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Lady Broncos Fall in Final Seconds

Russell Bronco BasketballGirls: Lyons 36, Russell 35 (First Round)

STERLING - Katie Head's layup with one second left in regulation lifted the Lyons Lady Lions to a 36-35 victory over the Russell Lady Broncos in first round girls action of the Sterling Invitational Monday evening, January 20 at the Ora Shields Activity Center.

Russell jumped out to an early 4-0 lead mostly on the strength of a three-pointer by Camille Dortland. After Lyons rallied to take a 6-4 lead, the Lady Broncos responded and led 8-6 after the first eight minutes.

Russell extended its lead with a 9-0 run into the second quarter and led by as many as 13-6 before the Lady Lions steadily chipped away at the lead. Still, the Lady Broncos took a 23-18 advantage into halftime. In the third quarter, Lyons outscored Russell 8-2 for a 26-25 lead and then extended the lead to 27-25 early in the fourth quarter on a free throw.

Russell appeared to take control of the game with a 10-4 spurt to lead 35-31 with less than two minutes left. However, turnovers and a key missed free throw hurt the Lady Broncos late and Lyons called a timeout with eight seconds left to set up the final play. It was then that Head took a pass in the lane from Janessa Jaime and converted a layup off the glass with one second left. Russell coach Frank Schulte tried to call a timeout, but time ran out, allowing Lyons to escape with the win.

Dortland led Russell with 16 points, but was held to just two free throws in the second half. Rylan Reeves also scored in double figures with 12 points. Head led all scorers with 18 points.

Russell (1-8) will face Southeast of Saline in the consolation semifinals on Tuesday at 3 PM. SES fell in its first round game by Hutchinson Trinity Catholic 50-23. Tuesday's game will be the second meeting in the last week between the two NCAA rivals. Southeast of Saline defeated Russell 59-46 on January 14 at Amos Morris Gymnasium in Russell.

Tuesday's game will air on KRSL 95.9 FM and online at KRSL.com with pregame coverage beginning at 2:50 PM

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