PIERCE -- Kate Knobbe's game-winning shot with 5 seconds left may have been the least dramatic of her fourth-quarter onslaught that brought Class C No. 1 Guardian Angels Central Catholic back from a 16-point deficit to a 47-46 win over No. 3 Pierce.

The Pierce boys capped the night with a 38-37 win over GACC.

Knobbe's left-handed runner, which came after a Hailey Race free throw had given the Bluejays (20-3) a 46-45 lead with 14.5 seconds remaining, capped a 20-point quarter by the GACC senior that included a 5 of 5 effort from 3-point range.

"I've never had a game like that in my career. Never, ever that I can think of. It was unbelievable," Knobbe said. "I knew we were behind, and we really need to step up. I've been practicing 3s, and I'm a senior. I just really needed to give my team confidence so that they would take some shots and get momentum on our side. I just thought, 'Why not?' Then they just started falling."

Prior to Knobbe's first 3, with 5:21 left in the game, the visiting Bluejays had gone 0 of 16 from outside the arc as Pierce built a 34-18 lead following Carly Sutherland's floater at the 5:32 mark.

From that point on, Knobbe took over.

She nailed back-to-back 25-footers -- including one off the glass to get going before hitting two more 3s. Her banked-in 3 was followed by another banked 3-pointer by Hannah Hunke that pulled GACC within 43-39 with 1:03 left.

"That's what you like to see in a senior. She's a good floor leader for us, and she brought us back in the game," GACC coach Jerry Stracke said. "That first one might have been lucky, but at least she took it. She played well."

Meanwhile, Pierce's inability to cash in from the free-throw line allowed GACC to hang around. GACC's control of the offensive glass was also a hindrance to the home-standing Bluejays.

Pierce was 13 of 23 from the line in the fourth quarter and -- after building a 23-12 halftime lead with a 13-8 rebounding edge -- was outrebounded 21-18 in the second half. Twelve of GACC's second-half rebounds were offensive.

"The biggest thing about it was, if we make our free throws it doesn't matter how many 3s they make," Pierce coach Darren Sindelar said. "The biggest thing then was, they didn't hit the first shot every time. At the end, we just didn't rebound. We ran to the basket instead of going and getting the ball."

Jaci Brahmer finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Pierce. Sophomore Carly Sutherland added 11 points, knocking down three 3s in the first half as Pierce connected on 5 of 10 from outside before halftime.

Knobbe finished with a game-high 22 points for GACC, which improved to 22-1.

"We all just have high standards for ourselves, and we all just want to push ourselves to be the best that we can be," Knobbe said. "At the beginning of the game, we really weren't playing to our standards. So, we just knew that we really needed to fight back and prove to people that, even though we're having an off night to start, it doesn't have to be an off night the whole night."

IN THE BOYS GAME, junior Walker Raabe sparked a 19-4 second half run that carried No. 2 Pierce to a win over No. 7 GACC.

With GACC's triangle-and-two defense limiting the looks of Pierce's top-two scorers, seniors Taggart Bailey and Brady Starkel, Raabe scored seven-consecutive points to give Pierce its first lead at 28-27 in the final minute of the third quarter. Raabe added a pair of pull-up jumpers early in the fourth quarter, with Brady Starkel knocking down a pair of free throws in between, to give the Bluejays a 34-27 lead with 6:25 left.

"Walker made some big shots. We worked on that, and we were supposed to flash up and stop him a little bit," GACC coach Brad Slaughter said. "The big kid (6-3 sophomore Braydan Waldner) was out, and we could've come up more. We didn't see it. I should have coached them a little better."

Still, GACC had a chance to win on its final possession. But after an inbound pass with 8 seconds left went to the corner, Brady Starkel deflected a pass from Kobe Slaughter to Tanner Ortmeier. By the time Ortmeier was able to grab the ball and release a shot, the buzzer had already sounded.

Slaughter and Ortmeier carried the GACC offense. Slaughter scored 11 of his team-high 13 points as GACC built a 19-11 lead in the first half, with Ortmeier scoring nine of his 11 points in the second half.

Raabe led Pierce (18-3) with a game-high 14 points. Bailey and Starkel scored seven apiece as Pierce defeated GACC (14-7) for the second time in six days.

Last Friday, Pierce was a 46-37 winner in the Mid-State Conference tournament semifinals.

"We were planning on winning. We were. We weren't going to come out of this gym without a win," Slaughter said. "We had a good game plan. We attacked them defensively and cut their scorers down."

Girls game

GACC .............................. 6 6 6 29 - 47

Pierce .............................. 12 11 6 17 - 46

GUARDIAN ANGELS CENTRAL CATHOLIC (22-1): Kate Knobbe 7-12 3-5 22, Katey Brown 2-13 1-1 5, Katie Steuter 1-9 2-4 4, Lexis Haase 1-12 2-2 4, Breanne Kreikemeier 1-4 0-2 2, Lauren Wobken 0-1 0-0 0, Maddie Knobbe 2-5 0-0 4, Hannah Hunke 2-2 1-1 6, Morgan Bracht 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-59 9-15 47.

PIERCE (20-3): Hailey Race 0-4 4-10 4, Casey Sutherland 2-7 1-2 7, Shelby Bretschneider 1-4 4-4 6, Jaci Brahmer 5-6 2-6 12, Kate Asmus 2-6 2-2 6, Carly Sutherland 4-10 0-0 11. Totals 14-37 13-24 46.

3-point field goals: GACC 6-26 (K. Knobbe 5-9, Hunke 1-1); PIE 5-14 (Car. Sutherland 3-6, Cas. Sutherland 2-5). Rebounds: GACC 29 (Kreikemeier 7, Haase 6, K. Knobbe 4); PIE 31 (Brahmer 10, Bretschneider 8, Asmus 6, Race 4). Assists: GACC 5 (K. Knobbe 3, Kreikemeier 2); PIE 12 (Race 5, Bretschneider 5). Steals: GACC 8 (Haase 5, Kreikemeier 2); PIE 6 (Race 2, Cas. Sutherland 2). Blocked shots: GACC 2 (Steuter 2); PIE 3 (Bretschneider 2).

Boys game

GACC ..................... 9 10 8 10 - 37

Pierce ..................... 5 6 17 10 - 38

GUARDIAN ANGELS CENTRAL CATHOLIC (14-7): Brandon Hass 1-3 2-2 2, Tanner Hass 1-6 0-2 2, Tanner Ortmeier 4-8 2-2 11, Kobe Slaughter 6-9 0-0 13, Noah Kreikemeier 2-4 1-2 5, Andrew Guenther 1-2 0-0 2, Nolan Plagge 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 16-36 5-8 37.

PIERCE (18-3): Austin Freeman 1-3 1-3 3, Brady Starkel 2-5 2-2 7, Mason Buckendahl1-2 0-0 2, Taggart Bailey 3-9 0-0 7, Braydan Waldner 1-8 0-0 2, Walker Raabe 6-8 2-2 14, Caleb Sullivan 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 15-36 6-8 38.

3-point field goals: GACC 2-10 (Ortmeier 1-3, Slaughter 1-3); PIE 2-13 (Starkel 1-4, Bailey 1-4). Rebounds: GACC 20 (Plagge 5, B. Hass 4, Ortmeier 4); PIE 16 (Buckendahl 5). Assists: GACC 5 (T. Hass 2, Ortmeier 2); PIE 5 (Bailey 2). Steals: GACC 10 (B. Hass 4, Slaughter 2); PIE 4.

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