|Lancer girls knock off Kalida 45-38|
|Wednesday, January 09, 2013 1:54 PM|
Lincolnview struck early, winning the opening tip before Hannah McCleery properly drove the ball to the basket and got a layup for the first points of the game. Lincolnview got another layup from Claire Dye to push the score to 4-0. The Lady Wildcats got two baskets from Kylie Osterhage but the Lady Lancers countered with two from Kaitlyn Brant to make the score 8-6, Lincolnview. Kalida received two foul shots from Nicole Recker to end the first quarter with the score knotted up at eight.
The Lady Lancers started the second quarter with two layups - one from Katie Dye and one from Kaylee Thatcher - to jump out to a 12-8 lead. Midway through the second, the Lady Wildcats got a basket from Summer Holtkamp to tie the game at 14. The Lancers quickly struck back with three points, including two from Thatcher, before Kalida’s Elizabeth Turnwald put in two foul shots to make the score 17-16, Lady Lancers, at the break.
The Lady Wildcats got their first lead of the night in the second half when Holtkamp scored a layup to put Kalida up 19-18. The game went back-and-forth until the Lady Wildcats buried a 3-pointer to go up 23-19. The Lady Lancers were quick to rally back with six straight points, gaining a 1-point lead when Christine Stemen nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner to send Lincolnview to the fourth quarter with a 28-24 lead.
The Lady Lancers started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run, including another 3-pointer from Stemen, to give Lincolnview a 35-24 lead. With the score 43-30 Lancers, Kalida went on its own run, 8-0 (fueled by an Osterhage 3 and two Recker free throws), to decrease the Lincolnview lead to 43-38 with just 43 seconds left in the game. McCleery and Katie Dye both stepped up to the charity stripe and made clutch foul shots to put the game away.
The Lincolnview defense held the Lady Wildcats to just 21 percent from the field and 15 percent from beyond the arc. The Lady Lancers shot 55 percent from the field and went 2-5 from beyond the arc. Lincolnview won the rebound margin by one, 26-25.
“Christine Stemen comes in and hits two threes; that is huge and that is what we needed on the night. Hannah McCleery did a nice job stepping up into that starte’s role and scored some points and played nice defense like she always does. That’s what good teams do when they lose someone; the rest on the team steps up,” added Williamson.