Lady Lancers Fall To Toppers, Tigers

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The Lincolnwood-Morrisonville girls basketball team took on a pair of one-loss teams to start the week as they hosted Mt. Pulaski (8-1) on Monday and traveled to Greenfield-Northwestern (5-1) on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

While they weren’t able to hand either team their second loss of the year, it wasn’t for lack of effort.

“We played so hard tonight and I’m so proud of our girls,” Coach Justin Millburg said after Monday’s game. “Mt. Pulaski’s coach wanted to go in and tell the girls that after the game. The kids loved it.”

On Monday in Raymond, the Hilltoppers came out firing  behind the combo of Grace Davis and Riley May. The Mt. Pulaski pair would combine for 30 points in the game (15 apiece), with 16 of those points coming in the first quarter as their team took a 20-4 advantage after eight minutes.

The Hilltoppers continued to light up the nets in the second half, scoring 22 more points, but Lincolnwood nearly doubled their production too, with Avery Pope getting five of the Lancers’ seven points in the quarter.

Pope, who had eight points in the first half, netted four more points in the third quarter to give her 12 points in the game, her fourth double-digit game of the season. 

Pope’s points were half of the third quarter output for the Lancers, who also got four points from Cora Stevens. Lincolnwood also held Mt. Pulaski to eight points as the margin remained at 31 points, the same as it was at halftime.

That lead shrunk slightly in the fourth quarter as Lincolnwood outscored the Toppers 9-5 in the final frame, getting three-pointers from Taryn Millburg and Lilly Terneus and three free throws from Haelee Damm.

Millburg would finish with five points in the game, matching Stevens for the second most on the roster, while Damm and Terneus did all their scoring in the fourth.

Greenfield-Northwestern

On Tuesday, Greenfield-Northwestern did something that no one had been able to do this year so far: hold Avery Pope scoreless.

The Lancers’ top scorer this season, Pope is averaging better than eight points per game, but was held without a field goal in Lincolnwood’s 60-21 loss to the Tigers.

With Pope handcuffed by the Greenfield-Northwestern defense, Haelee Damm did what she could to replace those points and had her best game of the season. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Damm hit a three in the second, two free throws in the third and two two-pointers in the fourth for a season-best nine points, one more than she had scored in the previous eight games combined.

Taryn Millburg also contributed six points with a pair of first half threes, while Amanda Seelbach added four points. Mary Anderson had the other two points for the Lancers, who moved to 1-8 on the year.

The Tigers led 17-3 after one, 39-11 after two and 56-15 after three to set up a running clock. Lincolnwood did outscore the Tigers in the fourth by a six to four margin.

The Lancers will have a week between games as they won’t play again until Dec. 21, when they travel to Williamsville to play the Bullets. Due to construction at Williamsville High School, the game will be played at the Williamsville Junior High School.

Dec. 13 at Raymond

Mt. Pulaski 20 22 8 5 55

Lincolnwood 4 7 8 9 28

Mt. Pulaski (55) - Grace Davis 15, Riley May 15, Je’na Rentmeister 8, Alexis Wade 6, Hailee Daigh 5, Clarissa Turner 4. Totals: 21 7-14 55.

Lincolnwood (28) - Avery Pope 12, Taryn Millburg 5, Cora Stevens 5, Haelee Damm 3, Lilly Terneus 3. Totals: 9 6-10 28.

Three-point field goals: Mt. Pulaski 6 (Davis 2, Rentmeister 2, Daigh 1, Turner 1); Lincolnwood

Records: Mt. Pulaski (8-1); Lincolnwood (1-7).

Dec. 14 at Palmyra

Lincolnwood 3 8 4 6 21

Greenfield-NW 17 22 17 4 60

Lincolnwood (21) - Haelee Damm 9, Taryn Millburg 6, Amanda Seelbach 4, Mary Anderson 2. Totals: 8 2-2 21.

Greenfield-Northwestern (60) - Jealee Clark 12, Naomi Lawson 10, Alexis Pohlman 8, Kylie Kinser 6, Jenna Dickerman 5, Torrie McAdams 5, Claire Woods 4, Faith Rynders 4, Emma Wood 4, Addison Wright 2. Totals: 23 13-16 60. 

Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 3 (Millburg 2, Damm 1); Greenfield-Northwestern 3 (Clark 2, Pohlman 1).

Records: Greenfield-Northwestern (6-1); Lincolnwood (1-8).

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