Lady Lions pick up victory over Hazen
Hazen’s only lead of the game came 30 seconds in when Dakota Wood put in a free throw, but Linton-HMB went on a 13-2 run after that, and three-point plays by McKenna Flyberg and Kaidra Larson on back-toback trips gave the Lady Lions a 13-3 cushion with 4:19 left in the opening period. Hazen used a 7-0 run over the next 2:00 to cut the lead to 13-10, but Linton-HMB built the margin back up to 7 points, before taking a 17-13 advantage into the second period.
Mariya Schneider’s threepointer capped a 15-6 run that cut the deficit to 19-18 with 5:45 left in the first half, but the Lady Bison failed to take the lead, and Alex Umber’s free throws with less than a second left in the period extended Linton-HMB’s lead to 29-24 at the break.
Linton-HMB shot a sizzling, 67 percent (10 of 15) from the field, hit on 7 of 9 free throws and held a 19- 11 rebounding advantage in the first half, but the Lady Lions turned the ball over 17 times in the half, including 10 times during the second period. Hazen committed just 3 turnovers in the half, but the Lady Bison shot just 29 percent (8 of 28) from the floor and 38 percent (5 of 13) from the line over the first two quarters.
Sadie Bolton’s threepointer to start the second half cut the lead to 29-27, but that would be as close as the Lady Bison would get the rest of the way, as Linton-HMB responded with a 7-2 spurt, and Nicole Nieuwsma’s putback extended the lead to 36-29 midway through the quarter. The teams traded baskets over the rest of the period, and Linton-HMB took a 42-35 advantage into the final quarter.
Hazen’s Ashton Carter opened the scoring in the fourth period with a threepointer, which cut the lead to 42-38 with 6:35 left, but the Lady Bison went scoreless for over 4:00 after that, and Flyberg answered with a triple on the ensuing trip to start a 9-0 run by Linton-HMB. Larson’s basket with 2:34 remaining gave Linton-HMB its biggest lead (51-38), and even though the Lady Lions would score just one free throw the rest of the way, Hazen could draw no closer than 8 points until Carter drained a threepointer at the buzzer to make up the final margin.
Linton-HMB never solved its turnover problems in the second half, as the Lady Lions finished with 29 miscues in the game. However, the Lady Lions hit 19 of 37 (51%) field goals, 11 of 15 (73%) free throws, and held a commanding, 43-18 advantage on the boards. Hazen committed just 6 turnovers the entire game, and the Lady Bison connected on 7 of 19 three-pointers, but they shot just 26 percent (10 of 38) on 2-point field goals, and hit just a third (5 of 15) of their free throw attempts in the game.
Alex Umber finished with game-highs in points (13), rebounds (10) and assists (3), while Flyberg netted 13 points, 8 rebounds and a pair of assists for Linton-HMB. Larson finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, Gerving added 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, and Amber Umber (5 rebounds) and Nieuwsma (3 rebounds, 2 assists) chipped in 4 points apiece for the Lady Lions. Bolton and Carter paced Hazen with 13 points each, and Schneider netted 8 points for the Lady Bison.
Hazen: Ashton Carter 13, Sadie Bolton 13, Mariya Schneider 8, Dakota Wood 5, Kendra Slaubaugh 3, Lexie Biffert 2, Hannah Zimmerman 2.
Linton-HMB: Alex Umber 13, McKenna Flyberg 13, Kaidra Larson 9, Tiffaney Gerving 7, Amber Umber 4, Nicole Nieuwsma 4, Taryn Schlosser 2.
3-Pointers:Hazen(7-19):Carter3, Bolton 3, Schneider 1, Linton-HMB (3-7): Flyberg 2, Gerving 1. Fouled Out: Bolton (Hazen)