The Freshmen and Sophomore teams took care of business in setting up the "Main Event" of the evening. The varsity Pioneers outlasted the Flyers the last time the two teams met, back in December at the Meramec Tournament in a tough 2-point game. Tonight figured to be just as tightly contested, and it did not disappoint. There were numerous lead changes throughout the game, as each team would go on runs that would be matched by later runs by their opponent.
Midway through the 3rd quarter, the atmosphere in the gym took on an entirely new intensity when the opposing cheerleading squads had an impromptu "Flip Off" tumbling battle. Both student sections followed their lead, and the end of the 3rd quarter felt like the end of a district playoff game. The buzz continued through the 4th quarter as the lead continued to change hands. Ben Crancer played some outstanding defense in causing a 5-second violation against the Flyers which led to Clark Randall getting fouled. He calmly knocked down 2 huge free throws, giving the Pioneers a 4 point lead late.
Lindbergh used valuable time setting up a 3-point shot, but hit the shot and cut the lead to one with just under 5 seconds remaining, and called time out to set up their defense. They stole the inbounds pass and had two looks at the basket, but were unable to capitalize, and the Pioneers hung on for a 1-point win. KUDOS to the KHS student section for amping up the environment, and to the KHS Cheerleaders for protecting our turf. . . : )
Hard fought conference games are always tough to lose, but this one also had District seeding implications, so it was an extra-big win for the Pioneers. They are back in action on Tuesday as they host SLUH in an early evening (6:30pm) contest.