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Lakeview defeats Marysville in Blue-Gold semifinal PHOTO GALLERY

  • Marysville guard Lydia Sawdon brings the ball back to the top of the key during first-half action Tuesday night at Lakeview. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • Lakeview senior Nicole Austin (12) guards against Marysville freshman forward Gabby Fogarty during the first half of Tuesday's MAC Blue-Gold tournament semifinal. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • Lakeview junior Lauren Wynn (33) and Marysville guard Kiara Kelley (13) go after a loose ball in the paint Tuesday night. (Photo by Bill Roose)

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

It’s a lesson the Lakeview’s girls basketball team learned during a 54-50 semifinal win over visiting Marysville in the MAC Blue-Gold Tournament, Tuesday night.

The Huskies, who finished first in the MAC Blue, took advantage of some breaks down the stretch to advance to Saturday’s championship were they will face Center Line at 5 p.m. at Dakota.

Leading 48-47 with 3:19 remaining, the Huskies looked to be in trouble when they put the Vikings’ Hayley Delor on the free-throw line twice in an 11-second span. One of the fouls occurred while the junior guard was shooting a three-point shot. But she missed all five attempts.

“That was the game, she went 0-for-5,” Lakeview coach Joe Charrette said. “I’m sure she hasn’t missed five in a row all season. … We got lucky.”

Meanwhile, at the other end of the floor, senior guard Nicole Austin made six consecutive shots from the line, giving Lakeview a 54-49 edge with 53 seconds left.

“She’s done that her whole career,” Charrette said. “If Nicole Austin’s not an all-stater , I don’t know what an all-stater is.”

Lakeview (17-1) had to first overcome Marysville’s sizzling perimeter shooters, who canned seven three-point shots in the first half. Delor (13 points) and her twin sister, Hannah (14 points), made two triples each in the first 16 minutes to lift the Vikings to a 33-26 halftime lead.

But the Huskies stayed persistent and chipped away at the deficit as seniors Austin (12 points) and Lashana Young (19 points) combined on 18 points in the second half. A three-point shot by Alicia Bullaro (six points) tied the score at 39-all, and Katie Boyle’s layup gave the Huskies a 41-39 lead – their first of the night – with 1:57 left in the third.

“We just played harder,” Charrette said. “I said to them, ‘It’s gut-check time, knuckle down, D up, and have some fun.’ … I love my team. They play so hard.”

Despite outscoring the home team, 11-9, in the final quarter, No. 2 seeded Marysville (13-6) went the last four-plus minutes without making a field goal.

“Our girls were trying to make some plays, they had some big (offensive) rebounds in traffic,” Marysville coach Ryan Rathje said. “We were going hard to the paint and got to the free-throw line a lot just by being aggressive. We just couldn’t cash in.”

Last Updated: 2/14/2017 10:25:24 PM EST