Basketball teams get wins at Hoopster classics
January 3, 2020


A run in the fourth quarter led to an overtime first for the Panther girls.

It led to a win Monday over the Flasher Bulldogs at the Girls Hoopster Classic Monday evening at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Flasher struck first in the game. The Panthers then took the lead with a three-pointer from Brooke Blessum. After a second three-pointer from Blessum, the Bulldogs would score six unanswered points to take a 12-6 lead by the end of the first.

In the second quarter, the Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 15-12 and trimmed the deficit to just three points before halftime.

In the third quarter, the Bulldogs widened the gap. For a few minutes during the quarter, the gap was as large as 14 points. The Panthers then trimmed the gap to seven points with unanswered scores from Blessum and Anna Johnson in the final minute of play in the quarter.

The Panthers opened the fourth quarter with a bucket. The Bulldogs responded with a three-pointer from Camryn Alt just over a minute later.

The Panthers then netted eight unanswered points to tie the game 38-38.

With just over three minutes left in regulation, Sarah Blessum went for a loose ball and collided with a Flasher defender. The resulting hard fall sent her to the floor. After receiving evaluations from trainers and head coach Jen Brossart, Blessum was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. According to the Panther girls basketball Facebook page, there were initial concerns that she might have sustained a neck fracture due to "numbness in her fingers and legs." Blessum was determined to have a "slight concussion."

The game continued with 3:07 left to play in regulation. Both squads scored four points apiece to send the game into overtime.

"That was a big deal for us," Brossart said. "Girls stepped up when they had to, girls that have experience from playing at big games last year they really came out and played well in the fourth quarter."

In overtime, Mykell Heidlebaugh landed a three-pointer, and the Panthers would get 5-for-6 free throws to get a 50-46 win.

"We got ahead and we nailed our free throws when we had to. I thought our girls played with poise down the stretch and that's a good sign for the future," Brossart said.


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