Posted On: 02/27/21 2:31 PM

NORTH LIBERTY -- For the first time in school history, Iowa City Liberty is headed to the substate final. The Lightning used a big fourth quarter, outscoring Davenport North 26-14 in the final frame, to advance to Tuesday night’s final with a 58-50 win over the Wildcats.

A tight game throughout the first half, Liberty took a 26-24 lead into the break. North opened the second-half on a 10-2 run to take a 34-28 lead, and held a 36-32 lead after three quarters. The Lightning scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to take the lead, and the lead changed hands six times in the first four minutes of the quarter. Liberty finally seized control for good with 3:02 to play when Ethan O’Donnell Ethan O’Donnell 6'4" | SF Liberty | 2021 State IA scored on a bucket inside, followed by a Grayson Tyler 3, giving the Lightning a 47-43 lead. North was able to close the deficit back down to as little as 2, 50-48, but the Lightning were able to ice the game away at the free-throw line.

The bigger Lightning played a 2-3 or 3-2 zone exclusively, limiting the dribble-drive ability of the quicker North squad and forcing the Wildcats to pass around

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