Rails Drop Finale, Ready for the Playoffs Monday

In a clash of styles at the Roundhouse Friday night, the Ankeny Centennial Jaguars shot 28 free throws to Lincoln’s four in a game that ended in a 56-51 loss for the home team on Senior Night.

The Rails struggled mightily from the field, shooting just 33 percent and 10-of-33 from three but Lincoln also out-rebounded Centennial 32-29. The difference in the game was simple: free throw attempts.

Lincoln put up 57 shots from the field while the Jaguars put up 43 during the game. Not only did Centennial shoot 24 more shots from the charity stripe than the Rails, they connected on 18-of-32 of their two point attempts while going 0-for-11 from three.

The Railsplitters finish the regular season at 10-11 and went right back to work Saturday morning to prepare for the first round of the 4A Substate 2 Playoff matchup with Urbandale, set for Monday night at John Carle Court at the Roundhouse.

In the regular season matchup with Urbandale, Lincoln survived an spirited defensive grind to pull out a 49-47 win on the Jayhawks’ floor. Urbandale finished the regular season at 5-16 but beat Roosevelt and Ottumwa in the final week of the year.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm Monday night at the Roundhouse and the winner will travel up to Ames to take on the Little Cyclones Friday night.

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