Flach flashes to the basket for 34
Manhattan Christian’s offense is all about tossing the ball into No. 31, six-foot Kelsey Heidema. Once in the paint, Heidema knows how to pour in points with easy layups or even easier foul shots. Or at least, Heidema makes it look easy.
In the exciting and close 61-57 Lone Peak loss to Manhattan Christian on Feb. 2, Heidema lit up the nets for 30 points. But remarkably, she wasn’t the game’s high scorer.
That honor went to Big Horn sophomore Emma Flach, who owned the right baseline and confidently sank foul shots, piling up 34 points and setting a new school record for points in a single game.
“I never keep track of my points, ever,” said Flach after the game. “My team helped me out a lot, it was a big team effort. I really, really, really wanted to win.”
You could see Flach’s determination in her play and impressively quick first step, which Manhattan Christian could not contain.
Other standouts against Manhattan Christian were Sara Wilson, whose late-game steal set up a key score. Jayleen Cole also stepped up with a pair of crucial three-pointers.
Looking ahead to the Feb. 3 rematch with Twin Bridges, Flach said, “I think we can do the same thing we did tonight and come out strong.”
Cole did come out strong against Twin Bridges, continuing to hit from behind the three-point line. But team scoring overall cooled under the Falcon defense, led by one of the best players in Class C, Kailee Oliverson, who put up 21 points.
Big Horn players fans will rally twice more for regular season play:
•Feb. 8, away vs. West Yellowstone
•Feb. 9, home for “Senior Day” vs. Sheridan