MILLER CITY — Miller City prevailed over Lincolnview 64-51 Saturday night in a game decided at the free throw line. The Wildcats went to the stripe 30 times and hit 20 (67 percent); the Lancers only seven times, hitting four (57 percent). Miller City is now 7-4, Lincolnview 5-6.

The decider in this one came early in the fourth quarter. It was 52-46 with 6:28 left; however, Miller City scored the next six on fielders by sophomore Austin Ruhe and junior TJ Michel, followed by two Ruhe free throws — 58-46 with 4:20 on the clock. The Lancers never got closer than ten after that.

Lincolnview led 9-5 midway through the first quarter with all of those points coming in the paint — four by junior Jake Bowersock, three by sophomore Landon Price (layup and one), and two by junior Clayton Leeth. However, Miller City’s 3-2 zone then made the Lancers go outside for most of their shots, and those shots for the most part weren’t going in.

The Wildcats led 18-12 after one and 32-22 after two. Miller City wasn’t great from the field either — 9 of 24 (38 percent) at the half, compared to Lincolnview’s 8 of 24 (33 percent) — but the Cats were 11 of 14 from the line, the Lancers only 3 of 4.

For the second straight night, Lincolnview came out on fire in the third quarter. Junior sharpshooter Creed Jessee found the range with 11 third quarter points including three triples, and the Lancers got within three at 39-36 with 3:14 on the clock. However, Miller City led 49-43 at the end of the quarter, thanks largely to landing 5 of 6 free throws while Lincolnview never went to the line.

After three quarters, the Wildcats were 16 for 20 from the the free throw line. They went cold from there in the fourth quarter, hitting only 4 of 10 and missing two front ends, but it would prove to be enough.

Junior Ross Niese started the final period by rattling in a 3-pointer from the left wing to lead 52-43. Leeth matched that with a trey from the right corner — 52-46 — but that’s when the Cats began to pull away.

After its hot third quarter from the field — 9 for 16 — Lincolnview went ice cold in the fourth — 3 for 15.

For the game as a whole, Miller City was more accurate from the field — 42 percent (19 of 45) to 36 percent (20 of 55) — including from behind the arc — 38 percent (6 of 16) to 26 percent (7 for 27). The Cats also won the boards 36-25, but the Lancers had fewer turnovers, 17-21.

Miller City was led in scoring by Ruhe, senior Nick Gable, and senior Jacob Koenig with 19, 14, and 12. Ruhe hit 12 of 14 free throw attempts.

Lincolnview was led by Jessee, Leeth, and junior Collin Overholt with 12, 11, and 11.

Lincolnview (51)

Clayton Leeth 5-8 0-0 11, Aaron Cavinder 2-11 0-0 5, Collin Overholt 4-13 2-3 11, Jake Bowersock 4-5 0-0 8, Creed Jessee 4-12 1-2 12, Garrett Richardson 0-1 0-0 0, Landin Price 1-5 1-2 4, Daegan Hatfield 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 4-7 51.

Miller City (64)

Ross Niese 2-5 0-0 5, Austin Ruhe 3-10 12-14 19, Nick Gable 5-8 3-6 14, Jacob Koenig 4-11 1-2 12, Jon Burgei 2-7 4-8 8, Jaden Nuverman 0-0 0-0 0, TJ Michel 3-3 0-0 6, Zach Filbinger 0-1 0-0 0, Devin Pester 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-45 20-30 64.

3-point shooting: LV 7/27 (Jessee 3, Leeth, Price, Cavinder, Overholt), MC 6/16 (Koenig 3, Niese, Ruhe, Gable). Rebounds: LV 25, MC 36. Fouls: LV 22, MC 14. Turnovers: LV 17, MC 21.

Lincolnview 12 10 21 8 - 51

Miller City 18 14 17 15 - 64

The Lincolnview jayvee team is 4-7 after its 49-27 win. The Lancers were led in scoring by sophomores Peter McMaster and Ethan Crow with 16 and 10. Miller City was led by sophomores Jaden Nuveman and Sam Ellerbrock with 8 and 6.

Junior varsity:

Lincolnview 16 12 14 7 - 49

Miller City 4 8 4 11 - 27