Lincolnview junior Claire Clay takes a jumper during the Lady Lancers’ 56-45 loss to Fairlawn on Friday afternoon at the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament held at Parkway. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Jim Metcalfe
ROCKFORD — In the opener of the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament, Lincolnview’s girls struggled from the floor, making just 15-of-54 shots including 4-of-20 from three-point range, in their 56-45 loss to Fairlawn.
“For the most part, I liked the shots we were getting; we just couldn’t get them to fall. That sometimes happens in high school basketball,” Lancer head coach Dan Williamson said. “They shot decent. We struggled to contain number 12 (Audrey Francis) and number 5 (Abbie Roe) and that was enough with the way we were shooting.”
It began early as they canned on a mere 1-of-12 shots against the Lady Jets in the first period. Fortunately for the Lancers, the Jets weren’t much better at 3-of-11. Thus, the biggest lead was 7-3 on a drive by Roe at 2:15. When Lincolnview senior Christine Stemen hit two from the line at 1:46, the first-period scoring ended 7-5, Fairlawn.
The second period heated up on both ends as they split the quarter 16-16. Lincolnview started to get more balanced scoring against the Jets’ man-to-man and 3-2 zone defenses — hitting 7-of-12 — while the Jets were 5-of-7 against the Lancer combination of defenses. Fairlawn was also 4-of-7 at the line as the thin Lancers, who were only playing seven girls, started to get into some foul woes. The Lancers took a 13-11 edge on a basket by Julia Thatcher with five minutes showing but the Jets took it right back on a three-point play by Olivia Tyler. They led the rest of the half, but a horn-beating 19-footer by freshman Katie McClure got the Lancers within 23-21.
The lead was up for grabs most of the third period as there were four lead changes in the first 4:45. The final one was when Francis hit two singles at 3:15 that gave the Jets the lead for good at 32-31. That started a 7-0 mini-spurt to give the Jets a 37-31 cushion on a Francis drive, but two Stemen foul shots at 1:01 reduced that to 37-33.
The Jets scored the first basket of the fourth on a put-back by Tyler on the first possession and the Lancers’ shooting touch went awry just when they needed to get hot. A 3-of-18 performance kept them from making a serious rally.
“The one thing I was most disappointed in was our rebounding, which is all effort plays. I felt we matched up well with them up front, so that was a bit disheartening,” Williamson added. “Whether it was long bounces off missed shots or not boxing out or poor positioning, I don’t know, but I know we need to come back here tomorrow and give a better overall effort.”
Score by Quarters:
Lincolnview 5 16 12 12 - 45
Fairlawn 7 16 14 19 - 56
Ashton Bowersock 2-2-6, Claire Clay 1-1-3, Katlyn Wendel 1-0-2, Katie McClure 1-2-4, Julia Thatcher 4-1-12, Hannah McCleery 3-0-6, Christine Stemen 3-5-12. Totals 11-4-11/16-45.
Brittany Hughes 0-0-0, Kelsey Oates 3-0-7, Abbie Roe 8-3-20, Olivia Tyler 2-1-5, Audrey Francis 5-12-24, Allison Watkins 0-0-0, Cheyenne Driskell 0-0-0, Madison Tyler 0-0-0, Mollie Roe 0-0-0, Kaitlynn Morrison 0-0-0, Megan Dudgeon 0-0-0. Totals 14-4-16/27-56.
Three-point goals: Lincolnview, Thatcher 3, Stemen; Fairlawn, Francis 2, Oates, A. Roe.