Lady Lions pick up district win over Lady Clippers
The Linton-HMB Lady Lions improved to 5-1 in District 6 with a 53-28 victory over Strasburg-Zeeland in Strasburg on Jan. 29. The Lady Lions improved to 9-3 overall on the year, while the Lady Clippers dropped to 2-4 in district play, and 7-6 overall with the setback.
Linton-HMB never trailed in the game, but the score was deadlocked at 6-6 with just over 2:00 left in the opening period. However, Taryn Schlosser and McKenna Flyberg each hit a pair of unanswered field goals for Linton-HMB over the final 1:50 of the period to put the Lady Lions ahead for good, and Flyberg’s triple at the first quarter buzzer extended the margin to 15-6.
Baskets by Alex Umber and Kaidra Larson capped a 13-0 run that gave Linton-HMB a 19-6 advantage with 5:30 left in the first half. Strasburg-Zeeland could draw no closer than 10 points the rest of the half, and Linton-HMB opened up as much as a 14-point lead before taking a 25-13 cushion to the intermission.
Linton-HMB hit on 11 of 24 (46%) field goal attempts and just 2 of 6 free throws in the first half, while Strasburg-Zeeland shot just 21 percent (5 of 24) from the floor and 38 percent (3 of 8) from the line in the half. Flyberg tallied 9 points, while Umber and Larson netted 6 points apiece to pace Linton-HMB’s firsthalf attack, while Jennifer Wikenheiser and Suzanne Ternes scored 4 points apiece for the Lady Clippers in the half.
Brittany Moser’s jumper early in the second half cut the lead to 25-15, but that would be as close as Strasburg-Zeeland would get the rest of the way. The Lady Clippers misfired on their next 8 field goal attempts and mustered just a single free throw (by Kara Weigel) over the next 5:00, while Umber scored three unanswered baskets to cap a 13-1 run by Linton-HMB that extended the lead to 38-16 with 2:40 left in the third quarter. Brooke Scherr finally ended the Lady Clipper’s drought with a three-pointer at the 1:47 mark, but Linton-HMB took a comfortable, 40-20 advantage into the final period.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Scherr and Ternes capped a 10-2 run that cut the deficit to 40-26 with 6:30 left, but the Lady Clippers went nearly 5:00 without scoring another point, while Linton-HMB went on a 13-0 run to open up its biggest lead (53-26) with 2:15 left.
Linton- HMB shot 54 percent (13 of 24) from the field in the second half, and finished at 50 percent (24 of 48) from the floor in the game. The Lady Lions hit on just 3 of 9 free throws and committed 21 turnovers (15 in the second half), but they held a commanding, 46-27 advantage in rebounds. Strasburg-Zeeland connected on just 10 of 54 (19%) field goals, including just 5 of 30 (16%) in the second half, and the Lady Clippers hit less than half (5 of 12) of their free throw attempts, and were just 3 of 18 (16%) from behind the arc for the game.
Alex Umber scored a season-high 20 points, including 14 in the second half, to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 steals, and Flyberg netted 15 points, 5 assists, 2 steals and a game-high 13 rebounds for Linton-HMB. Larson tallied 8 points and 5 rebounds, Schlosser finished scored 4 points, and Tiffaney Gerving (7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals),Amber Umber (9 rebounds, 2 assists) and Courtney Gefre (2 rebounds, assist) chipped in 2 points apiece for the Lady Lions.
Ternes led Strasburg- Zeeland with 7 points, while Scherr scored 6 points on a pair of three-pointers, and Wikenheiser (7 rebounds) and Moser chipped in 4 points apiece. Weigel (9 rebounds), Ali Wolf (6 rebounds) and Courtney Bubach (2 assists) scored 2 points each to complete the scoring for the Lady Clippers.
Linton-HMB: Alex Umber 20, McKenna Flyberg 15, Kaidra Larson 8, Taryn Schlosser 4, Amber Umber 2, Tiffaney Gerving 2, Courtney Gefre 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Suzanne Ternes 7, Brooke Scherr 6, Brittany Moser 4, Jennifer Wikenheiser 4, Ali Wolf 3, Kara Weigel 2, Courtney Bubach 2.
3-Pointers: Linton-HMB (2-6): Flyberg 2, Strasburg-Zeeland (3- 18): Scherr 2, Ternes 1. Fouled Out: None.