Lincoln Maher hit a layup with about eight seconds to go off a great pass from Payton Beyer for a 57-55 lead at Mankato East. And OHS swatted away the Cougars' effort as time expired for the Huskies to beat the defending Big Nine champs.

Beyer scored 12 of his 14 in the second half. Brayden Williams led the OHS attack with 27. He and Beyer each grabbed about nine rebounds. Owatonna led 29-24 at the half. Both teams are now 8-2 tied for second place behind leader Mankato West (8-1). The Scarlets have conference games remaining against Rochester Century and Red Wing. The Huskies are yet to play Northfield. Only the first game between schools count toward the Big Nine standings.

The exciting finish was the second of the week for Owatonna basketball. The girls won on a buzzer-beater 54-52 over Albert Lea on Tuesday. The girls Friday night game against Mankato West will be heard on AM 1390 KRFO, now simulcasting at 94.7FM. Area basketball coverage Friday night features the NRHEG girls hosting Maple River on Kat Kountry 105FM.

Owatonna wrestling swept their triangular meet Thursday, beating Albert Lea 43-33 after starting the night with a 32-25 victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa. The Cougars just knocked off Kasson-Mantorville last weekend. The Huskies will see the KoMets March 4 in Kasson in a tri that is also scheduled to feature Shakopee.

Huskies boys hockey lost to Gentry Academy Thursday 8-1. The OHS boys swimmers won their in-person meet at Albert Lea.

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