Sierra Lutheran rallies to Hawthorne win |

Sierra Lutheran rallies to Hawthorne win

by Shelby Jones
Special to The R-C
Nathan Waite (4) shoots for the Sierra Lutheran boys basketball team Friday against Mineral County in Hawthorne.
Shelby Jones |

In a nail-biting varsity girls’ basketball game Friday night, the Sierra Lutheran Falcons staged a big second half comeback to win 41-40 in overtime against the Mineral County Serpents in Hawthorne.

Sierra fell behind 15-6 in the first quarter and the Serpents pushed their lead to 24-8 at halftime.

In the second half, the Falcons perked up and to play to their potential. They managed to score 17 points in the third quarter and held Mineral County to nine.

Now down by only 33-25, the Falcons went at it with their all in the fourth quarter. With crisp passes and smart decisions, they tied it up at the end of regulation, 34-34.

Going into overtime, Sierra held on for as long as it could. With fouls being called on both teams, the four extra minutes turned into 15, which gave the teams more time to figure out the best way for success. Sierra ended up scoring seven points and Mineral six points.

Junior Grace Bonafede finished with eight points, 11 rebounds, and three steals for the Falcons. Junior Clare Davison had seven points, six rebounds, four assists and seven steals. Freshman Kirsten Iverson also had seven points as she shot 5-for-6 from the free throw line (83 percent).

The Sierra Lutheran girls defeated Sage Ridge 33-20 on Saturday in Reno. Brynna Hansen scored seven points, while Bonafede, Elaina Marchegger and Davison scored six each for the Falcons. Davison also had five steals and four assists. Bonafede grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Also, the Sierra JV girls won Friday night, 31-8. It was a slow first half, as both teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Falcons picked up the tempo in the second quarter when they scored 14 points and held Mineral to just two for a 16-4 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Falcons faced tougher defense from Mineral but kept their lead. The fourth quarter went by just as third quarter did, with the Falcons scoring 11 more points. Each quarter, Sierra held Mineral to only two points.

Sophomore Aleyna Gilson led the Falcons with two assists, nine steals, and 11 points. Sophomore Alyssa Rowe had six points, eight rebounds, one assist, and 10 steals. Freshman Amanda Almeida had seven points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

As for the varsity boys game, Mineral County came out strong and went on to win the Western Division IV game, 62-36.

Sierra Lutheran’s JV boys won 46-29 at Sage Ridge on Saturday.