Lisbon refuses to give in
MINERAL RIDGE — In a year Lisbon coach Jamie Entrikin thought would be a rebuilding year with only one senior on the roster, he sees his team playing for a district championship on Saturday.
“We were very young to start the season,” Entrikin said. “I figured this was a rebuild year. At Christmas we weren’t exactly where I thought we could get to but since than we’ve played some good teams and battling has helped us.”
The seventh-seeded Lisbon girls basketball team continue its tournament run with a 42-34 win over Western Reserve in a Division IV district semifinal Wednesday.
Lisbon improves to 16-10 and will face Youngstown Valley Christian in the district final on Saturday.
“I never thought we would be here right now,” Lisbon junior Chloe Smith said. “It was a rough start to our season but we all came together as a team and it shows out on the court.”
Western Reserve finishes the season 17-9.
“The girls confidence level have improved,” Entrikin said. “They’ve gelled as the season went on and they just battle. It’s not pretty sometimes but this team battles.”
Lisbon opened the fourth quarter on a 8-0 run to go up 36-30 and outscored Western Reserve to 14-4 in the final frame.
“We were all so young at the beginning of the year we had to figure each other out now we gel and play for each other,” Smith said.
Lisbon was led by sophomore Izzy Perez with a game-high 14 points, eight steals and six rebounds. Smith finished with eight points, a team-high 13 rebounds and four assists and sophomore Maddie Liberati added eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Junior Hailee Carpenter made four steals.
Lisbon knocked off the third-seeded Western Reserve after beating the second-seeded McDonald, 49-44, on Saturday.
“We have embraced being a lower seed in this tournament,” Smith said.
“We never really saw ourselves as a seven seed,” Entrikin said. “Even when we lost to good teams we said if we fixed one thing here or there we could beat these good teams.”
Lisbon’s lone senior Alyssa Chestnut had six points game hitting a pair of big three-pointers to keep within striking distance of Western Reserve.
“Alyssa’s our lone senior and she’s been a great leader for this team off the bench,” Entrikin said.
Last year, Lisbon to Columbiana, 63-57, in the Division III district semifinals.
“Playing twice close with Columbiana this year gave them a huge confidence boost and they learned from it as the season went on,” Entrikin said.
Western Reserve was led in scoring by Alexis Hughes and Laura Sigworth with 10 points each.
“Lisbon did a great job of taking away our strengths and exposing our weaknesses in many areas,” Western Reserve coach Steve Miller said. “In the second half they did a better job of taking away the middle and than extending out on our shooters.
“It seemed like anytime we had a chance to dribble drive the ball was in the hands of someone that doesn’t specialize in that.”
Western Reserve jumped out to a 6-0 lead after Hughes hit back to back threes to start the game.
“Alexis as a senior took a lot of young girls and made them follow her,” Miller said. “We wanted to get to that one game and play for Alexis but we fell one game short.”
At the end of the first quarter Western Reserve led 10-6 and led 18-17 at halftime.
Lisbon got its first lead of the game when Perez made a driving layup on the break to make the score 23-22 mid-way through the third quarter.
Reserve would regain the lead 30-28 going into the final frame but Lisbon’s 8-0 run at the begging of the final frame would prove too much for Reserve.
“Hats off to Lisbon because defensively they did a great job,” Miller said. “We laid an egg when it mattered offensively.”
¯ Lisbon will face Valley Christian in the district finals at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mineral Ridge.
Lisbon lost to Valley Christian 61-44 the first game of the season.
“We played with them until about five minutes in the fourth quarter and than we ran out of gas,” Entrikin said. “They are very fast and athletic so we will have our hands full.”
¯ In the first semifinal Wednesday, fifth-seeded Valley Christian knocked off top-seeded Jackson-Milton 53-45. Jackson-Milton, ranked sixth in the state poll, won the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference title.
Lisbon 42, Western Reserve 34
W. RESERVE: 10- 8-12- 4–34
LISBON SCORING: Izzy Perez 4-6-14, Cadee Johnson 1-1-3, Hailee Carpenter 0-1-1, Chloe Smith 3-2-8, Autumn Oehlstrom 1-0-2, Alyssa Chestnut 2-0-6, Maddie Liberati 4-0-8. TEAM TOTALS: 15-49, 10-12: 42.
WESTERN RESERVE SCORING: Brooke Morris 0-2-2, Alexis Hughes 4-0-10, Laura Sigworth 4-0-10, Kennedy Miller 1-1-3, Erica DeZee 0-0-0, Alyssa Serensky 3-3-9, Morgan Donithan 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 12, 6-9: 34.
Three-point goals: Lisbon 2-7 (Chestnut 2), Western Reserve 4 (Hughes 2, Sigworth 2).
Valley Christian 53, Jackson-Milton 45
VALLEY CHRISTIAN: 15-13-7-18–53
JACKSON-MILTON SCORING: Grace McDevitt 1-0-2, Emily Williams 4-4-12, Courtney Mercer 0-0-0, Ashley Cameron 0-0-0, Michaelina Terranova 7-4-21, Abigail Spalding 5-0-10. TEAM TOTALS: 17, 8-11: 45.
VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCORING: Tayvon Jones 1-0-2, India Snyder 6-0-14, Kristin Gill 8-5-21, Imani Snyder 4-0-9, Ne’Syiah Taylor 2-3-7. TEAM TOTALS: 21, 8-16: 53.
Three-point goals: Jackson-Milton 3 (Terranova 3), Valley Christian 3 (India Snyder 2, Imani Snyder).