Lone Tree’s girls basketball team emerged from the first half of its conference opener Tuesday night with 12 points and a six-point edge against a team it hadn’t defeated in …
Lone Tree’s girls basketball team emerged from the first half of its conference opener Tuesday night with 12 points and a six-point edge against a team it hadn’t defeated in five years.
The Lions had allowed Pekin just two baskets.
And that’s when Lone Tree senior power forward Kasey Chown really took over.
Chown scored a career-high 24 points, scoring 12 points in the third quarter, to lead the Lions to a dominating 44-22 win over Pekin. It was the Lions’ first victory over Pekin since 2016.
After leading all scorers with six points in the first half, Chown scored the first seven points of the third quarter as the Lions went ahead by 13 points. She scored four points in the first 19 seconds of the quarter.
Chown’s 12 points in the quarter equaled the total number of points scored by all the players on both teams.
After missing a free throw in the early seconds of the third quarter, she grabbed her own rebound and powered it into the basket while getting fouled again. And she made the additional free throw as Lone Tree fans screamed in delight.
She scored 12 points in seven minutes, returning to the bench for a breather in the eighth minute, then added two more baskets and a pair of free throws in the final quarter.
"I'm just proud of our effort," Lions head coach Ryan Shelman said. "I thought our effort was here tonight.. As a team, we got the ball where it needed to go."
The Lions (2-1) will host Highland on December 6.
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