-41 overtime loss at home.

Battle Lake came into the game with five more wins than Ashby, but the Battlers still needed overtime to finish off the Arrows.

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At halftime, Ashby trailed 23-20, but the team fought back to build up a two-point lead in the closing seconds of the second half.

“We came out of the half ready to play,” head coach Troy Mickelson said. “Our ladies did a good job of attacking on offense when the opportunities were there and pulled it back when they weren’t.”

The Battlers tied the game on a two-point basket with only 3.5 seconds left, and the Arrows were unable to respond. Battle Lake made its move in overtime and finished the game with a 45-41 victory.

Cassandra Jordan led the Arrows by scoring 17 points, and Madison Van Santen also finished with 11.

The Arrows bench also played a big role in the game when a few of the starters found themselves in foul trouble. Mickelson pointed to Abbi Ras and Sarah Anderson as two players who came off the bench to spark the defense.

“I think that is what I like so much about coaching this team,” Mickelson said. “We always have someone who steps up when we need them.”

The loss dropped the Arrows to 2-11 this season and helped Battle Lake improve to 8-5.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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