Rams’ run not enough to catch Lisbon

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Mineral Ridge’s Taryn Kolesar, middle, looks to pass while being guarded by Alyssa Chestnut, left, and Maddie Liberati during their game Monday in Mineral Ridge. Lisbon won, 54-47.

MINERAL RIDGE — Lisbon led by as much as 16 midway through the third quarter before a Mineral Ridge run cut to it to three late in the fourth quarter.

Lisbon still found a way win, defeating Mineral Ridge, 54-47.

Mineral Ridge (10-11) had won nine of 12 games coming into this game, but Lisbon (12-7) set the tone early.

In the first quarter, Lisbon came out quickly to get ahead. The Blue Devils led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Lisbon continued to increase the lead in the second quarter, starting on an 8-2 run. With about three minutes in the first half, Mineral Ridge was forced to call a timeout as the Blue Devils led 25-15.

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Fran Kesner of Mineral Ridge, left, shoots while Lisbon’s Izzy Perez (1) looks on during their game Monday in Mineral Ridge. Lisbon held on to beat the Rams, 54-47.

Lisbon led at halftime, 27-19, behind Izzy Perez’s nine points. Alexa Harkins also had nine points for the Rams.

“I just like to keep my girls under control and keep the game on our side,” Perez said. “We run a lot of defenses and we like to switch them up. We went back into the man-to-man and the the 2-3 zone. I think that’s what messed them up.”

In the third quarter, Lisbon really expanded on that lead as it started the second half on an 8-2 run as it led 37-21 with about four minutes in the quarter remaining. A small 4-0 run by Ridge made Lisbon call a timeout with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

Lisbon still led after three quarters, 42-30.

“The biggest thing is trying to keep our composure,” Lisbon coach Jamie Entrikin said. “They (Mineral Ridge) did a nice job of coming out and trapping while making us do some different things. It wasn’t pretty, but the kids did not buckle and kept their composure.”

Mineral Ridge cut the lead down to four with 2:25 left at 48-44. The Rams got closed but couldn’t get a bucket they needed. Lisbon’s Maddie Liberati got an and-1 chance to go up five, and that was enough for the Blue Devils.

“We didn’t really struggle in the first half,” Mineral Ridge coach Matt Cluse said. “We just couldn’t hit a shot or make a free throw. We couldn’t get too many calls either, which also hurt us. I thought our girls played very well at the end. We had everything in place, but we missed some shots that would’ve changed the game.”

Cluse said he has girls who are hungry to win, and they all play hard each and every game.

“We are not an easy out by anybody. We have games where we can’t shoot very well and can’t hit free throws. Anybody can beat us then. It was a great game for us here near the end. We’ve won nine of 12 games and those three losses were to very good teams that are highly ranked.”

Mineral Ridge now has a home game against Heartland Christian on Thusday.