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Lisbon rallies in Tri-County thriller



Published: Tue, December 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Erica Sims' clutch 3-point shot in the final seconds beat Crestview.

By JOHN BUTERA

Vindicator Correspondent

LISBON -- In a matchup of unbeatens that lived up to its pregame hype, the Lisbon High girls basketball team used a 20-point effort from Erica Sims, a clutch 3-point shot from Emily Smith and a fired-up student body to top Crestview 47-46 in a Tri-County League thriller on Monday.

Down 46-44 in the final seconds, Smith banked home her third 3-pointer of the night to help Lisbon (7-0, 3-0) stay unbeaten.

Crestview meanwhile stands 6-1, 2-1.

"We left a player wide open," Crestview coach Tanja Simione said of Smith. "And she hit it.

"Plus, this is a hard place to win. I think [the Lisbon students] were getting into our heads."

Glenn sparks run

With Lisbon on top 28-21 early in the third quarter, the Blue Devils' Caitlin Glenn showed an impressive flash, turning three nice moves into three straight layups as the Blue Devils went out 34-24 at 3:44 of the session.

Then the tide shifted to Crestview.

Behind Brianne Phillis, Crestview finished the quarter on an 8-0 run.

Phillis, who was forced to sit the final 6:52 of the half with her third foul, scored seven points in the quarter as the Rebels entered the last session down by just two, 34-32.

"We don't like our senior and our top scorer on the bench," said Simione of Phillis. "You never like to see that."

Costly turnovers

Lisbon was shooting itself in the foot, turning the ball over on six straight possessions and eight of nine overall.

The Rebels started the quarter on a 6-0 run by getting scores from three different players. A left-handed shot by Sims at 5:18 ended a 7:16 drought and gave Lisbon hope.

But Crestview answered. When Phillis cashed in two foul shots with 40 seconds left, it appeared the game was out of reach.

Sims, however, hit two foul shots with 27 seconds left and when Crestview twice missed the front end of bonus foul shots, the stage was set for Smith's heroics.

Keying the Rebel comeback was the fact that after putting Lisbon in the bonus at 5:30 of the first half and the double bonus at 1:10, the Rebels didn't commit another foul until 6:38 of the last period. They also didn't have a fourth quarter turnover until 2:32.

"It was still a sweet comeback for the girls," added Simione. "And I'm proud of them. At halftime they took a tongue lashing from the coaches. We were a little lazy early and we came out and played better defense."

Leading the Blue Devils

Lisbon, who started all underclassmen, got 11 from Glenn and nine from Smith, while Sims' 20 featured a 10 of 11 effort from the foul line.

"This win was really big for us," said Sims. "It's the kind of game that might determine how your season goes."

Freshman Chelsea Bowker topped the Rebels with 14 while Phillis had 11.

Lisbon held leads of 12 (25-13) and 13 (28-15) late in the second quarter but Crestview got a buzzer-beater from Chelsea McCall to make the halftime score 28-17.




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