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Lyman girls earn state tourney berth for first time in 25 years

WALL — Lyman is returning to the Class B state girls’ basketball tournament for the first time in 25 years.

The Raiders defeated New Underwood 48-44 in the Region 6B game Tuesday in Wall.

“It’s surreal right now,” Lyman girls’ basketball head coach Cooper Garnos said, adding the last time the Raiders played in the state tournament was in 1989. “It doesn’t feel like we made it to the state tournament. We have all of the people from the county behind us.”

After a fast start, the Raiders trailed 21-16 at halftime. Lyman trailed again by two at the end of the third quarter, but Garnos said his team hit some big baskets in the third to give it some confidence.

The Raiders earned a late lead with 2 minutes to play in the game and sealed the win with free throws.

“It was a very-well played game,” Garnos said. “It was back and forth the whole game.”

Brooklyn Halverson and Bailey Almond each scored a team-high 10 points, while Anna Flitner and Cedar Jandreau each added nine in the win. Halverson brought down a team-high six rebounds, Almond dished out six assists and Chesney Garnos had five assists.

New Underwood’s Taylor Brindley had a game-high 13 points and Brianna Philipsen added 10. Both teams grabbed 21 rebounds.

Lyman (15-8) will play in the first round of the Class B state girls’ basketball tournament March 13 at the Huron Arena.

L 12 16 33 48

NU 5 21 35 44