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Madison Forbes scored 18 points, including the 1,000th point of her career as Lone Tree defeated Wapello 35-32 on Tuesday.
The Lady Lions led 33-26 late in the fourth quarter, but a 6-0 Wapello run cut the deficit to one point with just seconds remaining. Lone Tree missed a free throw, but Forbes grabbed the rebound and made two free throws with 1.7 seconds left. The Arrows half-court equalizer was off the mark and Lone Tree survived.
During the critical free throw attempt, Forbes was positioned beside Karlee Carey, the Arrows’ top rebounder at 7.4 per game.
“I played a lot of AAU basketball with her, so I knew that she usually went straight to the rim,” Forbes said. “I was kind of nervous about that play, jumping up, in case I got a foul at that point in the game, but I decided it was a risk that we needed to take since they were only one point behind us.”
Forbes scored the final seven points of the game for Lone Tree, going 5-6 from the free throw line during that stretch and 7-10 for the game. She became the seventh player in Lady Lion history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
“It means a lot to me,” Forbes said. “It’s a goal I had set for myself in my freshman year, and this year I was really looking forward to meeting it.
“I’m very excited for my teammates too, because I couldn’t have done any of that without them. They make great passes to me and screen for me and help me get open.”
Lone Tree improved to 15-3 on the season despite scoring single-digit points in each quarter.
With several starters having early foul trouble, Lone Tree coach Jonathan Harshman had to rely on his bench.
“We got really big minutes tonight from Molly Milder, Ashley Musser and Emily Feldman,” Harshman said. “All three of them played terrific, they all scored for us tonight. Holley Johnson came off the bench and she hit a three in the first half.”
“They didn’t turn it over, they played pretty well on defense, they got some rebounds, they got a couple steals between the four of them. I was really pleased with the four of them and the minutes that they were able to give us, because we need them with the foul trouble tonight. Each one of those four girls stepped up their game.”
The Lone Tree starters minus Forbes combined for 12 fouls and seven points, while the four bench players combined for four fouls and 10 points.
Feldman had 10 rebounds and two steals. Maryssa Grover had eight rebounds while Liz Dodson had two assists and two blocks.
Lone Tree opened the second half with a three-pointer from Musser and a basket by Forbes to extend the lead to 23-13.
The Lady Lions would make another field goal attempt until Wapello trimmed the lead to one point in the fourth quarter at 26-25.
“We had a couple turnovers, we didn’t take good care of the ball,” Harshman said about the third quarter. “We just couldn’t make open shots. We had been doing better the last couple of games, shooting the ball a little bit better with confidence, but tonight our shots just didn’t fall.
“We made a couple three-pointers, which was obviously huge, but we weren’t able to make enough to put them out of their comfort zone and force them to come out of their 1-3-1.”
Elena Sieverding ended the 6-0 run with a layup, followed by a layup from Forbes, who scored 11 of Lone Tree’s 17 second-half points.
“At this point in the season, you take them any way they come,” Harshman said.
“They had a good game plan, they’re a well-coached team. They made some shots, they made some plays.
“The second time you play a team, you know they’re going to come at you, they’re going to try to take away your strengths and they did a really good job of that tonight. I was really proud of some of our girls stepping up.”