The Hills-Beaver Creek girlsâ€™ basketball team nearly reached its win total from last winter during the 2012-13 season debut Tuesday in Hills.
H-BC, a team that won a pair of games during the 2011-12 campaign, moved to within one victory of matching that total by upending Pipestone 47-40 during Tuesdayâ€™s opener for both teams.
The Patriots made some clutch free throws down the stretch and put together key runs in both halves of the game to down the Arrows.
After sporting a 3-2 edge in the early stages of the contest, the Patriots found themselves facing a 7-3 deficit at the 12:25 mark of the first half.
H-BC, however, went on a 15-5 run over the next 5:07 to gain an 18-12 cushion when Hattie Van Wyhe canned a jump shot with 7:18 remaining in the stanza.
The Patriots extended their lead to seven points (23-16) when Haley Van Wyhe drained a three-point shot with 2:24 remaining, but the Arrows scored the next four points to trail 23-20 at halftime.
H-BC opened the second half with a 10-0 run ending when Haley Van Wyhe turned a steal into a layup to give the Patriots a 33-20 cushion with 13:08 left to play.
The Arrows countered with a 16-4 run to trim the difference to one point (37-36) with 5:18 remaining, but that would be as close as the visitors would come to catching the Patriots.
H-BC ended the game with a 10-4 spurt capped by Taylor Wingert sinking two free throws with 8.5 seconds left in the game to clinch a seven-point victory for the Patriots.
Haley Van Wyhe (13 points and five steals), Paige Leuthold (11 points) and Wingert (10 points and six rebounds) led H-BC statistically.
Meghan Leuthold turned in a 13-rebound effort for the winners.
The Patriots play Southwest United in Okabena Tuesday.
P.Leuthold 2 0 7-8 11, Hl.Van Wyhe 4 1 2-5 13, Westrum 1 0 0-0 2, Wingert 2 0 6-8 10, M.Leuthold 1 0 4-5 6, Fick 0 0 0-0 0, Ht.Van Wyhe 2 0 1-3 5.
H-BC: 13 of 51 field goals (25 percent), 20 of 29 free throws (69 percent), 39 rebounds, 26 turnovers.