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Keegan Edwards 26-point performance combined with a massive effort on the offensive glass gave Lone Tree their first win of the year, a 67-57 win over Louisa-Muscatine.
Lone Tree had 23 offensive rebounds and 45 total rebounds, compared to just 26 total rebounds for Louisa-Muscatine. The entire team was working for rebounds with nine players tallying at least two rebounds. Caleb Viers led the way with 11 and Edwards added nine.
Edwards came close to a triple-double with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Lions pushed the pace in the first quarter, jumping out to a 20-12 lead and keeping an eight-point lead at halftime at 31-23.
Lone Tree bursted into the second half and pushed their lead to 14 points after three quarters. Lone Tree held on in the fourth for a 10-point win.
Avery Knock and Bryce Houser were both in double-digits, each going 4-6 from the field.
Free throws continued to be a struggle for Lone Tree, going 13-29 from the line. The Lions are just 43 percent from the charity stripe this season.
Louisa-Muscatine: 12; 11; 14; 20; 57
Lone Tree: 20; 11; 20; 16; 67
Late burst comes up short
After Mediapolis went up 14 points late in the fourth quarter, something clicked for Lone Tree as they went on a 10-2 tear to end the game, but came up short 65-59 against Mediapolis.
After two straight missed one-and-one attempts for Mediapolis, Bryce Houser and Keegan Edwards hit threes to close the gap to eight.
Out of the timeout, Lone Tree stole the ball and Avery Knock was fouled, making both of his free throws to cut the Mediapolis lead to just six.
After another timeout, Lone Tree got another steal and a Houser field goal cut the lead to 63-59.
Mediapolis eventually was sent back to the line for two bonus free throws and missed them both, but Lone Tree wasn’t able to convert those misses to points. Drew Schroeder hit two free throws to make it 65-59 and seal the game.
Mediapolis was 2-8 from the line in the last two minutes of the game.
Caleb Viers had a season-high 19 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Knock added 11 and Edwards had 10.
Lone Tree: 10; 19; 13; 17; 59
Mediapolis: 18; 16; 12; 19; 65