BISMARCK - Gabbie Bohl's putback jumper with 8.9 seconds remaining sent Bishop Ryan into a frenzy.
It was short-lived.
After a timeout, Linton-HMB's McKenna Flyberg went the length of the court and found Kayln Schneider, whose layup from the low block fell through the bottom of the net as time expired. The shot lifted Linton-HMB to a 46-45 Class B state tournament quarterfinal victory Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center.
Bishop Ryan sophomore guard Anika Rovig, center, goes up for a layup between Linton-HMB defenders Kaidra Larson, left, and McKenna Flyberg during their Class B state tournament quarterfinal game Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center.
"I just put it up," said Schneider, who finished with a game-high 19 points. "The only thought running through my head was don't miss this. I knew there was not a lot of time, and I was hoping it didn't get blocked."
Linton-HMB faces Beach at approximately 8:15 tonight in the semifinals, while Ryan drops into the consolation bracket, where it meets Kindred at about 2:45 p.m.
Flyberg's coast-to-coast effort was the result of lack of pressure from Ryan, which struggled to keep up with the 5-foot-8 sophomore. She finished with 13 points.
Class B state tournament
at Bismarck Civic Center
Shiloh Christian 53, New Town 50
Grafton 58, Lakota-Adams-Edmore 49
Linton-HMB 46, Bishop Ryan 45
Beach 52, Kindred 48
New Town vs. Lakota-Adams-Edmore, 1 p.m.
Bishop Ryan vs. Kindred, 20 min. after
Shiloh Christian vs. Grafton, 6:30 p.m.
Linton-HMB vs. Beach, 20 min. after
"McKenna wasn't supposed to take the ball to the middle; she was just supposed to get it there with quick, short passes," Schneider said. "But it worked that way, too. We'll take it."
Bishop Ryan coach Julie Stewart said the Lions failed to close out on Flyberg, which led to the game-winner.
"If somebody is that powerful with the dribble, we've got to get someone else over there," Stewart said. "We allowed them to dribble the whole length of the floor."
Moments earlier, the freshman Bohl looked like the hero, getting a rebound in the lane and sinking the short jumper to give Ryan a one-point edge.
"It was that shot that you were not supposed to let them get," Schneider said. "They got it, and we're like, hey, we can fight. It's a one-point difference, we can do this, and we did it."
Ryan (24-2) led after the first quarter, but couldn't match Linton-HMB basket for basket in the third quarter and fell behind. Linton-HMB (19-6) ballooned its lead up to eight points by the end of the third and finished 13-of-18 from the free-throw line.
"We were moving the ball well," Linton-HMB coach Pat Gerving said. "I thought we shot free throws especially well in the first half."
But Bohl, in foul trouble for most of the game, led a rally that saw her hit two free throws to tie the game at 43 with less than a minute remaining. Linton-HMB's Whitney Gerving followed with a free throw to go up by one, leading to Bohl's jumper in the final 10 seconds.
Freshman Hannah Stewart led Ryan with 15 points and nine rebounds.
"We're disappointed right now, but we still want to win two games," Julie Stewart said. "We want to try to play a lot better."