Mountain Iron-Buhl’s comeback falls just short against Goodhue in Class A championship

MIB girls basketball reflects on Class A state runner-up finish

MIB girls basketball reflects on Class A state runner-up finish

On Saturday, the Mountain Iron-Buhl girl’s basketball team would face Goodhue in the Class A championship, and would ultimately fall 70-65.

Click the video box above for words from senior guards Jordan Zubich and Hali Savela, and head coach Jeff Buffetta.

Earlier this season, MIB fell to Goodhue, 67-62, in what was the Rangers second loss of the season in just a three loss season.

Early on, Goodhue was unconscious from three, as Elisabeth Gadient knocked down two threes and Naatalie Thomforde added one, as Goodhue would take a 9-0 lead before forcing head coach Jeff Buffetta to call timeout.

Another storyline that developed early on was Jordan Zubich, who was tabbed with two fouls within the first minutes of the game.

As play continued, the Rangers started clawing back, with the majority of their points coming from deep. However, stopping Gadient would be task number one, as she’d finish the first half with 20 points.

Down 9 with just over five minutes left, the Rangers would do their best to fight back, down just 6 at one point, but Goodhue wouldn’t let up, as Gadient and company continued to light it up from deep.

Hali Savela would lead all Rangers in first half scoring with 12.

To top off the first half, Gadient threw up a floater and banked it in as the buzzer went off to take a 39-29 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Rangers would cut the deficit down to four quickly, with Gabby Lira connecting from deep and in the paint, but Goodhue would continue to respond, extending their lead back to 9 with 12 minutes to go.

MIB would slowly crawl into the game, trailing by just five with nine minutes left.

After a Gabby Lira three to cut the lead down to just three at 55-52, the Rangers went ice cold and began to turn the ball over, allowing Goodhue to regain a 10 point lead.

The Rangers would regroup with four minutes left though down just five, with the season on the line.

Gabby Lira connected on an and-1 to cut the lead down to three once more, but after a missed free throw, Goodhue capitalized with two massive threes, regaining a nine point lead with just over two minutes left.

Despite the Rangers cutting the lead to just seven with a minute left, the deficit proved to be too much.

For the Rangers, Gabby Lira and Hali Savela would lead the way, with 24 and 14 points respectively.

However, the combination of Gadient and Mackenzie Lodermeier would prove to be unstoppable, as they scored 31 and 21 points respctively.

MIB finishes their season with a 29-3 regular season record and as Class A runners up.