BISMARCK, N.D. - Shiloh Christian’s girls basketball team lost just once, in the Region 5 Championship game to Grant County. The Coyotes victory sends Grant County back to the Class-B Girls State Tournament.
Grant County did it in comeback fashion. The Coyotes scored the last six points in regulation to tie the game at 49, and they dominated the overtime scoring all nine points to become one of the eight teams in Minot.
"We played them three times this season and we lost the first two badly and so we knew it was going to be difficult if we had won the first two to beat them again, so it took three tries and we got them the third time," said senior Taylor Roehl.
"I guess just going inside, getting aggressive on defense,” said senior Alexis Bentz. “During the whole game we played pretty good defense but in overtime we knew we have to step it up and that's what made us get that nine point lead and stop them from scoring in overtime."
Coyotes Head Coach Nicole Bentz said: "We just came out with a quick start and we needed to jump on them right away and that was the key to the game. I think we had a little bit more gas left in the tank and that was the difference."
In the middle of the season, the Coyotes had to play a number of games without Roehl, who had an ankle injury. Some important lessons were learned by both her and the team during that time.
"We learned that we needed to work harder. We needed to compensate for what we wasn't giving up and so we had other girls that defensively we're able to do that and bringing her back we kind of went backwards for a while. We depended it much on her but not tonight we had some other girls that did more for us," said Bentz.
Roehl said: "I think I have a whole new perspective coming back just having a calming presence on the floor and knowing that this is my last shot at this. It's just a blessing to be able to come out these last few games so I knew I needed to leave it all out on the floor."
The Coyotes are the number five seed, which puts them in an opening match-up against number four Kindred. Their game on Thursday is scheduled to begin around 8:15 p.m. CT.