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Clas 2A Girls State Basketball On to the semifinal

Lofstrom hits go-ahead free throw

March 2, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

DES MOINES - For the second game in a row, North Union found a way to win in a tight contest.

Chloe Lofstrom's free throw with 17.2 seconds remaining gave the Warriors a one-point lead, 47-46, over Panorama and turned out to be the game-winning point.

On the defensive end, Lofstrom pulled down the key rebound of a missed jumper by Panorama's Bailey Beckman. Lofstrom was fouled but North Union wasn't in the bonus yet. With 4 seconds remaining, Beckman intercepted the ensuing inbounds pass at half court, but her 3-pointer barely grazed the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

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"Panorama, one loss all year against Springville, just to pull out a victory is amazing," said North Union coach Merle Tigges. "Defensively, we tried to find great shooters and did a good job of locating them. Obviously we did a good job today with different scorers."

The Warriors advance to Friday's 11:45 a.m. Class 2A semifinal against Cascade. Cascade defeated Dike New-Hartford 61-44 early Wednesday. On the top half of the bracket, Treynor will face Grundy Center at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The championship game is Saturday at 5 p.m.

North Union couldn't have asked for a better start in the first quarter-the only one they would win in the game.

Lofstrom grabbed a couple offensive rebounds and put them back. Hallie Reese hit a 3-pointer early in the game and later converted a three-point play to give North Union a 14-7 advantage. Hope Steinberger came off the bench to match a 3-pointer by the Panthers. The quarter ended with Samantha Hagedorn scoring the final basket for a 19-10 advantage for the Warriors.

Lofstrom, who finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, hit the first basket of the second quarter to give North Union its biggest lead of the game, 21-10.

But then Panorama came storming back using a 15-4 run to tie the game at 25-25. Tied again at 27-27, Hagedorn hit a 3-pointer and then Bre Anderson was fouled on a long last second shot. She made two free throws to put North Union ahead 32-27 at the break.

Panorama made a 5-0 run to start the third quarter for their first lead of the game. The game seesawed until a 3-pointer by Kate Anderson pushed the Warrior lead to four, 42-38, to start the final frame.

Panorama briefly took a 43-42 lead, but the game was tied at 44-44 and again at 46-46, before Lofstrom's go-ahead point.

Lofstrom finished 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.

For the game, North Union shot 43 percent (18-of-42) compared to 32 percent (17-of-54) for Panorama. North Union shot 29 percent (4-of-14) while the Panthers shot 25 percent (5-of-20) from 3-point range. The Warriors were 7-of-10 from the free throw line while Panorama was 7-of-11.

For the Warriors, Hagedorn also finished in double digits with 13 points. Reese had eight, Kate Anderson had seven, Steinberger had three and Bre Anderson had two.



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