Girls Basketball: Lisbon Holds Off Springville In Regional Opener

By Douglas Miles and Josh Christensen, Reporters

SPRINGVILLE, Iowa — For the second year in a row, the Lisbon girls' basketball team has a victory in the postseason.

Senior Alexa Moothart led all scorers with 14 points as the Lions staved off a Springville rally to advance, 41-39, in a Class 1A regional opener Thursday night.

"I thought we had a really, really nice third quarter and then made just enough free throws, and just enough stops," Lisbon Coach Darin Hofmeister said. "Really proud of what we did."

After a hotly contested second quarter featuring five ties and seven lead changes, a baseline jumper with 13 seconds left by Lions' guard Ali Givens tied the game at 22-22.

"I told them at halftime, I said 'If you guys could put a little distance here in the fourth quarter we can kind of put this one away in the fourth,' and they did it," Hofmeister said.

Lisbon got it started in the third. Consecutive baskets from Moothart, including a left-handed hook in the paint off a pass from sophomore Danielle Heiken, gave the Lions a 30-26 lead. A basket by Heiken pushed the lead to six with 1:56 to go in the quarter.

After the teams traded baskets, the Lions came out of a fourth-quarter timeout with 6:28 remaining and were content to sit on the lead, burning clock with multiple passes in an effort to shorten the game.

"We just didn't want to make unnecessary shots and turn the ball over and give it back to them," Moothart said. "We tried to keep it away from them and run a no-scoring offense, I guess."

Moothart made four clutch free throws in the final two minutes. Springville had three shots at a tying bucket in the final seconds but missed each one.

"She's kind of the pulse of our team," Hofmeister said of Moothart. "She's a beast on the boards, just kind of we feed off her energy. As she goes, I think we go a lot of times."

Freshman Megan Wagaman led the way with 12 points for Springville, whose season ended at 9-13. Samantha Fitzgerald added 10, but was limited to two free throws in the second half.

Lisbon (8-15) plays Cedar Valley Christian Tuesday at Lone Tree.
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