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Lisbon girls' basketball team off and running

HS journalism: Lions are 3-5 heading into tonight's game

LISBON — The Lisbon girls’ basketball team kicked off the 2018-19 season with two new coaches — head coach Diamond Boyd and assistant Bob Blythe.

The Lions only had 14 girls this season, not enough to field a junior varsity team. But this means everyone suits up for varsity.

There are only three seniors on the roster.

“It is quality over quantity,” senior Sam Schrantz said. “The girls are expected to work harder knowing they’re going to get varsity minutes.”

The Lions (3-5) started the season with a win over Waterloo Christian. Lisbon then lost to Midland before beating Starmont. A four-game losing skid followed before a 54-49 win over Calamus-Wheatland last Friday. The Lions play Cedar Valley Christian tonight at Springville, starting at 6 p.m.

McKenna Nelson leads a balanced attack at 9 points per game.

“Coach (Boyd) expects us to go hard in practice, so our energy level is very high when it comes to game time,” said Schrantz, who averages 8 points per game. “She is a lot of fun and cares about the players and the game of basketball.”

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