Flyberg, Umber lead Lady Lions over Lady Clippers
With the victory, Linton-HMB improved to 7-2 in District 6 (11-5 overall), and the Lady Lions clinched the second seed and a firstround bye in the District 6 Tournament, which will be held March 1, 2 and 4, in Wishek. Strasburg-Zeeland fell to 9-9 overall, and finished its district slate with a 4-6 mark. The Lady Clippers will open the District 6 Tournament against South Border on March 1.
The lead changed hands five times over the first 5:00 of the game, but McKenna Flyberg’s three-pointer gave Linton-HMB a 12-9 lead with just over 2:00 left in the period, and Strasburg-Zeeland would not hold the lead the rest of the first half. Flyberg hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the opening quarter, and the frame ended with Linton-HMB holding a 14-13 edge.
A basket by Amber Umber and a three-pointer by Tiffaney Gerving to start the second period extended the lead to 19-13, but Strasburg-Zeeland later went on a 6-0 run, and Courtney Bubach’s basket off a steal deadlocked the score at 21-21 with 2:25 left in the second period. Flyberg answered with a three-pointer on the ensuing trip to put Linton-HMB back on top, and Umber’s triple extended the lead to 28-23 with under a minute left in the half. However, Strasburg-Zeeland picked up field goals from Bubach and Ali Wolf over the final 30 seconds of the half to cut the deficit to 28-27 at the break.
Linton-HMB hit on half (10 of 20) of its field goal attempts in the first half, including a 6 of 9 (67%) showing from behind the arc, but the Lady Lions went just 2 of 4 from the free throw line and committed 9 turnovers in the half. Strasburg-Zeeland hit on just 13 of 29 (45%) field goals and misfired on both of its free throw attempts in the first half. Flyberg accounted for half (14) of Linton-HMB’s scoring in the first half, and Umber added 6 points for the Lady Lions. Bubach led a balanced scoring attack for Strasburg-Zeeland in the half with 8 points, while Wolf netted 6 points, Brittany Moser tallied 5, and Kara Weigel and Jennifer Wikenheiser chipped in 4 points apiece for the Lady Clippers.
A basket by Bubach and a pair of free throws by Wolf over the first 2:00 of the second half capped an 8-0 run that gave Strasburg-Zeeland its biggest lead (31-28) of the game, and the Lady Clippers still held a 3-point advantage (36-33) after Moser put in a jumper at the midway point of the period.
However, Alex Umber hit a pair of baskets in a :25 span to give Linton-HMB a 37-36 edge with 3:20 left, and Amber Umber followed with a triple about :45 later to cap a 7-0 run. The teams traded a pair of field goals each over the next 1:30, and Linton-HMB took a 44-40 lead into the final period.
Moser’s three-pointer off the inbound to start the fourth quarter cut the margin to a point (44-43), and after Linton-HMB misfired on two free throws on the other end, Moser put in a scoop shot from the left baseline to give Strasburg-Zeeland a 45-44 lead with 6:33 remaining. However, that would be the final lead of the night for the Lady Clippers, as Linton-HMB put together a 13-3 run over the next 4:15.
Flyberg’s three-pointer on the ensuing trip put Linton-HMB back on top (47- 45) for good, and after Weigel hit one of two free throws for Strasburg-Zeeland, Amber Umber knocked down a three-pointer for a 50-46 advantage with 5:30 left. Moser’s jumper cut the margin in half (50-48) with 4:50 left, but that would prove to be the final field goal of the game for the Lady Clippers, who misfired on their final four shots from the field, and committed 7 turnovers in the quarter.
Meanwhile, Linton-HMB got a pair of free throws from Flyberg, a pair of jumpers by Kaidra Larson, and another free throw by Gerving to cap a 7-0 run, which extended the lead to 57-48 with 2:18 remaining. Strasburg-Zeeland couldn’t get on the board again until Moser sank a pair of free throws with just 1:26 left, and Larson answered with a free throw, and Gerving followed a Lady Clipper miss with another set of free throws for a double-digit (60-50) lead with just :50 remaining.
Linton-HMB hit on 12 of 22 (55%) field goals in the second half, including 5 of 7 in the final period, to finish at 52 percent (22 of 42) from the field. The tally included a 10 of 19 (53%) showing on three-pointers in the game. The Lady Lions hit just 8 of 16 free throws in the game, but sank 6 of 10 free shots in the final period, and they held a 27-23 advantage in rebounds in the game, while committing 16 turnovers. Strasburg-Zeeland shot just 42 percent (8 of 19) from the floor in the second half, and just 44 percent (21 of 48) for the game, including a 2 of 8 showing on three-point attempts. The Lady Clippers turned the ball over 14 times, and hit on 8 of 12 (67%) free throws.
Flyberg hit five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 23 points, and she also tallied game-highs in rebounds (9) and assists (4). Amber Umber knocked down 4 threepointers and scored 15 points to go along with 5 assists and 2 steals. Larson added 8 points and 4 rebounds, Gerving (2 assists, 5 steals) and Nicole Nieuwsma scored 6 points apiece, and Alex Umber chipped in 4 points and 2 assists for Linton-HMB.
Moser scored 17 points, including a dozen in the second half, and she also collected 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists, while Bubach netted 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for Strasburg-Zeeland. Wolf finished with 8 points, 4 steals, and game-highs in rebounds (9) and assists (4), and Wikenheiser, Weigel and Brooke Scherr (2 assists) chipped in 6, 5 and 4 points, respectively, for the Lady Clippers.
Stra.-Zeel. 13 14 13 12 52
Linton-HMB 14 14 16 18 62
Strasburg-Zeeland: Brittany Moser 17, Courtney Bubach 10, Ali Wolf 8, Jennifer Wikenheiser 6, Kara Weigel 5, Brooke Scherr 4, Madelyn Kramer 2.
Linton-HMB: McKenna Flyberg 23,Amber Umber 15, Kaidra Larson 8, Tiffaney Gerving 6, Nicole Nieuwsma 6, Alex Umber 4.
3-Pointers: Strasburg-Zeeland (2- 8): Moser 2, Linton-HMB (10-19): Flyberg 5, Amber Umber 4, Gerving 1. Fouled Out: None.