|Cougars hold off Lancer rally|
|Friday, January 04, 2013 1:57 PM|
After trailing much of the second half, including a deficit as large as 10, Lincolnview clawed its way back in the contest late.
A layup from senior post Kaitlyn Brant tied the game at 43 with 55 seconds to play in the game. Then things got interesting.
On the ensuing Van Wert possession, the ball got knocked loose and several members of each team scuffled for the ball. Van Wert was awarded a timeout and the ball but Lady Lancer sophomore guard Julia Thatcher had a tooth knocked out and had to exit the game.
Van Wert’s Erin Morrow was fouled with 10 seconds to play on the other end and hit both of her free throws to tie the game at 45. Shortly after the Lincolnview in-bounds play, sophomore guard Alexa Dunlap got a steal which resulted in sophomore forward Alexis Dowdy being fouled with 3.1 seconds to play. Dowdy made both free throws and the Lady Cougars held on the final three seconds for a 47-45 win.
Lincolnview took a 15-10 lead after a quarter of play, thanks to 7-of-14 shooting and five points from senior guard Claire Dye.
The difference in the game might have been the middle two quarters, where the Van Wert offense was good but the defense was better, holding Lincolnview to 1-of-10 shooting in the second quarter and 1-of-6 shooting in the third.
“The shots that we did get early in the game, we couldn’t connect,” said Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson.
Despite shooting 10 percent in the second quarter, the Lady Lancers held a 23-20 lead at the break. When the slump continued into the second half, however, Van Wert took their lead.
“We didn’t play well in the first half and we were fortunate to have a 3-point lead going into halftime,” explained Williamson. “They were killing us on the offensive boards. I think they ended up with 11. It’s tough to win when you give up that many second chances.”
Van Wert got 10 points from Dunlap alone in the third - to Lincolnview’s six collectively - and ran its advantage to 34-24 in the stanza before their lead dwindled to 36-29 by the start of the fourth.
“She’s probably been our most consistent player,” described Moonshower of Dunlap, who had 15 points and three steals on the night. “Game-in, game-out, she’s very solid. Tonight she really stepped up defensively - used her athleticism. She’s probably the fastest girl on the court and really used that to her advantage.”
The Lincolnview offense awakened in the fourth, shooting 5-of-9 from the field. Down 43-35 halfway through the fourth, Katie Dye hit a jump shot and converted a layup to shrink the Van Wert lead to four.
After two Brant layups, the game was tied at 43.
“We didn’t change anything we were dong offensively (going into the fourth),” said Williamson. “We started attacking the basket a little bit more. ... Our defensive picked up as well, which is a key for us.”
Unfortunately for the Lady Lancers, Van Wert went 3-of-6 in the final frame to escape with the win.
Despite the loss, the comeback wasn’t lost on Williamson: “I’ve got to give our girls a lot of credit. Being down, we battled back and got the lead. We had a chance to get a shot at the end and they just made a nice defensive play. That’s how it goes sometimes.
The stats, like the score, were relatively close. The Lady Lancers outshot the Cougars 37.5 percent (15-of-40) to 36 percent (16-of-45). The Lady Lancers went 13-of-16 from the line to 14-of-19 for Van Wert.
Van Wert, however, pulled down 30 rebounds to Lincolview’s 16 - despite turning the ball over 20 times to Lincolnview’s 18.
“We needed something to get our momentum going in the right direction and I think the last two wins show the girls that we can win, we can play basketball. We just need to go out there and do what we need to do,” added Moonshower.
The Lady Lancers were led by Katie Dye, who notched 16 points. Julia Thatcher and Claire Dye each added 10.