SIOUX CITY | Bishop Heelan let a big lead slip away but managed to hold off West 49-46 in a Missouri River Activities Conference girls basketball game Thursday at Heelan.

The Crusaders built a 20-7 lead three minutes into the second quarter, but West battled back to take the lead with four minutes remaining. Heelan, though, won it from the free throw line, converting 16 of 23 compared to 6 of 12 for the Wolverines.

“You have to give West a lot of credit, they played hard after they got down,” Heelan Coach Darron Koolstra said. “They were outrebounding us on the offensive end and it seemed like they got the hustle plays for quite a stretch in that game. We just made some free throws at the end to win it.”

Heelan (10-6, 6-2), made 6 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter.

West took a 41-40 lead on a rebound shot by Jayda Graham with 4:38 left in the game, but Maycen Schueth answered for Heelan with a 3-pointer at the other end. It was a one-point game when Ellie Cropley got open underneath for her only basket of the game, giving the Crusaders a 45-42 advantage.

Schueth led Heelan with 11 points while Katie Cooke scored all 10 of her points in the second quarter. Ella Skinner wound up with 10 points, sinking four key free throws in the final 20 seconds.

“Things weren't falling for us right away but we fought back,” West Coach Betsy Boetger said. “We just ran out of time. I'm very proud of our girls for fighting and working hard, they gave it everything they had.”

Graham led all scorers with 14 points and posted a double-double with 10 rebounds. West is 12-6 overall and 7-4 in the MRAC.

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