The Lincolnwood girls basketball team played back-to-back days to start the week as they took on MSM Conference foes South County and Springfield Lutheran on the road.
In the March 1 contest against South County, the host Vipers stymied the Lady Lancers defensively, holding the visitors to just five field goals and a free throw in their 44-11 victory.
South County would get the points they needed in the first quarter as they outscored Lincolnwood 13-5 behind five points from Kenna Bixby, who finished with a game-high 11.
The Lady Lancers got a basket each from Katelyn Payne and Avery Pope, the latter of whom also had a free throw on an old-fashion three-point play. Unfortunately, those would be the only points of the first half as Lincolnwood trailed 26-5 at halftime.
The second half would mirror the first half as Lincolnwood kept it reasonably close in the odd numbered quarter, but were shut out in the even numbered frame.
Payne, Cassie Krager and Cora Stevens all scored two points in the third, while South County got ten, including four from Olivia Crayne.
Up 36-11 going into the fourth, the Vipers would finish off the win with an 8-0 shutout as they picked up the 33-point victory.
Katelyn Payne led Lincolnwood with four points, followed by Avery Pope with three and Cassie Krager and Cora Stevens with two each.
All five of Lincolnwood’s field goals would be of the two-point variety in their loss to South County, while the Lancers would hit five threes on March 2, in their 60-18 loss to Springfield Lutheran.
The Lancers would scatter the threes over three quarters, with the Crusaders shutting out Lincolnwood in the third.
Cassie Krager and Maggie McClelland each hit a triple in the first quarter, which gave Lincolnwood seven points when coupled with a Katelyn Payne free throw. Lutheran countered the combo of Elly Clark and Makenna Cox, who combined for 13 of the Crusaders 23 first quarter points.
Krager would add another three in the second, while Haelee Damm got in on the action for a trey of her own. Again, Lutheran answered, scoring 19 points to take a 41-13 lead at halftime.
Any hopes of a comeback would be dashed in short order in the third as the Crusaders went on a 14-0 run and made it 56-13 with eight minutes to play and a running clock.
The Lancers did outscore Lutheran 5-4 in the fourth quarter, with Damm picking up her second three and all five points, but the damage was done.
Damm would lead the Lancers with eight points, followed by Krager with six, McClelland with three and Payne with one. Elly Clark, Makenna Cox and Delaney Scheidenhelm all had double digits for Lutheran with 15, 12 and 11 respectively.
Now 1-9 on the season, Lincolnwood will look to put together something positive on Friday, March 5, when they travel to Nokomis.
March 1 at Waverly
Lincolnwood 5 0 6 0 11
South County 13 13 10 8 44
Lincolnwood (11) - Katelyn Payne 4, Avery Pope 3, Cassie Krager 2, Cora Stevens 2. Totals: 5 1-1 11.
South County (44) - Kenna Bixby 11, Olivia Crayne 10, Callie Hughes 7, Mollie Allen 4, Maddie Mutch 4, Marissa Heironimus 4, Eden Copelin 2, Emma Points 2. Totals: 16 10-16 44.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 0; South County 2 (Hughes 1, Crayne 1).
March 2 at Springfield
Lincolnwood 7 6 0 5 18
Lutheran 23 19 14 4 60
Lincolnwood (18) - Haelee Damm 8, Cassie Krager 6, Maggie McClelland 3, Katelyn Payne 1. Totals: 5 3-4 18.
Lutheran (60) - Elly Clark 15, Makenna Cox 12, Delaney Scheidenhelm 11, Bianca Adubato 7, Emma Dart 6, Bella Adubato 5, Sienna Senalik 4. Totals: 25 7-11 60.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 5 (Krager 2, Damm 2, McClelland 1); Lutheran 3 (Scheidenhelm 2, Be. Adubato 1).
Record: Lincolnwood (1-9)