WILTON – Lisbon’s surprising run through the Class 1A girls’ basketball regional came to an abrupt end Monday night, courtesy of a Burlington buzzsaw.
Lisbon surrendered 10 3-point baskets, including five in a dominant 31-9 second quarter, in bowing to the fifth-ranked Burlington Notre Dame Nikes, 81-39, in a 1A regional final at Wilton.
“We hoped coming in that we could chase some of those shots out of there,” Lisbon Coach Darin Hofmeister said. “They do a really good job of getting you into their pace. They’re good at what they do.”
Lisbon hung in early, trailing 21-13 at the end of the first quarter behind five points from senior Alexa Moothart, but it didn’t last. Following a driving layup from Ali Givens to pull within 21-15 to start the second quarter, Notre Dame unleashed a 12-0 run and the rout was on.
Notre Dame (21-3), Class 1A’s top scoring squad at 72.3 points per game entering the final, reached that number by the end of the third quarter, up 72-28. Sophomore point guard Taylor Hickey was masterful in distributing the ball to her perimeter shooters, tallying 12 assists, eight of which resulted in made three-pointers.
“I thought they came out and played really hard from the beginning, and we established the three-point line,” Notre Dame Coach Kollin Alfred said. “They just couldn’t guard it on us.”
Nikes’ sophomore Morgan Meyers led all scorers with 22 points, and Riley Kilbride added 11. Meyers, Kilbride, and Courtney Coffin each drilled three three-pointers.
The state tournament berth caps an impressive turnaround for Notre Dame girls’ basketball. Three years removed from a three-win campaign, the Nikes are going to Des Moines.
“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Alfred said.
Moothart finished with 15 points for Lisbon, which ends the season at 10-16. While disappointed in the final outcome, Hofmeister saluted his five seniors for their five postseason wins the past two seasons.
“What I told them was, ‘You made basketball relevant here again’,” Hofmeister said. “They made basketball here something that’s alive.”
The Class 1A state quarterfinals begin Feb. 25 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.