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FOREST CITY – Forest City girls basketball coach Dusty Meyn was more than pleased with the defensive effort that his Indians showed throughout Tuesday’s game against Central Springs, but Meyn was patiently waiting for that offensive spurt that would put the Indians ahead.

With less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Indians trailing by four, Meyn finally got what he was looking for as Forest City netted 12 points in the final 2:59 to pull out a 45-42 victory in a Top of Iowa Conference crossover matchup.

“Basketball is a game of runs,” Meyn noted.

Forest City jumped out early, but Kaylee Parks and Morgan Kelley helped keep the Panthers close.

Erin Caylor started the fourth-quarter run for the Indians with a driving layup followed by a big 3-pointer by Brea Dillavou that gave the Indians the lead for good.

Hannah Anderson, who had been held in check by a solid Panther defense, then came up with two big baskets down the stretch to help secure the win.

Dillavou and Kelsey Koch led a balanced offense for Forest City with nine points apiece.

Anderson and Becca Seglem had seven apiece.

All seven of Seglem’s points came in the second half, including a 3-pointer late in the fourth that put Forest City up by six.

Parks finished with 20 to lead Central Springs.

Kelley had three 3-pointers and 11 points for the Panthers.

Forest City (17-4) opens Class 3A tournament play on Saturday when it plays host to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.

Central Springs (16-5) has a first-round bye in Class 2A regional action and will face either St. Ansgar or Lake Mills on Feb. 13.

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