MADISON (WQOW) — Osseo-Fairchild was down by as much as 16 in the first half against Lourdes Academy, only to have their comeback thwarted by a last-second basket as Lourdes pulled out a 70-68 win in a WIAA Division 4 semifinal Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Lourdes will face New Glarus, which upset defending state champions Roncalli 44-41 in the night’s first Division 4 semifinal game. The D4 title game begins at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.
Osseo-Fairchild, back at state for the fifth time and for the first time since 1992, trailed by as many as 16 early in the first half, but pulled to 39-34 at halftime.
Then Logan Mulhern, Osseo-Fairchild’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, took over in the second half, despite Lourdes never getting too far behind.
Mulhern tied the game at 39 with just under two minutes in the second half, then the Thunder pulled ahead on a 2 by Cory Myhers for its first lead of the game at 16:38 in the second half.
A Corey Myhers layup pushed the score to 45-40, but a 3 by Preston Ruedinger and 2 by Henry Noone tied the score at 45 with under 13 minutes to go.
Osseo-Fairchild eventually ran the lead to 58-50, but Lourdes came back to 58-56, capped off with a Noone 3.
Lourdes slowly chipped away at the lead, and tied Osseo-Fairchild at 62 with two free throws by Preston Ruedinger with 2:49 left in the game.
A foul on a made basket sent Mulhern to the line, who finished the three-point play pushing the lead to 65-62, then after an empty Lourdes possession, Mulhern scored again to push the lead to 67-62.
Lourdes’ Preston Ruedinger made a three-point play of his own to come back to 67-65.
After a made free throw by Osseo-Fairchild, Lourdes tied the game at 68 on a jump-shot 3 by Noone with 56 seconds left.
A missed shot by Mulhurn gave Lourdes a shot to close out the game.
That’s when Hayden Jones got free under the basket to score 2 on a layup to go ahead 70-68.
Osseo-Fairchild called a timeout with 1.5 seconds left in the game, but a buzzer-beater by Mulhern skipped off the rim.
Mulhern led all scorers with 33. Noone scored 23 for Lourdes.