CLINTON — The seventh-ranked Prince of Peace Irish girls basketball team got a stiff test from the Springville Orioles Saturday night.

Prince of Peace saw a six-point lead with less than two minutes remaining slip away as Springville fought back to tie before junior starter Tori Isenhour hit one of two free throws with 36 seconds to play and the Irish held on during a frenetic finish, earning a very hard-fought 38-37 win at Central Catholic Auditorium.

The Prince of Peace boys made it an Irish sweep, building a 20-point halftime lead on the way to a 60-46 win.

The Lady Irish went up 37-31 after a bucket by Isenhour, who along with freshman starter Brooke Craig led the team with 11 points, with 1:53 to play. Fifteen seconds later Prince of Peace sophomore starter Lauren Ryan (6 points) fouled out.

The Irish (10-0) would dearly miss Ryan down the stretch as Springville scored the next six points, pulling even on freshman Sarah Davidson’s four-point play with just 41 seconds left.

The four points were Davidson’s only points of the game as she drained a 3-pointer, was fouled and hit the ensuing free throw.

Just five seconds later Isenhour, who scored seven of her 11 points in the fourth quarter, was fouled, went to the line and hit one of two free throws, making it 38-37 with 36 seconds remaining.

The teams traded turnovers before a jump-ball call gave possession to the Irish with just 16 seconds left.

Prince of Peace junior starter Alyssa Kenney missed two free throws with 12 seconds left.

Springville then went to 6-foot-1 freshman Katie Eiben (team-high 11 points), who missed a shot in the middle of the lane. The rebound went out of bounds off an Oriole and the Irish were awarded the ball with just 1.2 seconds on the clock.

Prince of Peace tried a long inbound pass, but it sailed too long and appeared on its way out of bounds before a Springville player ill-advisedly ran the ball down and time expired ... or had it.

After a brief bit of confusion the officials ruled the Orioles had called a timeout when the Springville player touched the ball and the Orioles were awarded the ball with just 4 tenths of a second on the clock and about three-quarters of the court to cover.

Springville’s inbound pass went to Eiben near the free-throw line. She was able to make the catch, but was unable to get off much of a shot as time expired.

“We had a couple of fumbles late in the game,” Irish girls coach Dave Nelson said. “We didn’t play a great game, but you have to give a lot of credit to Springville.

“We’re used to Lauren stepping to the line and hitting the free throws late in the game. Tonight Tori did a terrific job at the line and Kelli (Krogman) hit some key free throws as well.”

Prince of Peace led most of the game, but was unable to pull away. The Irish led by six twice in the fourth quarter for its largest leads of the night.

The Orioles Lindsey Andersen hit a 3-pointer 45 seconds into the game for the only points in the first three minutes.

The Irish responded with an 8-0 burst that included a fast-break bucket by freshman starter Brooke Craig, a bucket by Isenhour off a feed from Krogman (6 points), a senior starter, a hoop by sophomore Emily Dodd and another bucket by Craig, making it 8-3 with 2:48 left in the opening quarter.

Springville scored the last four points of the period to make it 8-7 heading to the second quarter.

Prince of Peace scored the first four points of the second stanza, getting a bucket from the right wing by Ryan and an inside hoop by Krogman to go up 12-8 with 4:57 left in the first half.

The Irish only scored one more point in the half, as the Orioles closed the very low-scoring half with a 9-1 burst to go up 16-13 at the break.

Craig got Prince of Peace off to a good start in the second half, converting a three-point play to tie the score at 16.

After a Springville bucket the Irish went up 23-18 with 2:05 left in the third quarter following a long field goal from the right corner by Ryan, a 3-pointer from the left wing by Craig and another bucket by Ryan.

The Orioles would pull even at 23. It was 25-all after three quarters. There were two more ties at 27 and 29 before a 6-0 flurry put Prince of Peace up 35-29 with 4:02 to play. The all-free throws run included three by Isenhour, two by Kenney and one by Craig.

The Irish had just one field in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of its 13 points in the period on 11-of-16 free-throw shooting. Isenhour was 5-for-6 in the quarter.

Prince of Peace had a big advantage from the free-throw line, going 13-for-21 compared to Springville going 6-for-9.

The Orioles hung tough in large part because they hit five 3-pointers.

The Irish girls were still without senior starter Emma Nelson, who has been sidelined several weeks by mononucleosis. She, along with Prince of Peace assistant girls coach Andy Isenhour celebrated birthdays Saturday.

Boys Game

Springville scored the first four points, but the Irish responded with a 7-2 run to take the lead and led the rest of the way.

Prince of Peace (3-6), which had three sophomores and two freshmen in its starting lineup, jumped out to a 20-9 advantage after one quarter and extended to a 37-17 halftime bulge on the way to the victory.

The 20-point halftime cushion was the Irish boys’ largest lead.

“We’ve been getting behind and having to fight our way back. Tonight we got off to a good start,” Prince of Peace boys coach Gerry Murphy said.

Freshmen starters Jacob Crigger (10 points) and Drew Sikkema (11 points) combined for 13 points for the Irish in the opening quarter, Sikkema scoring seven and Crigger six.

Sikkema banked in a 3-pointer from some 25 feet out to beat the buzzer to end the period.

Prince of Peace scored the first six points of the second quarter to make it 26-9. The Irish outscored Springville 17-8 in the period go up 37-17 at the break.

The Orioles turned up the defensive pressure and scored the first six points of the second half. Springville shaved the margin to 11 with 4:53 left in the third quarter, but would get no closer.

The Irish responded with an 8-2 burst to go up 47-30 with an even three minutes left in the quarter.

Prince of Peace led 50-34 heading to the fourth quarter.

The Orioles could not get any closer than 12 points down in the final frame.

Zach Schmitz, the lone senior on the Irish roster, came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points, eight in the second half.

Prince of Peace had six players score at least six points.

“That’s what we need to win,” Murphy said. “I’m real happy with that kind of balance.”

Murphy is also pleased with the way his young squad is progressing.

“These freshmen and sophomores are no longer freshmen and sophomores,” he said.

Dan Malloy scored a game-high 14 points to pace Springville.

The Irish teams will get back into Big East Conference play Tuesday when they host East Central in a girl/boy doubleheader beginning at 6:15.


Score by Quarters

Springville 7 9 9 12 — 37

Prince of Peace 8 5 12 13 — 38



Jenny Roberts 3 1-2 9, Liz Malloy 0 0-0 0, Lindsey Andersen 2 0-0 6, Katie Eiben 5 1-2 11, Kelli Koch 0 0-0 0, Sarah Davidson 1 1-1 4, Callie Kloubec 2 2-2 6, Carly Martin 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 6-9 37.


Kelli Krogman 1 4-6 6, Tori Isenhour 3 5-6 11, Alyssa Kenney 0 2-4 2, Lauren Ryan 3 0-2 6, Brooke Craig 4 2-3 11, Kimberly Bertram 0 0-0 0, Emily Dodd 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 13-21 38.

3-point goals—Springville 5 (Andersen 2, Roberts 2, Davidson); POP 1 (Craig). Total fouls—Springville 16, POP 11. Fouled out—POP (Ryan).

Records—Prince of Peace 10-0. Next games—East Central at Prince of Peace, Tuesday.


Score by Quarters

Springville 9 8 17 12 — 46

Prince of Peace 20 17 13 10 — 60



Aaron Smith 2 0-0 4, Kevin Wurster 0 0-0 0, Jamie Paulson 1 0-0 2, Jesse Smith 0 0-0 0, Chase Dudak 5 0-1 10, Dan Malloy 4 6-9 14, Kyle Cassidy-Wescott 2 0-0 4, Ron Jaeger 5 2-5 12, Brock Gladwin 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 8-15 46.


Ben Carr 2 3-4 7, Dan Schnier 1 4-4 6, Drew Sikkema 5 0-0 11, Ben Lehmkuhl 3 2-5 8, Jacob Crigger 4 2-2 10, Keaton Connell 1 0-0 2, Luke Roling 2 0-0 4, Zach Schmitz 5 2-3 12, Bob Goldbeck 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 13-18 60.

3-point goals—POP 1 (Sikkema). Total fouls—Springville 18, POP 15. Fouled out—Springville (Dudak); POP (Schnier).

Records—Prince of Peace 3-6. Next games—East Central at Prince of Peace, Tuesday.