CLINTON -- The Prince of Peace girls were trying to do something on Friday night that hasn't been done in five years: win a post season game.
They succeeded with a 42-36 win over Lone Tree in the first round of Class 1A district play. It was the first district win for the program since the 2013-2014 season. For head coach Dave Nelson's team, though, it was a battle the whole way.
"It's great to get a win," Nelson said. "We did enough to get the win. It was not a attractive win by any stretch of the imagination."
Nelson was most unhappy with the defense and easy baskets Lone Tree found. Plus, the Tigers came out and drained five long distance shots, which wasn't expected.
"The times it happened we had too many bigs on the floor and couldn't get to the corner," Nelson said. "We need to play tighter."
The score remained tied for much of the first half, the Irish taking a small 21-20 lead at halftime. Freshman Lilly Isenhour had 12 points in the first half alone, and ended with a team-high 19. She was nervous, but knew she was facing a team smaller in size, leaving her open in the lane.
"The past couple games I haven't been playing well," Isenhour said. "I knew I could score and I was getting where I wanted to, not rushing my shot."
The Irish came out of the gates in the third with offensive and defensive advantage. First Isabel Hansen drove to the rim and put one in, then the Irish hit a baseline jumper the next way down.
On the defensive end, they followed up the consecutive baskets by drawing a charge. Then Sanaa Patterson got a steal and an easy layup to cap off a 6-0 run. Prince of Peace then got a 5-second out of bounds call.
"We were trying to run some pressure defense and we got a few nice turnovers," Nelson said. "This was a game of spurts, and we had two this game. The rest of the game we pretty much played head-to-head with them."
Lone Tree came out in the fourth and hit a three-point bucket, but Lilly Isenhour responded with an offensive putback. Before they knew it, Prince of Peace had a double digit lead. It didn't last.
The Lions battled back, getting as close as three. Anabel Blount drained a number of free throws to end the game and keep Lone Tree at bay for the win. Even though they were leading by just one possession, Blount wasn't nervous.
"I knew I could do it," Blount said. "I always tell myself I can make it, because then I usually do. If I believe it, it goes in."
Prince of Peace will travel on Tuesday, weather depending, to Bellevue to take on Tri-Rivers Conference opponent Marquette Catholic in the second round.
Fulton gets Senior Night W
FULTON --The Steamers got a big win on Senior Night to say good bye to their senior class in exciting fashion, beating Orion 54-49.
Orion was previously undefeated in the TRAC-West.
The Steamers came out hot, jumping to a ten-point lead after the first quarter but fell behind by three by the half.
Senior Kyle Schipper led the effort with 17 points, and Jamison Osborn added another 15. Kyler Pessman had 23 on the night.
Fulton will play in the Aquin Shootout this weekend.
Camanche sneaks by Tipton
TIPTON -- A close game for the Indians ended up in their favor with a 61-59 road win on Friday night.
The game was close the entire way, including tied 29-29 at the half. Camanche was never able to pull away in the second half and even fell behind in the final minutes but came out on top.
Caleb Delzell and Cam Soenksen made the difference in the final 16 minutes. Soenksen was held scoreless in the first half but went on an 18-point tear to end the game. Delzell had 12 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, including two big free throws in the fourth quarter. Delzell added 15 rebounds and six assists for his 11th double-double this year.
The Indians will play Pleasant Valley Saturday for a makeup game, starting at approximately 1:30 p.m.