West Hancock’s season ends in OT heartbreak

Kelly Leerar drives towards the rim. 

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

Rachel Leerar works her inside to try and widen West Hancock's lead in the fourth quarter against Kee. The layup helped put the Eagles up 32-29. West Hancock would end up losing in overtime 39-46.


            That’s how many points the West Hancock Eagles scored in overtime against Kee in the Regional Finals in New Hampton on Wednesday.

            West Hancock was held to its lowest score all season, losing 39-46.

            “If you told me I’d get limited to [39] points, I’d laugh at you,” coach Paul Sonius said.

            The game could be summed up in one play.

            To start the second quarter, Sydney Burgardt pulled up at the three-point line and shot a near-perfect jumper.

            The ball appeared as if it was going in but popped out.

            Amanda Chizek leaped up and snatched the ball on the rebound and tossed the ball back up.

            Once again the ball teased going in, but defiantly tipped out.

            The Eagles made 11 of 49 shots.

            It didn’t matter where West Hancock’s girls shot from, nothing seemed to go in.

            Added pressure from Kee’s defense made it especially tough to hit the shots inside the paint. 

Read the complete story in the Feb. 28 edition of The Leader.