Rachael Ausrud gets fouled under the basket during Hayfield’s sub-section game against Dover-Eyota.
After defeating Dover-Eyota on Monday, 56-42, at the Mayo Civic Center, the Vikings moved forward in the hopes of nabbing the sub-section championship on Saturday. But a narrow 60-58 loss to number one seed Kenyon-Wanamingo brought the team's season to an end.
K-W jumped out to a quick 12-7 lead after the first five minutes of the game. By the nine-minute mark Hayfield came back and cut the lead to two points.
Going into the locker room at halftime K-W had a six-point lead over Hayfield.
The girls had a slow start to the second half and trailed by 11 points with less than four minutes to go in the game. They stormed back with strong outside shooting to close the lead to just two points.
A foul put the Knights on the free throw line with five seconds left to clinch the game, K-W made both free throws. Hayfield answered back making a shot at the end to cut the lead to two points and gave the victory and subsection championship to K-W.
"I was very proud of the girls for playing hard to the end of the game," Coach Fred Kindschy said. "K-W has a very athletic team that played better than us tonight."
Hayfield ended their season with a 21-6 record. "We are very proud of our record this year and will miss our six seniors greatly!"
Score leaders for the night were Johanna Bungum 15, Jessie Foster 12, Dani Wagner 12, Alyssa Monahan 7 and Rachel Masching 5.