LITTLEFORK - The Littlefork-Big Falls High School girls' basketball scored a 68-65 overtime victory over the Kelliher/Northome Mustangs Thursday evening.
The win puts the Vikings' record at 11-9.
- Destiny Piekarski - 41 points
The Mustangs quickly jumped ahead with a 12-4 lead in the opening minutes of Thursday's ballgame.
While both teams struggled to get points on the board, the Mustangs maintained their lead through quick passes and finding open looks in the paint.
On the other side of the court, the Vikings struggled to get into the paint and had to rely on their outside shooting.
With six minutes to go in the first half, the Vikings powered back, cutting the Mustang lead to a single point.
This kickstarted a 10-1 run which saw the Vikings take their first lead of the game, but the Mustangs went on a little scoring run of their own to put the score tied at 29-29 at halftime.
The second half started with both teams staying in pace with one another.
The Vikings pulled away with an 8-0 run 11 minutes to go, but the Mustangs refused to go away, cutting the lead to one point with a little over two minutes left.
Regulation ended when the Mustangs powered through the Viking defense to score a crucial field goal with mere seconds left, sending the game into overtime.
In the four-minute overtime period, both teams traded baskets and leads.
The Vikings prevailed thanks to sophomore Destiny Piekarski hitting both free throws when she got fouled, putting the Mustangs down three points which they couldn't convert.
Head coach Mason Imhof credited his team's positivity with getting the Vikings the win Thursday.
"We kept believing," he said. "Through the whole game we faced adversity. There were times we were up and times we were down, but no matter the situation we had the confidence within ourselves to just keep battling."
Imhof also said he was proud of how many of players stepped up.
"Destiny Piekarski scored 41 points tonight and she made big plays in winning time. You need a leader to step up and take control and I think she did," he said. "Andi Williams also stepped up. She had a lot of minutes and she did awesome of defense. So when some players went out with foul trouble, other players will step up and rise to the moment."
More to come
The Vikings were back in action Tuesday when they hosted the Northland Eagles, the results of which were unavailable at press time.
The Vikings will be back on the court at 7:15 p.m. Friday when they host the International Falls Broncos.