The Lady Lion defense held Iowa Valley in check for most of the night on Monday, but the Tigers came through in the final minutes to escape Lone Tree with a 43-36 win.
Maddie Jacque scored 17 points and had all three of Lone Tree’s 3-point baskets.
Lone Tree trailed by a point with a quarter to play, but held the Tigers scoreless for nearly three minutes while building a 34-31 lead. Iowa Valley would take advantage of an offensive rebound and tie the game on a 3-pointer with 2:50 left. The Tigers closed the game with a 9-0 run.
“It came down to rebounding late in the game, and we just didn’t get enough rebounds towards the end of the game,” Lone Tree coach Ryan Shelman said. “We didn’t do a good enough job down the stretch to get the job done.”
The Lady Lions were just 3-11 from the free throw line in the loss.
Lone Tree had to cancel a couple practices due to the weather over the winter break, but will get a little practice time this week with a three-day break before hosting Pekin on Friday.
“We’ll tighten some of those things up,” Shelman said. “We have a couple of days here to hopefully get some practice time in. We’ll work on the things that we didn’t like from tonight’s game and continue to work on making ourselves better basketball players. And then hopefully we’ll get ourselves back in these close game scenarios where we can pull out a win afterwards.”
Josie Mullinnix scored on a nice post entry pass from Allison Marshek to give Lone Tree a 36-34 lead with 2:29 left. Mullinnix finished with nine points for Lone Tree. Madelyn McCullough and Marshek each had four.
The Lady Lions were short-handed due to an illness on Monday and missed Kasey Chown, who is averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Iowa Valley (7-2) extended its winning streak to five games, while Lone Tree dropped to 2-2 with the loss.
“I think we learned a lot of things tonight,” Shelman said. “Unfortunately, losses are harder lessons than wins, but sometimes we learn it a little bit better too. So, we’ll take it and we’ll move on.”