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Aledo Times Record - Aledo, IL
  • Lady Indians to play in state tourney

  • The Lewistown Central Lady Indians will be playing Saturday at Metamora Grade School in the 8-2A IESA State Tournament after beating Brimfield 37-35 to win the Peoria Christian Sectional Wednesday night. Now 25-0, coach Mitch Conway's team plays at 10 a.m. against Springfield Christ the King (14-8).
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  • The Lewistown Central Lady Indians will be playing Saturday at Metamora Grade School in the 8-2A IESA State Tournament after beating Brimfield 37-35 to win the Peoria Christian Sectional Wednesday night. Now 25-0, coach Mitch Conway's team plays at 10 a.m. against Christ the King (14-8).
    Wednesday's sectional did not start well for Lewistown as Brimfield jumped out to leads of 6-0 and then 8-2, all coming from Lucy Waid.
    However, the Lady Indians dug down and got themselves back in the game on baskets from Ashley Barclay and Mackenzie Goldring. Waid got two of those points back with three seconds left on the clock, leaving Lewistown trailing 10-6 at the quarter's end.
    "We hung in there," said Conway. "I told the girls in the lockerroom that both teams would have their moments. We stressed togetherness throughout the game."
    Lewistown's togetherness came together in the second quarter. A field goal apiece from Trissa Shawgo and Barclay closed the eventual winners to within 15-12. Barclay then scored in transition at the 2:41 mark to make it a one-point game.
    Moments later, Ashlyn Towery scored off an inbounds play to give Lewistown the lead (16-15) with 2:17 left in the half. But by the 1:40 mark, Brimfield had regained the lead at 20-18, scoring their last points on a three-point play from Lexi Snyder.
    However, Conway's team scored the final three points in the half. Goldring's field goal tied the game at 20-20 before a Shawgo free throw gave her team a 21-20 lead at the break.
    A 3-pointer from Barclay opened the scoring in the third quarter and gave Lewistown a 24-20 lead. Towery added a free throw at the 4:20 mark before a Brimfield free throw and a field goal from Waid closed them to within 25-23.
    Lewistown's Kayla Curless' field goal at the 2:16 mark upped her team's lead to 27-23 only to have Snyder hit one of two free throws as the quarter played out, making it a three-point game in favor of Lewistown as the quarter ended.
    The tightness of the game continued until the very end. Shawgo had a layup off of a steal 13 seconds into the final quarter, giving her team a 29-24 lead. However, three points from Waid narrowed her team's deficit to two points at the 4:37 mark.
    As the game played out, Lewistown led by four points on four different occasions. Two of the field goals came from Towery and one came from Goldring. Barclay also hit two key free throws.
    However, Brimfield countered with a basket of their own each time, closing to 37-35 with 11.9 seconds left. After a timeout, Brimfield had the ball out of bounds at midcourt with 6.7 seconds left.
    What turned into an advantage for Lewistown was the fact that they had just four team fouls at the time. The fifth foul came with 4.7 seconds left. Then after another timeout, Brimfield's Camryn Swiewtek lost the ball with two seconds left as she drove across the lane.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I thought our transition game picked up after we got the lead," said Conway. "And we had fouls to give at the end and they never got a shot off."
    Barclay led Lewistown in scoring with 15 points. Goldring netted eight. Towery finished with seven. Shawgo scored five. Curless had two points.
    Brimfield received 15 points from Waid and 13 from Snyder.
    If Lewistown wins their first game on Saturday they will play in the semifinals at 5 p.m.

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