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Owls fall in double overtime in state semis

Tough luck at the free throw line cost the Hancock Owls girls basketball team in a double overtime loss to Maranatha Christian Academy Friday in the Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament Class A semifinals.

Maranatha's Josie Taggatz-Ott and Onye Osemenam hit three free throws in the final two minutes of the second overtime and the Owls couldn't hit their fouls shots and fell 60-57 at Target Center.

The Owls (27-3) play in Saturday's third-place game against Mt. Iron-Buhl at 10 a.m. at Concordia-St. Paul.

As they did in the opening game victory over Goodhue, the Owls rebounded from a first-half deficit to take a 48-46 lead late in regulation. But Osemenam's layup with six seconds left forced overtime.

Both teams played solid defense in the first overtime and entered the second extra period tied at 55. But the Owls troubles at the foul line plagued them. At one point late in the second overtime, the Owls had missed seven of their last nine free throws.

Osenmenam's free throw with 1:50 left gave Maranatha a 58-57 lead, and Taggatz-Ott hit both of her foul shots with 29 seconds left for a 60-57 edge. The Owls managed a long 3-point attempt at the buzzer that fell well short.

Courtney Greiner led the Owls with 16 points and 13 rebounds.