UTICA — After watching Centennial’s Hunter Hartshorn drain a 3-pointer to take a 36-35 lead with 12 seconds remaining, Lakeview was ready with the answer.
Morgan Bignell drove the baseline and threaded the ball to Brooklyn Wilke, who put in the game-winning basket with 1.4 seconds left to give the Vikings a 37-36 road victory Friday over the Broncos (8-5).
“To finish like that shows our character,” Lakeview head coach Monte Jones said. “We’re happy with it.”
That basket was Wilke’s only points of the game.
Gracie Borer paced Lakeview (6-6) with a game-high 18 points.
“She got a little bit of everything,” Jones said.
The Vikings got off to a strong start before Centennial took control in the middle stages of the game. Lakeview led 12-8 after the opening quarter behind six points from Borer and four from Ali Janssen.
The Broncos came roaring back in the second period, outscoring the Vikings 13-5 to grab a 21-17 lead at the break.
Centennial extended that lead to 33-27 entering the final quarter.
“I thought we lacked some defensive energy in the middle part of the game,” Jones said.
So at the quarter break, he challenged his players to respond in the fourth quarter, and they did.
Lakeview didn’t allow a point in the period until Hartshorn knocked down the go-ahead trey with 12 seconds remaining. The Vikings had the response once again.
“It was pretty ugly up to that point,” Jones said. “We struggled with fouls and missing layups, but found a way.”
Hartshorn finished with 11 points to lead Centennial and Kate Hirschfeld added 10.
Makenna Klug was Lakeview’s second-leading scorer behind Borer with six points.
Lakeview has another road game Saturday against David City Aquinas, which Jones says should be another good challenge for his squad.
“We’ve been tested a couple games in a row now,” he said. “We’re ready for it.”