Buzzer-beater in Big Timber

Park’s Schoenen scores last-second game winner
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Enterprise photos by Liz George

ABOVE: Sylvie Schoenen (22) protects the ball from multiple Big Timber defenders, in Big Timber on Tuesday night.

BELOW: Skylar Higgs (30) looks for an open Lady Ranger against the Lady Herders.

LEFT: Jack Gauthier (33) puts up 2 points for the Rangers in the boys’ game in Big Timber.

The Park High Lady Rangers pushed past the Herders 42-41 in Big Timber Tuesday night after Sylvie Schoenen

(22) banked a last-second shot.

Park won the jump ball but couldn’t take advantage of the possession. After multiple turnovers, Kodie Vondra (20) passed the ball to Abby Kokot

(34) who put up the first 2 points of the game.

Big Timber’s Sydney Prather (40) had the first 3-pointer of the game at 6:30 in the first. The first quarter ended with the Herders ahead 9-8.

The Herders came out strong in the second quarter, driving the ball between all five Lady Ranger defenders and bringing the score to 16-10 Herders with 4 minutes left to go in the second.

Vondra took possession and passed the ball under the net to Kokot, who scored 2 points just ahead of the buzzer. The Rangers ended the first half behind 18-16.

Kokot laid in a 2-point shot, bringing the score to 18-18 at 6:50 in the third quarter.

The Lady Rangers and Lady Herders were neck and neck throughout the third quarter, maintaining a tie game with 23-23 by 2:40.

Park High pulled ahead with 1:25 left to go in the third after a 2-point shot from Vondra. The third quarter ended with Park ahead 27-25.

Both teams continued to score on each possession until Big Timber took the lead with 1:30 left to go in the fourth quarter.

Schoenen took possession with seconds left to go. She drove through multiple Herder defenders and put up 2 points just before the final buzzer.

After the game, Schoenen was all smiles.

“I feel amazing. I was so scared and I’m just so glad it went in,” Schoenen said. “(Coach Megan Burns) said that whoever gets the ball has to go for it. Put it up and shoot.”

Coach Burns beamed as she talked about how proud she was of the whole team, but particularly of Schoenen after that nerve-wracking shot.

“I gave her such a hard high-five that my hand still hurts,” she said, smiling.

Boys’ game

Meanwhile, the Park boys were defeated 62-45 Tuesday night in Big Timber.

The Rangers couldn’t come back after an explosive 19-point third quarter pushed Big Timber into a comfortable lead. Sage McMinn (11) added more excitement to an already intense game with a dunk early in the first half.