|First half lifts Lancers by Lady ’Cats|
|Friday, January 18, 2013 1:47 PM|
It was originally scheduled for Jefferson High School but a water problem forced the game location to be moved. The Lady Lancers started the game on a 16-2 run before Jefferson was forced to burn a timeout to try to end Lincolnview’s momentum. The Lancers used six points from Claire Dye and four points from Katie Dye and Kaylee Thatcher to jump out to the huge lead. Out of the timeout, the Lady Wildcats got two foul shots from Jasmine McDougall and one from Rileigh Stockwell to put the score at the end of the first stanza at 16-5, Lincolnview.
Lincolnview went on another large spurt in the second period — 16-5 — despite five points from Brooke Hesseling. The visitors got six points from Kaitlyn Brant to push the lead to 32-10. After Jefferson’s Hannah Sensibaugh nailed a 3-pointer, Lincolnview scored the final six points of the half to push the lead to 38-13 at the break.
The Lady Wildcats started the third quarter with a 10-6 run, getting four points from Stockwell and Brooke Culp, to cut the Lady Lancer lead to 44-23. Both teams battled for the rest of the quarter but a late basket by Julia Thatcher sent the Lady Lancers into the fourth quarter with a 50-27 lead.
The Lady Wildcats went on a huge run of their own to start the fourth quarter when they outscored Lincolnview 14-2 to cut the visitor lead to 52-41, paced by four points from Culp and Gabby Pimpas. Lincolnview countered with a 10-3 run, including four from Claire Dye, to salt the game away.
The Lady Wildcats got 11 points from Culp and eight points from Pimpas.
“We need to do a better job defensively and put some pressure on the ball. We gave them a lot of wide-open shots, which they hit, and they are a good shooting team,” Wildcat mentor Dave Hoffman said. “During the second half, we picked up the intensity and forced some turnovers. We get some better shots for ourselves and got better ball movement and were able to knock down some shots. I’m very pleased with our intensity in the second half; we got in their face and didn’t let them have the open shot.”
Lincolnview had four players in double figures, including Claire Dye with a game-high 18 points. Katie Dye added 16, Brant 12 and Kaylee Thatcher 10 for a very balanced scoring night.
“(During) the first half, I thought we played as well as we have all season at both ends of the floor. We were executing offensively, knocking down shots,” Lancer head man Dan Williamson said. “Defensively, we did a good job of rebounding and forcing turnovers. During the second half, we talked about keeping that focus and intensity; we just didn’t do it that third quarter. They came out and they attacked us and they finally started making shots to get back in the game. It’s tough to keep that intensity when you are up by a wide margin; we just need to work on that.”
The Lady Wildcats drop to 1-4 in the NWC and 4-11 overall. They host Wayne Trace Tuesday.
With the win, the Lady Lancers improve to 3-2 in NWC play and 11-4 overall. They entertain LCC Thursday.