Louisville edged the Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca girls’ basketball team 48-45 in sub-district finals action at Johnson-Brock High School on Thursday night.
The game was a slug fest throughout with multiple lead changes.
The Lady Lions appeared to throw a knockout punch in the second half when Morgan Dittberner drilled three-point shots on back-to-back possessions as part of an 8-0 run.
Instead of yielding, the Rockets battled back and held a one-point lead late. Louisville carved out a three-point lead and dodged a bullet at the end of the fourth quarter clock.
Julia Reed was fouled on a three-point shot as time expired, but came up short on the first of three free throws, thus cementing the Lions’ victory.
Reed has been a go-to player for the Rockets all season long and Coach Tim Isaacs said Reed was the perfect player to call on in the final moments and that her missed shot didn’t change that opinion.
“There’s nobody that I would rather have shooting those shots than her,” Isaacs said.
In examining the game, Coach Isaacs said Reed and her teammates used sheer will to come back after Louisville’s second half run.
“I think it was grit and a desire to play hard,” Isaacs said.
Bad luck besieged the Rockets in the games’ final two quarters. Repeatedly, it seemed that the Rockets took good shots only to have them narrowly miss the mark.
“It felt like there was a lid on the basket,” Isaacs said. “It seemed like they rimmed out instead of rattling in.”
The Rockets were led in scoring by Paige Kapperman’s 12 points. Maggie Dettmer had eight. Reed and Alli Brinkman both had four. Rachael Nordues, Sydney Lintner and Paige Zastera each had two.
Dittberner had a game-high 19 to lead the Lions.
With the loss, the Rockets ended their season at 13-10.