Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Troy Takes Free (Throw) Ride into Final Four Lenk Sinks 2 from Line at 0:07, Lifting Trojanettes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Troy Takes Free (Throw) Ride into Final Four Lenk Sinks 2 from Line at 0:07, Lifting Trojanettes

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If Lisa Lenk was nervous, she did a great job of hiding it.

Lenk, a junior point guard from Buchanan High of Troy, connected on a pair of free throws with seven seconds to play Saturday, lifting the Trojanettes past Incarnate Word Academy 40-38 in the Class 3A girls basketball quarterfinals at Maryville University.

"I was really nervous, but I knew everyone was counting on me," Lenk said. "I just tried to block everything out and focus on those two shots."

Lenk's free throws capped an impressive comeback for Troy, which improved to 22-9 and advances to play Chillicothe (26-2) in the state semifinals at 6:25 p.m. Friday at the Hearnes Center in Columbia.

Republic (28-1) takes on Owensville (25-4) in the other semifinal at 4:45 p.m.

"Those were two pressure-packed free throws," Troy coach Ron Wilhoit said. "When Lisa came to the bench during the timeout, her hands were really shaking. But they weren't shaking as much as mine.

"It was a great win for us."

The Trojanettes trailed 27-14 early in the second half and were still down 33-26 after three quarters.

That's when Lenk took over.

"We realized that their guards weren't quick enough to stay with Lisa," Wilhoit said. "We told Lisa to push the ball up the floor and to force the action whenever possible. She scored a couple of quick baskets and that really seemed to get us going."

Lenk, who scored 11 of her game-high 13 points after halftime, set up the winning free throws with a strong drive to the basket.

"It's a double-stack set that hopefully frees up Lisa for the layup," Wilhoit said. "She didn't score, but she drew the foul."

And then she hit the game-winning free throws.

Troy also received a solid performance from junior Melinda Flynn, who came off the bench and scored 10 points, including eight in the second half. Flynn also shone defensively against Incarnate Word's top player, senior Angie Kohnen, who was limited to eight points. …

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