Girls Basketball: Regina Upends North Linn In Final Minute
By Jeff Linder and Scott Saville, Reporters
IOWA CITY Close game. Big shot. Potentially dangerous celebration.
Jordyn Lehman hit a tie-breaking basket with 20 seconds left, and Iowa City Regina upended fourth-ranked North Linn, 43-41, in a Class 2A regional final girls' basketball game Monday night at West High School.
"I got the ball, the defender went past me and I was able to put it up and in," Lehman said.
The Regals (19-4) advance to their third state tournament, their first since 2003. They'll play in a quarterfinal next Monday or Tuesday against an opponent to be determined, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
They accepted their blue qualifier banner, then survived a stampede by the student body.
Several players ended up on the floor, and Gabby Dutchik left the gym, wincing, before returning with ice on her knee.
Regina scored the final four points to prevail in a back-and-forth, topsy-turvy contest.
Katie Wick scored on a baseline shot with 44 seconds left to tie it. After a North Linn over-and-back call, Lehman scored inside for the winner.
"It's great for the girls to come out on top," said Regina Coach Clark Anderson. "That was as difficult a game as we've played all year."
North Linn (22-2) bowed out in the regional finals for the second straight year.
"Last year felt bad, but if this one could feel worse, it probably does," said Lynx Coach Brian Wheatley. "I love these kids, and I wanted them to get (to state) so bad.
"It's going to take a while to get over this one."
All-stater Nicole Miller had a chance to tie the game, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 3 seconds left. The Regals rebounded, and ultimately ran out the clock.
The Lynx lost the game before that, though. Miller hit Maddie Boer on a backdoor cut to put North Linn up 37-32 with 6:25 left. North Linn got a defensive stop with an opportunity to extend the lead, but turned it over three straight times.
Regina pounced, scoring seven straight points for a 39-37 edge. Hannah Stein tied it with a free throw, then Lehman put the Regals in front. It wouldn't be the last time she'd do it.
Haley Dudley hit two free throws and Boer scored off Miller's steal to give the Lynx the upper hand at 41-39, but the Regals had the final, winning push.
Wick scored 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead the victors.
"I knew somebody had to step up," she said. "I kept shooting, and it kept going in."
Lehman tallied eight points. Leading scorer Jenna Lehman was held to six points, but contributed 12 rebounds and five assists.
Miller led the Lynx with 12 points. Brenna Winn added 11.