Hiland Girls Basketball

First Look at Lady Hawks’ mesmerizing last-second win over Ottoville in state semis

Kennedy Schlabach: The Assassin strikes in the final tick of the clock to send Lady Hawks to state finals

Trailing by double figures isn’t where the Hiland Lady Hawks usually find themselves. However, trailing by 10 points late in the third period to a talented Ottoville team in the state semifinal, the Lady Hawks mustered all of their courage, relied on their big three of Kennedy Schlabach, Angela Troyer and Morgan McMillen, and used a spirited defensive effort over the game’s final 10 minutes to draw ahead, only to watch Ottoville come back to tie it with 7.8 seconds to play.

However, Hiland ran a play that saw McMillen race down the floor, fire a pass to the corner to Schlabach, who fired off a shot reminiscent of Seger Bonifant’s regional heroics in 2012. Just like Bonifant’s game-winner, Schlabach’s trey from the left corner found nothing but net and set off a wild celebration. Here is a first look at some fantastic photos from the game that Hiland fans will be talking about for years to come.


Video footage courtesy of Brandon Yoder

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