State girls' basketball: Central Lyon claims 1-A championship

State girls' basketball: Central Lyon claims 1-A championship

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State girls' basketball: Central Lyon claims 1-A championship

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It was a golden debut for Central Lyon.
The top-ranked Lions made their first appearance at the state girls’ basketball tournament this week, and they showed the jitters of a newcomer before securing a 63-61 victory over Newell-Fonda in the Class 1-A final.
Kori Schulte made five clutch free throws in the final 3:01 to thwart a frantic comeback bid by the second-ranked Mustangs.
“It hasn’t set in yet,” Schulte said. “It’s a big sigh of relief, now that it’s off my shoulders and we got it done.”
Central Lyon owned a 56-41 lead early in the fourth quarter, but consecutive 3-pointers by Newell-Fonda’s Taiyler Schrank cut the margin to 57-56 with 3:26 remaining.
Schrank then fouled Schulte, who converted two free throws, giving the Lions a little breathing room at 59-56.
“We had a shoot-around this morning and I made 17 in a row,” Schulte said. “So I knew I could put them in.
“I just had to block everything out.”
The Mustangs’ Renee Maneman followed with a layup and Newell-Fonda eventually had two shots to pull ahead.
Schulte grabbed a key rebound and gave Central Lyon a 62-58 cushion with two more free throws at the 31-second mark.
“It was a little nerve-wrecking,” said Schulte, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. “It was just a matter of blocking out the crowd and putting (the shots) in.”
Schrank’s third 3-pointer set up Maneman’s potential winning shot from half-court as time expired.
“I was confident,” Maneman said. “And then as soon as it left my hand, I knew it wasn’t going in.”
The only losses this season for Central Lyon (26-2) came against Class 3-A qualifier MOC-Floyd Valley.
“We’re just kind of living in the moment right now,” Lions co-coach Dan Kruse said. “I’m so proud of this group every day how they come to practice and every day how they work.”
Newell-Fonda (24-3) was making its third trip to the state tournament in four years.
The Mustangs kept pace early in the championship game, which featured 10 ties in the opening 12 minutes.
Central Lyon went up 35-30 before halftime and built a 40-30 advantage in the third quarter when Schulte hit a 3-pointer and Lexi Ackerman added a layup.
“They got a lot of offensive boards, which led to layups,” said Maneman, who finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. “That killed us.”
NEWELL-FONDA (61)–Maneman 8-21 1-2 18, Schrank 4-6 0-0 11, Wells 3-7 0-0 8, Larsen 4-6 4-9 12, Christensen 5-10 2-4 12, Wilken 0-3 0-0 0, Morenz 0-0 0-0 0, Hess 0-0 0-0 0, Falline 0-1 0-0 0, Overgaard 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 24-54 7-16.
CENTRAL LYON (63)–Sieperda 2-6 1-2 5, Ackerman L. 5-9 1-2 12, Schulte 3-9 8-10 15, Roths 2-9 1-2 7, Halse 3-5 1-2 7, Rasmussen 2-6 0-1 6, Ackerman K. 4-8 1-3 11, Struckman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-52 13-22.
Newell-Fonda 12 18 11 20–61
Central Lyon 12 23 18 10–63
3-point goals–Newell-Fonda 6-17 (Maneman 1-6, Schrank 3-5, Wells 2-4, Wilken 0-2), Central Lyon 8-19 (Ackerman L. 1-2, Schulte 1-3, Roths 2-6, Rasmussen 2-3, Ackerman K. 2-5). Rebounds–Newell-Fonda 30 (Maneman 10), Central Lyon 38 (Schulte 9). Assists–Newell-Fonda 12 (Maneman 7), Central Lyon 12 (Rasmussen 5). Fouls–Newell-Fonda 18, Central Lyon 19. Fouled out–Ackerman L, Central Lyon.
All-Tournament Team
Andrea Christensen, Newell-Fonda; Kori Schulte, Central Lyon; Morgan Myers, Burlington Notre Dame; Danielle Bender, Marquette; Renee Maneman, Newell-Fonda; Lexi Ackerman, Central Lyon.

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