By Michelle Bigelbach
The Courier 

Lions Come Out Victorious Over Porcupines


January 1, 2020

A.J. Etherington / The Courier

Lustre Lion Aubrey Holzrichter scores during the Class C Showcase in Glasgow.

The Lustre Lions traveled to Nashua on Dec. 20 and the spikes of the Porcupines could not keep the Lions away, as the Lion girls won a hard fought battle 34-32 and the boys won 59-12.

On the girls' side, the game action saw back and forth two-pointers from each side with the score at half time 15-14 Lustre. The Lions and the Porcupines continued to keep up momentum, continually swapping two pointers and free throws into the second half of the game. Top scorers for the Lions included Amber Reddig with 10 points, six rebounds and six steals and Lily Short with nine points. For the Porcupines top scorers included Alexis Murdock with 12 points and Deja CrazyBull with six points.

Near the end of the game, Lions Tiara Whitmus and Grace Brown fouled out, resulting in a reduced number of players on the court for the Lions. "Despite having only six players this weekend, and a couple of girls getting into early foul trouble, they never let up their intensity, but found a way to get the job done, even when it was four on three by the end. They played smart on defense when they were outnumbered and finished strong," Lions coach Gretchen Schiller told the Courier.

On the boys' side, the Lions also played with determination and grit, not allowing the Porcupines to penetrate their defense. In the first half, the Porcupines were only able to score four points compared to the Lions' 40, and the second half didn't see much more scoring from the Porcupines as they were only able to score eight additional points, compared to the Lions' 17. For the Lions, Kolden Hoversland led the team with 23 points and five assists. Terry Allmer achieved 11 points and led the Lions with 10 rebounds. For the Porcupines, top scorer Toby Glasoe achieved six points with two three-pointers in the second half followed by Dillon Yoss with a two-pointer in the fourth quarter.

The next day, Dec. 21, Lustre hosted the Culbertson Cowboys where the boys won 52-32 and the girls lost 63-30.

"After coming off a game where two girls fouled out, we moved our feet and played more solid defense, which resulted in no foul trouble," Lady Lions coach Schiller told the Courier. "We will continue to tackle breaking a good press and patience on offense." Top scorers for that game included Reddig with nine points, Whitmus with eight points and Aubri Holzrichter with five points.

On the boys' side, Allmer led the team with 20 points and 16 rebounds, Hoversland had 17 points and six rebounds, while Kyle Pederson assisted with nine points and nine rebounds.

"We focused on energy on the defensive end all week in practice and it showed this weekend. The younger guys are starting to figure out the energy it takes to compete at the varsity level. On the offensive end we need to get better with our decision making, especially in transition. We need to know when we have numbers and when to set it up," explained Lions coach Randy Reddig.

The Lions next game action will be on Jan. 3 in an away game against Bainville.


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