Tayler Hill got knocked down, but was able to help deliver the knock out punch as Minneapolis South defeated Champlin Park 73-70 in the 4A semifinals at the Girls’ State Basketball Tournament Thursday.
Hill was fouled while tossing in the game tying hoop with 34-seconds left. She knocked down the free throw to put the Tigers in front, and then she picked off a deflected pass on the defensive end to help wrap up the win. Jenny Theisen had a chance to tie it, but her shot at the buzzer hit the top of the backboard and bounced out of play.
Hill and Ephesia Holmes each scored 28-points for South, who had to battle back from a slow start. Champlin Park led for most of the first half, as the game was a little physical. Hill had her upper lip split open by a flying elbow, but that wasn’t going to keep her off the floor.
After trailing by one at the half, South took the lead and took control midway through the second half, building a 7-point lead. The Rebels kept charging back, and took a one point lead with a minute left to play on two free throws by Alyssa White. But that left the door open just enough for the Tigers to climb the Hill one more time, and earn a trip to the championship game Saturday night against St. Paul Central.