Patriots erase 14-point deficit Monday
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H-BC's Kelli Esselink puts up a shot in the paint in front of MCC's Morgan Behrends during Monday's girls' basketball game in Hills.

A stunning comeback in the second half gave the Hills-Beaver Creek girls’ basketball team a 51-47 win over Murray County Central Monday in Hills.

H-BC, which faced a 24-12 deficit after 18 minutes of play, fell behind by 14 points (26-12) when the Rebels scored the first two points of the second half.

The Patriots bounced back to outscore MCC 39-21 the rest of the night to prevail by four points.

Trailing by nine points (32-23) with less than 12 minutes remaining, H-BC whittled MCC’s lead down to one point at two different occasions before taking a 39-37 edge when Madison Fick drained a three-point shot at 5:35.

H-BC led by four (41-37) when Avery Van Roekel scored 24 seconds later, but the Rebels scored the next three points to make it a 41-40 game with 2:55 left.

Fick sank one free throw with 1:04 remaining to cap a 7-0 run that gave the Patriots a 48-40 cushion.

MCC trimmed the difference to four points twice in the final 33 seconds, but it wasn’t enough to keep H-BC from earning its fifth win of the season.

H-BC’s Kelli Esselink scored the first two points of the game before MCC went on a 9-2 run to gain a 9-4 lead four minutes into the contest.

The Patriots pulled to within two points at two different occasions as he half progressed, but the Rebels went on a 12-2 run in the final nine minutes to open a 12-point (24-12) at the break.

Van Roekel (16 points and nine rebounds), Fick (11 points), Taylor Wingert (10 points and seven rebounds), Esselink (six rebounds) and Megan Westrum (three steals) led H-BC statistically.

The 5-11 Patriots play in Okabena Friday.

Box score

Fick 2 1 4-6 11, Bork 1 0 0-0 2, Westrum 1 0 1-2 3, Wingert 4 0 2-3 10, Esselink 2 0 3-5 7, Van Roekel 5 0 6-8 16, Van Wyhe 1 0 0-0 2.

Team statistics

H-BC: 17 of 43 field goals, 16 of 24 free throws (67 percent), 27 rebounds, 23 turnovers.

MCC: 17 of 58 field goals (29 percent), nine of 14 free throws (64 percent), 31 rebounds.

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