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Lisbon comes alive in OT to pull out win over Lin-Wood


by Corey McKean
Sports reporter - The Littleton Courier

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Lisbon's Kiera Burke drives past the Lin-Wood defense and scores in the second quarter. Corey McKean. (click for larger version)
January 15, 2018
LISBON — There was nothing separating the Lisbon Lady Panthers and the Lin-Wood Lumberjacks through four quarters of play on Wednesday, Jan. 10, as the two teams battled to a 27-27 at the end of regulation but the Panthers would come alive in overtime, going on an 8-0 run to pull out a 35-27 victory.

"The girls came alive in overtime and played aggressively to pull ahead," explained Lisbon coach Nikki Woods." Kaylie Locke had a nice game and continues to improve while Aiden Jesseman took charge on several occasions for us tonight. Kiara Burke also had a nice game tonight, especially defensively."

Lin-Wood came out strong in the first quarter to outscore the Panthers 7-2, as Alyvia Drapeau got the Lumberjack offense going with a free throw early on while Lisbon's Graci Kaiser responded by hitting a mid-range jumper but that would be the only field goal by the Panthers in the quarter.

The Lumberjacks ended the first quarter on a 6-0 run as Maddy MacDonald scored on back to back drives and finishes while Blake Drouin scored off a short baseline jumper, giving Lin-Wood a 7-2 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Panthers turned things around in the second as their full court press on Lin-Wood seemed to give them a bit more energy. Lisbon opened up the second on an 8-2 run as Elena Veilleux came off the Panther bench to add a nice spark, scoring off a steal and layup while finding Burke for a layup, leading Lisbon to a 10-9 lead midway through the second.

Locke would also come in for the Panthers to give them a nice boost on the offensive end, scoring back to back baskets while Lin-Wood's Drapeau matched Locke with four points down the stretch as well, but Lisbon would lead, 14-13 at halftime.

Out of the half, both teams struggled scoring the ball, but eventually at the 4:44 mark in the third quarter, Drapeau scored off a driving layup but the Panthers answered with a 6-0 run as Casey Jock, Kaiser and Locke all recorded baskets, pushing the Panthers ahead, 20-15 with 3:12 left in the third.

Lin-Wood bounced back in the final 3:12 to hold Lisbon scoreless while Drapeau and MacDonald recorded baskets, putting the Lumberjacks within a point as the Panthers led, 20-19 heading into the fourth quarter.

It was a back and forth, neck and neck fourth quarter as MacDonald led the Lumberjacks with four points while Lisbon's Burke hit a pull up jumper and Meagan Roystan added a free throw to knot the score up at 23-23 early in the fourth.

After three scoreless minutes, Burke would come up with a steal and layup for the Panthers but Drouin and MacDonald came right back with back to back layups. Lisbon's Locke then knocked down a clutch jumper from the baseline, keeping the score knotted up at 27-27 with 2:19 left to play.

Lisbon would gain possession and hold onto the ball for the final shot, but with 10.1 seconds left the Panthers would miss, giving possession back to Lin-Wood. The Lumberjacks could do nothing with it, however, keeping the game tied and bringing it into overtime.

It would be all Lisbon in overtime as Chloe Houston was fouled inside and went to the free throw stripe to hit one free throw and Jesseman would hit a short jumper, sparking a 7-0 run in the overtime with Kaiser knocking down a pair of free throws, Burke adding another free throw, and Jock sealing the win with a layup at the buzzer, earning the Panthers the eight-point victory.

"I was really impressed with both teams. It was a hard fought, back-and-forth game, but we struggled from the line and had a difficult time on fast breaks, but we have come a long way this season," said Lin-Wood coach Shawn Quinn. "I think we have begun to find an identity on defense and soon we will get our shots to fall in. I'd like to thank Lisbon for always being a gracious host. It's a fun environment to compete in."

The Panthers were led by Burke with nine points while the Lumberjacks were led by MacDonald with 12 points.

Lisbon improves to a record of 2-6 on the season while Lin-Wood falls to a record of 1-7. The Panthers will play again on Friday, Jan. 19 as they travel to play Hinsdale. Game time is posted for 5 p.m. The Lumberjacks will play again on Monday, Jan. 22, as they host Mount Royal. Game time is posted for 5 p.m.

Lisbon: Burke 9, Locke 8, Kaiser 6, Jock 4, Roystan 3, Jesseman 2, Veilleux 2

Lin-Wood: MacDonald 12, Drapeau 9, Drouin 6

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