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Just eight days after Wapello handed Lone Tree its third loss of the season, the Lions traveled 30 miles South to meet the Indians for a rematch.
Lone Tree scored 50 points in the second half, and needed almost each one of them in an 80-75 win. Wapello took a 28-20 second quarter lead on its fifth three-point make of the game after hitting just three from long range in the first meeting.
Michael Schmidt tied the game 37-37 with a three-point play in the third quarter. A few possessions later, Trey Pierson hit a three-pointer to give Lone Tree the lead for good. Pierson’s third three-pointer of the game gave Lone Tree a double-digit lead.
“He really stepped up,” Lone Tree coach Tom Squiers said. “In practice, he’s been shooting the ball a lot better. I think it’s just been a confidence thing for him all year; he really hasn’t shot a lot.
“He hit a three in the first half, and he hit a couple in the third quarter, and then he did a real good job of taking the ball to the basket, and he hit a few free throws for us, plus I thought he played well on the defensive end also. Those are types of things we need from him, he’s a senior, he’s been starting for two years and it was great to see him step up.”
Pierson, who scored 10 of his 16 points during a 17-4 third quarter run, said he wasn’t necessarily looking to be aggressive on the offensive end.
“I just played the game, my aggressiveness comes on defense,” he said. “I just try to look for the open man on offense. If I’m open, I’ll shoot it, and it went in tonight.”
Lone Tree led 55-43 after three quarters, but Wapello closed the gap to 58-52 with a pair of three-pointers and a three-point play.
Wapello made eight three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the teams combined to score 57 points over the final eight minutes.
Wapello’s last three-pointer cut the lead to 78-75, but Pierson’s free throw made it a two possession game.
The Lions finished with five players in double figures, along with Ross Swinton who had eight points, five assists and five steals.
Niko Gosnell scored the first 10 points of the game as Lone Tree took a 10-2 lead. He finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Jovonte Squiers had 12 points, six rebounds and four steals. His eight assists were one shy of the Lions’ team total from the first meeting with Wapello. Lone Tree finished the second meeting with 18 assists on 31 field goals, shooting 62 percent from the floor.
Michael Schmidt scored 13 points.
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