Indians Surge Past Nokomis At Litchfield

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With 11 of their 12 players sophomores or younger, it’s easy to look at the Carlyle Indians and think that they could be good in the future. On Monday in Litchfield, Nokomis found out that the future might be right now.

The Carlyle girls hit nine threes and outscored the Redskins 20-5 on Nov. 22, to move to 2-0 in the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament with a 63-41 win over Nokomis.

The final margin wasn’t indicative of how the game went as a whole, as Nokomis  led by four late in the third quarter, before Carlyle rallied to hold a 43-36 lead going into the final frame.

The third quarter helped the Redskins recover from a 19-9 disadvantage in the second quarter after the two teams were neck and neck in the first.

The fourth quarter was all Carlyle, though, as freshman Lera Schmeink went off for all nine of her points in the final eight minutes. Schmeink is one of eight freshmen on the roster and one of five who scored in the game, accounting for 46 of the Indians’ 63 points.

Carlyle was clicking on the defensive end too, as they held Nokomis to just five points in the fourth and forced the Redskins into 27 turnovers in the game. The turnovers and the Indians’ hot hand were too much to overcome for Nokomis, who moved to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Litchfield Tournament.

Audrey Sabol led Nokomis with 10 points and eight rebounds, while also pacing the Redskins in steals with four of the team’s 12.

Natalie Engelman added in nine points, including a pair of threes, while Addison Dangbar also had two threes to account for her six points. Hailey Engelman had six points as well and led Nokomis in assists with five. Emma Sneddon (4), Emily Cress (4) and Carley King (2) rounded out the scoring for Nokomis.

Carlyle was led by freshman Sophia Hoffman, who had five threes and all 18 of her points in the first half. Sophomore Emma Meyer added 15 points, while Raelyn Harris hit three threes and matched Schmeink with nine points.

Nokomis still has a chance to win the tournament at Litchfield, but they’ll need some help the rest of the way out. The Redskins were off on Nov. 23, but play Litchfield on Nov. 26 and Staunton on Nov. 27. Nokomis beat the host Purple Panthers 52-20 in the opening game of the season, while Staunton won their first game of the Litchfield Tournament on Nov. 22, with a 49-29 win over Southwestern.

Nov. 22 at Litchfield

Litchfield Thanksgiving Tourney

Nokomis 12 9 15 5 41

Carlyle 13 19 11 20 63

Nokomis (41) - Audrey Sabol 10, Natalie Engelman 9, Hailey Engelman 6, Addison Dangbar 6, Emma Sneddon 4, Emily Cress 4, Carley King 2. Totals: 13-41 11-14 41.

Carlyle (63) - Sophia Hoffman 18, Emma Meyer 15, Raelyn Harris 9, Lera Schmeink 9, Jacie Persing 8, Natalie Himes 2, KJ Meyer 2. Totals: 25 4-8 63.

Three-point field goals: Nokomis 4-13 (N. Engelman 2, Dangbar 2); Carlyle 9 (Hoffman 5, Harris 3, Schmeink 1).

Records: Nokomis (2-2); Carlyle (2-0).

Nov. 22 at Litchfield

Litchfield Thanksgiving Tourney

Staunton 13 5 14 17 49

Southwestern 5 9 10 5 29

Staunton (49) - Haris Legendre 17, Lilly Bandy 11, Ele Feldmann 9, Brooke Kinder 4, Lilly Troeckler 3, Evin Frank 2, Savannah Billings 2, Grace Bekeske 1. Totals: 17 (12-15) 49.

Southwestern (29) - Morgan Durham 8, Hannah Nixon 7, Tristan Ditterline 5, MaCaylin Day 4, Whitney Keith 3, Callie Stormer 2. Totals: 10 (5-6) 29.

Three-point field goals: Staunton 3 - (Troeckler 1, Legendre 1, Bandy 1); Southwestern - 4 (Durham 2, Nixon 1, Keith 1).

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