By Charlie Warnimont
MILLER CITY — Lincolnview had the early edge on Miller City Saturday night. That was before the Wildcats found their touch from three-point range.
Miller City canned 10 three-pointers in the middle two quarters that gave them control of their non-league contest with the Lancers in posting a 68-52 win at the J. Harry Leopold Gymnasium. Miller City improved to 7-4 on the season, while Lincolnview dropped to 6-4.
The Wildcats had a great night shooting as they were 23-of-37 overall (62 percent), which included an 11-of-15 night shooting from three-point range (73 percent). The Lancers were 20-of-51 (39 percent) overall as they were 5-of-19 shooting from three-point range.
“We shot real well from the outside and that really made a big difference in the game,” Miller City coach Bryan Kuhlman said. “That is one thing we had been struggling with the last couple of games, recognizing when we were open and tonight we did a better job of seeing when we were open and taking that shot. Tonight we knocked it down.”
Miller City opened the scoring on a basket by Cory Heuerman before the Lancers went on a 12-2 run to take a 12-4 lead. Justis Dowdy sparked the Lincolnview run scoring seven straight points starting with a conventional three-point play. Austin Leeth added a basket and Kyle Williams canned a three-pointer for the eight point lead. Heuerman scored the Wildcats lone points during the run.
The Wildcats ended the opening quarter with a 7-2 run that included their only three-pointer of the quarter, by Adam Niese, as the Lancers had a 14-11 lead after eight minutes.
The second quarter saw the Wildcats heat up from the outside as they canned six three-pointers with Jackson Lammers draining three of them.
Down three points after eight minutes, the Wildcats took lead on a basket by Adam Drummelsmith and a three-pointer by Adam Niese. Leeth tied the game at 16 with a basket before Heuerman knocked down a three-pointer that gave Miller City the lead for good. Chandler Adams scored for Lincolnview before Jackson Lammers knocked down his first three-pointer of the night.
After a second Adams basket, Drummelsmith hit a free throw for Miller City before Kyle Williams tied the game with a three-pointer at 23-23. Miller City answered back with a 6-2 run as Lammers knocked down two three-pointers around an Adams basket. Another Adams basket made the score 29-27 before Drummelsmith closed the half with a personal 5-0 run, which included a three-pointer.
“We knew they had some good shooters and we gave up some easy ones that gave them some confidence,” Lincolnview coach Brett Hammons said. “You have to give them credit, they made shots and we didn’t. They were getting threes and hitting them and we were getting layups and missing them. We have to learn that when teams go on runs we can’t force things, run our stuff and get shots. They were some possessions we did that, but when a team shoots 75 percent from three and 62 percent for the game you can’t expect to win.”
Miller City opened the third quarter with three-pointers from Heuerman and Niese that gave them a 40-27 lead. The Lancers struggled to score in the third quarter as they scored only two points in the first 3:30 of the quarter. The Wildcats lead grew to 19 points at 52-33 with a 7-0 run as Jacob Gerten canned the Wildcats final three-pointer of the night, while Niese had four points.
“Our game plan was to attack them on the inside, because we needed their big guys out of the game,” Kuhlman said. “It worked out for us as we were able to get a few fouls. They had to change their personnel and when we hit those outside shots it gave our guys some momentum and we carried through with it the rest of the game.”
Heuerman led the Wildcats with 17 points, while Niese had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Lammers finished with 13 points and Drummelsmith 11.
Williams led the Lancers with 12 points, Dowdy had 11 and Adams finished with 10 points. Hayden Ludwig had nine rebounds for Lincolnview and Leeth had four assists.
Lincolnview won the junior varsity game 46-35 as they hit several free throws in the final two minutes to hold off the Wildcats.
Lincolnview won the JV contest, 46-35.
Score by quarters
Lincolnview 14 13 11 14 – 52
Miller City 11 23 20 14 – 68
McCleery 5, Williams 12, Farmer 6, Dowdy 11, Ludwig 4, Leeth 4, Adams 10
Miller City (68)
M. Lammers 2, J. Lammers 13, Gerten 2, Heuerman 17, Drummelsmith 11, Niese 16