Lisbon surges past Columbiana
The Blue Devils outscored the Clippers 13-1 in the third quarter.
By RYAN JONES
LISBON -- Lisbon High girls basketball coach Jaime Entrikin said his team has showed inconsistent play in the third quarter of games this season.
However, the Blue Devils were far from erratic Thursday as they outscored Columbiana 13-1 in the third period.
"I thought we were the better team, but we played their game in the first half," Entrikin said. "The third quarter has been our Achilles' heel in past games, but we were fortunate to attack them in the third tonight."
Lisbon (8-2, 3-1) used the third quarter surge to cruise to a 42-31 triumph over ITCL foe Columbiana (5-5, 2-2) for the first time in three years.
Aggressive on defense
Holding a 15-10 advantage at half time, Entrikin said he told his team to remain aggressive defensively.
"It was our goal to take their top offensive players [Krista] Johnson and [Katie] Douglas away," he said. "We wanted to force someone else on their team to beat us. Emily Smith and Chelsea Green did an exceptional job defending them."
Douglas and Johnson combined for only 13 points.
Columbiana coach Wayne Johnson said the Blue Devil defense bothered his team. The Clippers committed 21 turnovers.
"They didn't allow us many good looks at the basket," Johnson said. "And we didn't take very good care of the ball. We had too many careless turnovers."
Columbiana came alive offensively and went on an 8-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-25.
The Clippers outscored Lisbon 20-14 in the fourth, but it wasn't enough.
"We have been trying to play four solid quarters of basketball, but have been unable to all season," Johnson said. "We've had to expend too much energy trying to comeback in games. But we never gave up and showed some heart for sure."
Sims led Blue Devils
Lisbon was led by Erica Sims, who struggled offensively but still totaled 14 points and eight rebounds.
Sims came into the game averaging 23 points per contest.
"Everybody has an off night now and again," Entrikin said. "She knew it wasn't her best offensive showing, but we've got more than one person on our team we can count on for offense."
Caitlin Glenn had 12 points, five steals and four assists while teammate Erica Snoddy added nine markers for the Blue Devils.
Douglas led Columbiana with eight points and eight rebounds. Johnson had four assists.
Entrikin said he was nervous when Columbiana increased their defensive pressure in the fourth frame and began to creep back into the game.
"We handled their pressure pretty well," Entrikin said. "We took some bad shots and made some bad decisions and we will work on those things, but I'm very happy with the outcome."