HASTINGS — The youngest member of Minden's three-headed Kissinger scoring monster stood tallest against Hastings St. Cecilia Thursday.
Freshman Taylor Kissinger sank a 17-footer off an inbounds play with one second left to force overtime. The Class C-1 No. 1-rated Whippets then shut out the C-2 No. 3 Hawkettes in the extra period to remain undefeated with a 63-57 victory.
Minden (14-0) trailed 57-55 and tried a similar play after a timeout with 11.2 seconds left. But Kissinger didn't attempt a shot on that play.
Rebecca Stewart's miss rolled out of bounds on the baseline off a St. Cecilia player, giving the Whippets another try with 3.8 seconds to go.
"We ran it the time before, and we tried to get Jamie (Kissinger) in the corner," Minden coach Rick Chramosta said. "I thought Taylor could take the girl guarding her right there, so we got into the same set. I told her, 'We're running the same play. This time you shoot it.'
"She knocked it down."
Kissinger's shot from the left wing gave Minden the momentum going into overtime. She then gave the Whippets the lead for good with a basket 47 seconds into OT to cap off her 21-point, nine-rebound performance.
"She's a heck of a ballplayer," Chramosta said. "She's not a freshman. She's played as much basketball in her life as most seniors have played."
St. Cecilia coach Jahn Kile had thought about fouling on the inbounds play at the end of regulation since the Hawkettes still had two fouls to give before reaching the bonus.
"We talked in the previous huddle about possibly fouling coming off screens or on a catch," he said. "I was yelling at them to foul.
"I was debating whether to call a timeout, and I probably should have to tell them to foul on a catch and not give them a shot."
St. Cecilia (9-2) erased a five-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a 57-55 lead on Clare Hamburger's driving basket with 53 seconds to go.
After Kissinger missed on the other end, Shandra Farmer couldn't convert on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 22.8 seconds to go. That set up Minden's final possession.
"Things weren't looking real bright there for a few times," Chramosta said. "The girls hung in there.
"We had a lot of empty possessions there that were just about killing me. That's not us. We usually get shots. They're not the best shots. Sometimes they don't go in. But we don't turn the ball over much. We had two, three turnovers where we just threw it out of bounds. I think it had a little to do with fatigue as much as anything, physical and mental."
St. Cecilia had its chances in overtime but missed on all six shots from the floor.
"We got two great looks, and one hung on the rim and rolled off," Kile said. "The other one I think went in and out. We need those two buckets. That would have helped the momentum part of it.
"They went down and scored, and that's all she wrote in overtime."
The Kissinger trio accounted for 49 points and 23 rebounds. Senior twins Brooke Kissinger (17 points) and Jamie Kissinger (11 points, 10 rebounds) also finished in double figures.
Farmer topped the Hawkettes with 19 points. Morgan Nikkila was right behind with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Hamburger chipped in 13 points.
"We knew we had to score some points against this team because you're not going to hold them down to the low 40s and win a game against them," Kile said.
Both teams were scoring from the start with Minden taking a 21-17 lead after the first quarter.
The Whippets quickly put up five points in the final eight seconds of the first half to grab a 34-28 halftime lead, but St. Cecilia answered with a 7-0 run to start the second half.
"I thought the end of the first half hurt us bad," Kile said. "They went on a 5-0 run, and that hurt us pretty bad going into halftime.
"Coming out the second half and getting the lead pretty quick, I thought that was a big step for the rest of the second half."
The lead changed hands 17 times overall.
Minden 63, Hastings 57, OT
MINDEN (14-0): Rowse 1-1 0-0 3, B. Kissinger 8-16 0-1 17, T. Kissinger 6-14 8-10 21, J. Kissinger 3-11 4-4 11, Stewart 4-14 0-0 8, Woodward 0-1 0-0 0, Denney 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 23-59 12-15 63.
HASTINGS ST. CECILIA (9-2): Sheehy 0-2 2-2 2, Hamburger 5-15 2-4 13, Farmer 7-14 2-3 19, Wright 2-3 0-0 5, Nikkila 7-15 3-4 18, Schwenka 0-0 0-0 0, O'Callaghan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-49 9-13 57.
Minden ..................... 21 13 11 12 6—63
Hastings SC ............. 17 11 18 11 0—57
3-point field goals—Minden 5-19 (Rowse 1-1, B. Kissinger 1-5, Denney 1-2, T. Kissinger 1-6, J. Kissinger 1-5), HSC 6-18 (Hamburger 1-4, Farmer 3-7, Wright 1-1, Nikkila 1-6). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Minden 39 (J. Kissinger 10), HSC 31 (Nikkila 11). Assists—Minden 7 (B. Kissinger 3), HSC 8 (Farmer 4). Turnovers—Minden 14, HSC 17. Total fouls—Minden 16, HSC 15. Technicals—none.
Class C-2 No. 5-rated Hastings St. Cecilia opened the second half with a 9-0 run to pull away for a 51-32 win over Minden Thursday.
The Bluehawks (10-3) only led 19-17 at halftime but gave up three points in the third quarter. Minden didn't score until there was 1:11 left in the period.
In its two wins this week, St. Cecilia has given up a total of nine points in the third quarter.
"I thought we played so aggressive the first half, and maybe overly aggressively," St. Cecilia coach Kevin Asher said. "We gave them some angles to the basket because of going for a fake or trying for the great play instead of just playing solid on defense.
"In the third quarter we talked to our kids about just staying solid, stay in position, don't overextend yourself, don't give up the backcuts and take away the post entry. I thought we did an excellent job the second half, especially the third quarter."
The Bluehaws also got their inside-outside game going with posts Zach Kitten and Thomas Skoch combining for seven of the team's 12 points in the third. Alex Sheehy also hit a 3-pointer.
"I think the post entry was better," Asher said. "They shared the ball inside. I think there were some Skoch-Kitten looks. Then they hit the offensive glass. Even though they may not have gotten an offensive rebound, they got a tip so somebody else on the team got an offensive rebound.
"I thought we owned the paint for the last 16 minutes, where in the first half it was either dead even or they won that war."
Kitten was the game's only double-figure scorer with 13 points.
Minden (5-8) ................................... 10 7 3 12—32
Hastings SC (10-3) ......................... 12 7 12 20—51
MINDEN—Choquette 5, Jacobsen 2, Werner 2, Nielsen 2, Lovin 6, Gibbins 2, DeLaet 6, Muller 7.
HASTINGS ST. CECILIA—Sealey 4, Teano 9, Asher 7, Howell 3, Kitten 13, Skoch 8, Sheehy 7.