The Lions and the Bearcats met again, this time on the home court of Minneapolis. The Lions were home for the first time in almost a month, so the crowd was into the match up.
The night started with the girls, where the Lions looked to settle the score after an overtime thriller on the Ellsworth home court. Kylie Fuller had a great game last time they matched up, even making a shot with a foul in the last second of the game to tie it up with no time on the clock. This time Kylie Fuller was cheering from the bench, out for the night with an injury.
The first quarter was a god back and forth, ending up tied (14-14). Karisma Vignery game out of the gates hot with two 3 pointers. In the second quarter, the Lions turned on the defense, and shut the Bearcats out. Minneapolis outscored Ellsworth 8-0 to close out the second half.
The Lions continued to shut out the Bearcats until halfway through the 3rd quarter. However, late in the third, the Bearcats made a big leap. Two triples along with 4 points from Lakyn Tenbrink cut the lead down to three points going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth remained tight for a couple minutes, but a surge of defensive points made the margin larger in the Lions favor. The final push ended up with a nine point victory, and revenge for Minneapolis. Final score 40-31
Scoring leader: Karisma Vignery with 16
The boys game was another chance to break some barriers for the seniors on the team. The game at Ellsworth was the first time they had beaten the Bearcats on their court. This game tonight was also to get to 10 wins in a season for the first time on the seniors careers.
The first half was a tough fight for the Lions, with tons of mid range shots falling for the Bearcats. Minneapolis hung with them the best they could, but the final score of the first half was 24-21. Minneapolis trailed by 3 going into the locker room after John Kyler nailed a 3 at the buzzer.
In the 3rd quarter, the Lions came out determined to overcome the lead, outscoring the Bearcats 13-4. The Bearcats hung in the game very well, making a number of three pointers to keep things interesting. An offensive explosion on both sides in the final stanza drove up the final total. Lions won the fourth 24-19. Final score went the Lions way, 58-49.
Scoring leaders: Kaden Griffin with 15, Kaden McCullick with 14, and Jonah Ausherman with 12.
Minneapolis boys and girls are back in action this Friday against Southeast of Saline