|Lancers earn 17th win of campagne 68-53|
|Friday, February 15, 2013 1:40 PM|
After Lincolnview clinched its 17th win of the season with a 68-53 victory Thursday night on Senior Night in the season finale against Spencerville, it’s safe to say that goal has been achieved.
“Just to see the girls be rewarded for their hard work over the last couple of years (is great); they’ve been through a lot of injuries and ups-and-downs on and off the floor. To have them be rewarded in this fashion is awesome; they deserve it and, hopefully, we can get a couple of wins in the tournament,” said Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson.
The Lancers (17-5, 7-2) shot an impressive 51 percent (29-of-57) from the field Thursday night, 50 percent (4-of-8) from behind the arc.
Lincolnview senior guard Claire Dye led all scorers in her final regular-season game for the Lady Lancers with 21 points. She hit three 3-pointers on the evening, two of which helped turn the tide in their favor.
With Lincolnview leading by two, 24-22, late in the third, Dye hit a three to give the Lady Lancers a 5-point lead and sparked a 9-2 rally, which included another Dye trey, to close the half and give Lincolnview a 33-24 lead at the break.
“Claire Dye has shot the ball well all season and she’s a big reason why we were able to get the win tonight,” explained Williamson. “As well as she shot the ball from the outside, we were kind of struggling offensively, not really finding our way yet, when she hit that first (three). She’s very streaky; when she hits one, she’s going to hit two or three.”
Spencerville (3-19, 1-8) narrowed the deficit to as few as five points, 37-32, in the second half but the Lady Lancers pulled away by continuously breaking the Lady Bearcat press.
Despite the miscues, including 21 turnovers, Pughsley was happy with the effort he saw from his team, which continues to get healthier as the tournament nears.
“I thought our girls played really hard against a good team and against a team in which you can see the level of experience they have… Overall, I was happy with our effort. I think three of our last four games have been like that, so I think we’re prepared for the tournament,” the Lady Bearcar coach explained.
For Lincolnview, Dye was joined by her sister and the team’s leading scorer, senior guard Katie Dye, in double figures, with 11 points. Fellow senior, center Kaitlyn
Brant, chipped in 12 points, as did sophomore guard Julia Thatcher.
Senior center Abby Freewalt led the Lady Bearcats with 15 points. Freewalt has been consistent for a team battling inconsistency due to injuries.
“She has been hurt all year; she has had a nerve issue and a hip issue since tryouts. She’s been playing through it,” Pughsley described of Freewalt. “She’s one of the only four (players) who has played in every game. She works hard. Sometimes we sit her out of practice when she’s really hurting but even then she doesn’t like to.
Her sacrifices this year, we talked about it at senior night, don’t go unnoticed.”
Someone else who doesn’t go unnoticed for Spencerville is the only other senior, guard Alyssa Mulholland, who has also battled adversity this season.
“Alyssa had a concussion and her mother was diagnosed with cancer. It’s been like an emotional roller-coaster but the only practices she missed were the ones we told her to miss when her mom was having surgery and she had the concussion. Other than that, she’s been there,” Pughsley added.
Sophomore goard Schylar Miller had 10 points for the Lady Bearcats, sophomore guard Emilee Meyer had 10 and Mulholland added seven.
The teams could meet again very soon. Spencerville opens tournament play at Van Wert next Tuesday against Jefferson; Lincolnview awaits the winner.