Girls state basketball: Fergus Falls battles to end but falls in Class AA championship game

The Otters' Ellie Colbeck scored 41 points but top seed Providence Academy came away with the title on Saturday.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Fergus Falls battled to the final buzzer but lost to Providence Academy 55-53 in the Class AA championship game on Saturday at Williams Arena.
The Otters' Ellie Colbeck finished with 41 points but was short on a 3-point shot with 11 seconds left and Providence Academy's Maddyn Greenway was fouled after grabbing the rebound. Greenway hit one of two free throws for a 55-50 lead.
Fergus Falls' Brynn Sternberg made a corner 3 with 0:0.4 left on the clock and Providence Academy inbounded the ball as the buzzer sounded.
The Otters, who finished 26-6, fought back and forth with the 29-4 Lions throughout the game, but especially in the final minutes.
Greenway scored on a drive to make it 50-43 Lions with 3:20 to play, but Colbeck answered with a driving layup of her own, then drilled a 3-pointer to shave the lead to two at 50-48 with 1:59 left.
With 90 seconds to play, a key Lions offensive rebound led to a Maria Counts layup and a 52-48 lead. Colbeck missed a 3 with 36 ticks remaining and fouled Grace Counts, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 25 seconds left.
Colbeck scored her final points of the game on a drive with 19 seconds remaining but Maria Counts was immediately fouled on the inbounds and made both free throws to put the Lions up 54-50 and essentially seal the deal.
In addition to her 41 points, Colbeck finished with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sternberg scored six points.
Maria Counts led the Lions with 19 points and six assists. Grace Counts had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Greenway finished with 15 points, four boards, four assists and four steals.

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