By John Parent
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
ADA — Sometimes there are games that just get away from a team. Thursday night at Ada High School, the Lincolnview Lady Lancers ran into one of those games.
“For whatever reason, and I don’t know what that is, we just didn’t have it tonight and they did,” said Lincolnview head coach Dan Williamson following the 49-25 Ada victory. “The final score is pretty indicative of that.”
The Lady Lancers (8-12 overall, 2-5 Northwest Conference) struggled through a sloppy first quarter, but emerged with a 7-5 lead. Lincolnview held an advantage on the scoreboard despite committing nine turnovers in the opening period. That lead reached as high as 12-8 before the wheels came off.
“We couldn’t make shots. Their pressure affected us a lot more than I though it would. We weren’t able to get the shots that we wanted to get, and when we did, they didn’t fall,” Williamson added.
The Lady Bulldogs used their height advantage to see over the Lincolnview pressure and break the press. That same advantage helped Ada (8-9, 3-4 NWC) wreak havoc on the Lancers. Often, Ada was playingb three and four girls above the free throw line in their 2-3 zone that extended to a half-court trap.
“We worked on it in practice as much as we could. We talked about where we wanted them to be on the floor, the cuts that we wanted them to make, but we just didn’t get the looks,” Williamson continued. “Their size and their length up top definitely gave us some trouble. We weren’t making the passes that we needed to make.”
“We gotta give all the credit to Ada. They did what they needed to do.”
The Bulldogs closed the first half on a 14-0 run over the final 4:56 of the second quarter and took a 22-12 lead into halftime. At that point, the lead already felt insurmountable. Things would quickly go from bad to worse in the third quarter.
Ada rattled off the first 10 points of the period as Lincolnview didn’t get on the board until Grace Gorman knocked down a baseline jumper with 2:31 showing on the clock. That hoop broke a scoreless drought of 10:25 of game action.
There weren’t many areas that Ada didn’t dominate on Thursday night. The BUlldogs shot 19-for-38 (50 percent) from the field to Lincolnview’s 10-for-32 (31 percent). Ada out-rebounded the Lancers 18-15, was better from the free throw line and from beyond the arc.
Most decisively, Ada forced 25 Lancer turnovers while committing just 12 themselves.
Williamson knows there is little that can be taken from a game like this near the end of the season.
“That’s what we talked about in there: there is no point in worrying about it and thinking about it all the time, we just gotta come back tomorrow in practice and get better, and hopefull get healthy.”
“We have two regular season games left, and for us to get to 10 wins, that would be really big,” Williamson continued. “That’d be great for our confidence going into the tournament. Playing St. John’s again (in the sectional), we’ll definitely need to be up for that game.”
Score by quarters
Lincolnview 7 5 2 11- 25
Ada 5 17 16 11- 49
Wendel 0, Longwell 0, Gorman 2, Thatcher 8, Bowersock 8, Stemen 5, McCleery 2
Walden 7, T. Wyss 10, H. Wyss 7, Marshall 4, Wildman 1, Faine 5, Archer 4, Amburgey 10