Stratton’s Go-Ahead Bucket In OT Clinches Lakeview A 4th Place Finish At The 2A Tourney

Pendleton — It was a battle that both teams will remember for a while, as the #9 Stanfield Tigers faced #7 Lakeview Honkers in the 2A 4th/6th place game on Saturday morning at the Pendleton Convention Center. Both teams were knocked in the first round of the 2A tournament, but battled their way to the consolation championship with wins over Gervais and Faith Bible on Friday. This one was expected to be a tight battle and a 50/50 shot for either to win, and they certainly didn’t disappoint by any measure.

Stanfield and Lakeview opened the game trading punches, finding themselves in a 4-4 game in the early minutes. Alexis Shelby and Mazie Reeser went for a pair of buckets to give Stanfield an 8-4 lead with 5:30 left in the opening quarter. The Honkers would get the game knotted back up on a bucket from Tyler McNeley and free throws by Kenna Stratton, but Stanfield got a score from Zuri Reeser to lead 10-8 after one quarter. Mazie and Zuri Reeser would continue a tone for Stanfield, scoring six more to extend their lead to 16-12 over Lakeview, and Maggie Sharp hit a trey that made it a 19-12 Tigers lead with two minutes left in the half.

The Honkers would try to gain traction near the end of the half, getting some points from McNeley and Breanna Strubel to keep within seven points as Stanfield led 22-15 at the half against Lakeview. Mazie Reeser, Zuri Reeser, and Maggie Sharp all had six points to lead a balanced Tigers attack, Kenna Stratton and Tyler McNeley had six and five points respectively for Lakeview. Coming out of the locker room, Lakeview continued the momentum they gained to close the half, closing within 23-19 behind buckets by Stratton and Breanna Strubel. Just like before, Stanfield had an answer with five straight points from Zuri Reeser to extend it back out to 28-19 with 2:44 left in the third. Just like in the first half, Lakeview kept up the effort and got results, finding eight points to close the quarter from Stratton and Savannah Greenfield, finding themselves only down 30-27 entering the fourth.

Trailing by only a trey, Greenfield got a bucket to cut the deficit to only one point, but Mazie Reeser and Alexis Shelby answered with four points to make it 34-29 Stanfield with 4:33 left in regulation. The resilience and patience of Lakeview would pay off, as Stratton hit a trey that closed it to a two-point game, while Shullanberger got the tying bucket to make it 34-all with 3:50 left. About a minute later, Stratton hit a pair of free throws to give Lakeview their first lead since the opening quarter 36-34. Trailing with 1:34 left, Stanfield made their move to take the lead on a Maggie Sharp bucket, but Karlee Vickerman tied it with a free throw to send the game to overtime tied 37-37.

Stanfield got in the first hits of overtime, taking a 41-37 lead behind Mazie Reeser and Sharp. However, it was Kenna Stratton that came to the rescue for Lakeview: Knocking down five straight points that included the go-ahead layup with 1:35 left in OT to take a 42-41 lead. Karlee Vickerman would hit six clutch free throws down the stretch, sealing Lakeview’s fate as the fourth place team in 2A 48-41 over Stanfield. Kenna Stratton finished with 21 points on 7-21 shooting for Lakeview, Zuri Reeser led Stanfield with 13 points in the game.

Lakeview finishes 4th Place in 2A with 20-3 record, Stanfield is 6th Place in 2A with their 23-7 record

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