Lady Lions knock off South Border
The Lady Lions improved to 3-1 in District 6 and 7-3 overall with the victory, while South Border dropped to 4-7 on the season, including a 0-3 mark in District 6 play.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end the entire game, but South Border went scoreless for over 7:00 during the first period, while Amber Umber and McKenna Flyberg each hit a three-pointer to help Linton-HMB open up a 9-2 advantage with 2:30 left in the period. The Lady Lions would take an 11-4 advantage into the second period, as South Border failed to hit a field goal (0 for 10), and the Lady Mustangs only points of the first period came on two free throws each by Kalli Scherbenske and Blaire Schnabel.
Linton-HMB held at least a five-point advantage throughout the second period, and Umber’s basket off a steal and assist by Flyberg gave the Lady Lions their biggest lead of the half (24-14) with 1:22 left in the frame. However, a putback and a pair of free throws by Schnerbenske in the final minute of the period cut the margin to 24-18 at the break.
Linton-HMB shot just 29 percent (7 of 24) from the field in the first half, but the Lady Lions hit four 3-pointers and sank 6 of 10 free throws in the half. South Border hit on just 5 of 25 (20%) field goals, but the Lady Mustangs stayed in the game by draining 8 of 10 free throws. Umber (8), Tiffaney Gerving (7) and Kaidra Larson (6) combined for 21 points in the half for Linton-HMB, while Scherbenske scored 8 points to pace South Border’s firsthalf attack.
Linton-HMB misfired on its first nine field goal attempts and went scoreless for nearly 5:00 to start the second half, but South Border failed to take advantage by scoring just 2 points over the first 4:30 of the third quarter. Baskets by Madison Schnabel and Scherbenske completed an 8-0 run that cut the lead to 24-22 with 3:30 left, and Linton-HMB couldn’t get on the board until Larson sank a pair of free throws at the 3:06 mark.
South Border kept the pressure on, and the Lady Mustangs closed within a point (28-27) on Raechelle Salzer’s three-point play with 2:00 left in the period. However, Rachal Umber finally notched Linton-HMB’s first field goal of the half on its next trip, and after Salzer hit a free throw for South Border, Flyberg canned a three-pointer to extend the lead to 33-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
Linton-HMB scored the first 9 points of the final period to complete a 14-1 run, and Flyberg’s basket gave the Lady Lions their biggest lead (42-28) of the game with 5:22 remaining. An 8-2 run by South Border over the next 2:00 closed the margin to 44-36, but that would be as close as the game would get the rest of the way, and Linton-HMB opened up a 51-38 advantage on Amber Umber’s 3-point play with just 1:05 left.
Linton-HMB hit on just a third (16 of 48) of its field goal attempts in the game, but the Lady Lions went 6 for 14 (43%) on three-pointers and connected on 13 of 20 (65%) free throws. South Border hit 10 of 15 (67%) free throws, but the Lady Mustangs connected on just 16 of 52 (31%) field goals, including just 3 of 11 (27%) three-point attempts. Both teams were fairly even in rebounds and turnovers for the game.
Amber Umber hit 3 threepointers and scored a season high 16 points, while Larson went 6 for 6 from the free throw line and finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for Linton-HMB. Flyberg tallied 8 points, 6 rebounds and a game-high 5 assists, Gerving netted 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, and Alex Umber chipped in 6 points (all in the fourth quarter) and 7 rebounds for the Lady Lions. Scherbenske and Madison Schnabel paced South Border with 12 points apiece.
South Border: Madison Schnabel 12, Kalli Scherbenske 12, Brooke Bucholz 5, Morgan Schnabel 4, Blaire Schnabel 4, Raechelle Salzer 4, Olivia Weber 2.
Linton-HMB:Amber Umber 16, Kaidra Larson 10, McKenna Flyberg 8, Tiffaney Gerving 7, Alex Umber 6, Rachal Umber 4.
3-Pointers: South Border (0-2), Linton-HMB (6-10): Amber Umber 3, Flyberg 2, Gerving 1. Fouled Out: Morgan Schnabel (SB).