CLEAR LAKE – Entering play on Friday, third-rated (3A) Clear Lake has put together a string of four wins to start the season, but Lions coach Bart Smith knows that as the Lions’ offense gets a little more in sync, the best part of the Lions’ season is still down the road.
The shots weren’t falling for the Lions against Algona on Friday, but a championship-caliber defense, which has been the hallmark of the Clear Lake season thus far, once again rose to the occasion as the Lions pulled out a 44-40 overtime win over Algona.
“I thought our offense was flowing well,” Smith said. “But the shots weren’t falling.
With less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Clear Lake found itself shooting just 16.7 percent from the floor for the game, and the result was a one-point Algona lead.
Jordyn Barragy, one of the three seniors on the Clear Lake roster, hit a 3-point basket with 4:53 remaining to not only put the Lions ahead, but the shot sparked the Lions' shooting for the remainder of the game.
Algona managed to hang in and tie the game late in regulation on a short jumper by Abigail Holmes, but Clear Lake, which was 7 of 42 from the floor prior to Barragy’s 3-pointer, made five of its last nine from the floor and added eight free throws to pull away late.
Sara Faber, the Lions’ leading scorer on the season, finished with 15 points to lead all scorers.
Faber managed just three field goals but was 9 of 13 at the free-throw line.
Lexi Fasbender added nine points on three 3-pointers, including a big shot late in overtime that put Clear Lake up for good.
Barragy added seven and Zoey Fasbender six.
Kameryn Etherington had 13 to lead the Bulldogs.
Clear Lake (5-0) returns to the court on Tuesday when it travels to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows for a North Central Conference tilt.
Algona (3-2) travels to Webster City on Tuesday.