Braves slip past Blue Jays

Stanley- The Parshall Braves pulled off a thrilling 78-76 comeback win over the Stanley Blue Jays on Thursday.

The game was tight throughout and the last 40 seconds were full of drama. The Parshall Braves took a one point lead with 45 seconds left, after trailing for most of the game.  Freshman Taylor Dean stepped up to the free throw line a few seconds later and hit a couple of clutch free-throws to retake the lead for the Blue Jays, Dean was an impressive 8 for 8 from the line in the fourth quarter.

8th Grader Logan Lapica came up with a huge block on the following play, but the Blue Jays would miss a shot on their next possession and commit a foul going for the rebound.  Andrea Yellowbird would hit two free-throws to give the Braves a one point lead with 15 seconds left. The Blue Jays would turn the ball over on their next possession, allowing Ashley Hall the opportunity to hit one of two free-throws on the Braves next possession, giving the Braves a 2 point lead with just under 4 seconds remaining. The Blue Jays would get off a good look to as time expired but it would not fall.

Junior Abby Iverson poured in a game high 30 points to pace the Blue Jays offensively, Stanley will face Kenmare in the first round of the District 16 Tournament in Ray.

Parshall 18 21 15 24 (78)

Stanley 15 25 19 17 (76)

Parshall: S. Hall 26, A. Severence 19, Tveter 15, S. Severence 7, A. Hall 5, Yellowbird 4, Billedeau 2

Stanley:  Iverson 30, Dean 17, Vachal 9, Enger 9, Schmidt 5, Sorenson 4, Lapica 2

– Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. For any questions or to report any scores please email

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