CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake girls basketball team has quite a bit of success in the regional round of the tournament in recent years.
The Lions have qualified for state four times in the past five seasons, including each of the last two.
Whether it was nerves or not, Clear Lake came out lethargic in Saturday’s Class 3A quarterfinal game against Pocahontas Area.
The Lions trailed 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, and after the Indians scored the first two baskets of the second period to take a six-point lead, something sparked the Lions.
Actually, it wasn’t so much a spark as it was an explosion that resulted in the Lions steamrolling the Indians 75-31.
“All it was going to take was one girl to get us going,” Lions coach Bart Smith said. “We needed that.”
With Pocahontas holding a 15-9 lead early in the second quarter, reserve forward Chelsey Holck hit a baseline jumper.
Lexi Fasbender followed with a pair of three-pointers and the Lions were off on a run that saw them outscore the Indians 40-3 over the better part of two quarters.
The second quarter largely told the tale as Clear Lake forced 12 Indians turnovers and outshot Pocahontas 20-5 from the floor.
Fasbender hit three treys in the second quarter alone and finished with eight for the game, a number that Smith believes to be a new school record.
“When we were preparing for them, we thought they would come out man-to-man,” Fasbender said. “They came out in a zone.”
The Lions continued to shoot over the top of that zone and finished with 17 made threes in the game.
Fasbender finished the night with 24 to lead Clear Lake.
Sara Faber, who struggled from the floor in the first quarter, scored 17 of her 19 points in the second and third quarters.
Delaney Ehn led the Indians with 16.
The Lions (16-4) advance to Wednesday’s regional semifinal at Humboldt where they will face Carroll Kuemper (10-12).
Kuemper advanced with a 71-24 win over Southeast Valley.