The Nokomis girls basketball team has had plenty of good performances during their current winning streak, but on Thursday, Dec. 16, everything seemed to click.
The Lady Redskins posted a 58-24 win over Windsor/Stew-Stras (W/S-S) for their 10th win of the year and seventh consecutive victory, putting on an offensive and defensive clinic against the Hatchets.
Nokomis shot 53 percent from the field, going 65 percent from inside the three-point arc (15-of-23) and 40 percent from outside it (8-for-20). Defensively, they were even better, holding W/S-S to single digits in three of the four quarters.
Nokomis outscored the Hatchets for the game with their output in the first half as they outscored W/S-S 13-5 in each of the first two quarters. Addison Dangbar rained down three three-pointers for the Redskins in the first half, while Natalie Engelman added another. Closer to the basket, Audrey Sabol continued her solid season, scoring eight points in the first two quarters.
The third quarter was the Hatchets most successful as they got five points each from Ellie Wittenberg and Ella Kinkelaar in a 12-point frame, but Nokomis countered with 25 of their own and led 51-22 after three quarters. Natalie Engelman and Sabol led the way with six points each in the third, but six different players scored to blow the game wide open.
Nokomis would tack on seven more points in the fourth quarter, getting four off the bench from Lizzy Hill, as they picked up their 10th win of the season.
Audrey Sabol led Nokomis in scoring with 15 points, while also grabbing 10 rebounds. That output gave the junior forward her fifth double-double of the season and upped her totals to 234 points and 114 rebounds on the year thus far.
Addison Dangbar added in 12 points, going 4-for-10 from behind the three-point line, while Natalie Engelman added nine, hitting three of her seven three-point attempts. Hailey Engelman added seven points and seven rebounds, while Emma Sneddon had six points, six rebounds and a team-best five assists. Emily Cress and Lizzy Hill rounded out the scoring with five and four points respectively.
After dispatching the Hatchets on Thursday, the Redskins posted an even more decisive victory on Saturday, Dec. 18, as they defeated Mt. Olive 62-20 on the Wildcats’ home court.
The Skins weren’t as sharp from three-point range as they were on Thursday, but were nearly as good from inside the arc, shooting 60 percent.
Nokomis outscored the over-matched Wildcats for the game with their points from the first quarter as they netted 24 in the first eight minutes. Seven different players scored in the quarter, with Audrey Sabol leading the way with eight points.
The Redskins tacked on 11 more points to their lead in the second quarter, getting eight points from Emma Sneddon to go up 42-13 at halftime.
Both Sneddon and Sabol continued to score for Coach Brandon Engelman’s club in the third, with Sabol adding seven and Sneddon adding four to their point totals, which increased to 17 and 14 respectively.
With the mercy rule in effect as the Redskins led 55-17 with one quarter to play, Becca Hill, Carley King and Lizzy Hill all scored in the final frame to finish off Nokomis’ eighth straight victory after starting the season 3-3.
Ten different players scored for Nokomis, with Sabol and Sneddon leading the way. Hailey Engelman and Natalie Engelman added six apiece, followed by Addison Dangbar, Lizzy Hill and Emily Cress with four each, Becca Hill with three and Carley King and Cydney Bertolino with two apiece.
Bertolino led the team in rebounds with four, while Natalie Engelman paced the team in assists with six. Defensively, Nokomis had 23 steals, led by Sneddon with seven.
The Redskins will be off for Christmas, but will restart their season on Monday, Dec. 27, at the Carlinville Holiday Tournament against the hosts. The second seed overall and top seed in the green pool, Nokomis will then play Gillespie at noon on Dec. 28, followed by a showdown with third seeded Greenfield-Northwestern on Dec. 29. The medal round takes place on Dec. 30, with cross over games against the red pool, which consists of South County, Williamsville, Calhoun and Lincolnwood.
Dec. 16 at Strasburg
Nokomis 13 13 25 7 58
W/S-S 5 5 12 2 24
Nokomis (58) - Audrey Sabol 15, Addison Dangbar 12, Natalie Engelman 9, Hailey Engelman 7, Emma Sneddon 6, Emily Cress 5, Lizzy Hill 4. Totals: 27 4-14 58.
Windsor/Stew-Stras (24) - Ella Kinkelaar 9, Samantha Hayes 8, Ellie Wittenberg 5, Ava Richards 2. Totals: 9 5-12 24.
Three-point field goals: Stew-Stras 1 (Wittenberg 1); Nokomis 8 (Dangbar 4, N. Engelman 3, Cress 1).
Records: Nokomis (10-3), Windsor/Stew-Stras (4-8).
December 18 at Mt. Olive
Nokomis 24 18 13 7 62
Mt. Olive 6 7 4 3 20
Nokomis (62) - Audrey Sabol 17, Emma Sneddon 14, Hailey Engelman 6, Natalie Engelman 6, Addison Dangbar 4, Emily Cress 4, Lizzy Hill 4, Becca Hill 3, Carley King 2, Cydney Bertolino 2. Totals: 27-61 7-8 62.
Mt. Olive (20) - Ellie Borrowman 7, Samantha Roeske 6, Staley Schoen 2, Sarah Korunka 2, Lili Readenour 2, Aurianna Henke 1. Totals: 9 2-3 20.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 1 (B. Hill 1), Mt. Olive 0.
Record: Nokomis (11-3, 3-0); Mt. Olive (0-6, 0-2).
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