Basketball: Thunder girls tip Minnehaha Academy 63-61

The Zimmerman Thunder trailed all the way before overtaking  Minnehaha Academy team in overtime 63-61 on Friday evening in Minneapolis.
“We got the first basket, then we didn’t lead again until overtime,” said coach Lance Dalbey. “The girls were very excited to beat Minnehaha Academy. That’s a pretty good team that plays in the state tournament pretty often.”
Brooke Borchardt tied the game with 20 seconds left on an inside basket. Right off the tip in overtime Lexi Funaro dashed for a layup, and Borchardt scored again for a four-point lead which the Thunder would hold.
Minnehaha Academy’s star, Sarah Kaminski, who scored 21 points, had two chances to tie in the last 10 seconds but wasn’t able to connect and the Thunder (7-5) had the victory.
The Thunder trailed by as much as 10 in the second half. At one point, Minnehaha’s post player got into foul trouble and left the court, and Dalbey went with a five-guard lineup that helped close the gap.
The Red Hawks, who’ve made state four of the last five years, are 7-3.
Funaro tallied 14 points, Cami Bond 13, Kaitlyn Mason 13, and Danielle Williams 9 and Borchardt 8 for the Thunder.
Minnehaha Academy is a new entry this year on the Zimmerman calendar. Dalbey said he was a college roommate of the Red Hawks coach and they set up the game.
Zimmerman will play at Little Falls on Tuesday.

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