Rose Kaetterhenry scored at the buzzer to force overtime and St. Croix Preparatory Academy dominated the extra period to pull out a 49-40 nonconference girls’ basketball victory in Monday’s season opener.
The Lions (1-0), who travel to St. Paul Academy and Summit School on Tuesday and Legacy Christian Academy on Friday to complete a busy week, jumped out to a 19-11 halftime lead before the Eagles battled back to take a 37-35 lead in the final minute. After Kaetterhenry, who finished with 12 points, hit the buzzer beater to tie the game, SCPA outscored the Eagles 12-3 in overtime.
Lita Schollmeier drained four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead the Lions while Grace Kaetterhenry followed with 17 points.
HCA 11 26 3 — 40
SCPA 19 18 12 — 49
Heritage Christian Academy (pts): Bella Lien 3, Taylie Scott 11, Marissa Gamache 1, Rachel Crellin 2, Mikaela Lien 14 and Paige Berge 9.
St. Croix Preparatory Academy: Lita Schollmeier 20, Rose Kaetterhenry 12 and Grace Kaetterhenry 17.
3-pointers: HCA (1): Scott; SCPA (4): Schollmeier.
Free throws: HCA, 11-20; SCPA, 11-20.