The Nokomis Lady Redskins rolled to a pair of victories in their first two games at the Carlinville Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28, but an equally hot Greenfield-Northwestern squad kept the Lady Redskins from their hopes of a shot at a tournament title in the pool play finale on Dec. 29.
In the Redskins’ opening game on Dec. 27, they defeated Carlinville 33-21, leading from the 6:53 mark of the first quarter until the final horn.
Nokomis jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter, getting six points from Audrey Sabol and two from Carley King. Carlinville finally got on the board with 61 seconds to play, but Hailey Engelman hit a three in the final 30 seconds to boost the Nokomis lead up to 11-2.
Neither team scored much in the second frame, with Nokomis held to just two points from Engelman. Isabella Tiburzi had all of Carlinville’s points, dropping in five as Nokomis held a 13-7 lead after two quarters of play.
The six point halftime deficit would be as close as Carlinville would get the rest of the way out as Nokomis went on a 12-1 run to start the second half.
Carlinville would outscore the Redskins 6-2 in the final 60 seconds, but Nokomis still held a 27-14 lead going into the fourth.
The two teams would be held scoreless for the first two and a half minutes of the final frame, before Jill Stayton hit a three to get Carlinville within 10. The two teams would trade baskets, but Nokomis hit 4-of-6 free throws in the final 64 seconds to salt away the victory.
Audrey Sabol led all scorers with 14 points, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Hailey Engelman added 10 points and three assists, matching Emma Sneddon for the team lead. Sneddon also led the Redskins in steals with four.
In addition to the two in double digits, Nokomis also got three from Natalie Engelman, two from Addison Dangbar, two from Carley King and two from Emily Cress.
In their second game at Carlinville, on Dec. 28, the Redskins got 26 points and 12 rebounds from Audrey Sabol in a 54-25 victory over Gillespie.
Sabol had seven points in the first, nine points in the second, five points in the third and five points in the fourth for her 26 points, which tied her season-best.
Like they did against Carlinville, Nokomis came out hot, leading 15-4 after eight minutes, and never let up. The Redskins outscored Gillespie 12-7 in the second quarter and 13-4 in the third to take a 40-15 lead into the fourth. The Miners would have their most productive quarter, scoring 10 points, but Nokomis added 14 more and finished off the 29-point win.
Hailey Engelman added eight points, four rebounds and four steals for Nokomis, who upped their win streak to 10 games with the victory. Grace DeWerff chipped in six points, all in the fourth quarter, while Emma Sneddon and Addison Dangbar had five and four respectively. Natalie Engelman finished with three points and a team-best four assists, while Emily Cress rounded out the scoring with two points.
Wednesday’s pool play finale was a battle between two unbeatens in pool play as the Redskins took on Greenfield-Northwestern, who had won their first two games by 17 over Gillespie and eight over Carlinville.
After starting strong all week, the Redskins found themselves behind in the first quarter for the first time as the Tigers used a strong start to hold on for a 46-37 win and a spot in Thursday’s championship game.
Greenfield-Northwestern, who is 10-1 per MaxPreps (with a few gaps in their schedule), outscored the Redskins 13-5 in the first quarter, then added four more points to their lead in the second to make it 28-16 at the break.
Nokomis outscored the Tigers in both the third and fourth quarters, but could only shave three points off the lead as they finished pool play with a 2-1 mark.
Greenfield-Northwestern was led by Alexis Pohlman, who had 23 points in the win. Pohlman had three of the Tigers’ four three-pointers, compared to just one three by the Redskins.
Addison Dangbar had Nokomis’ lone three and finished with 11 points. Hailey Engelman also had 11 points for the Redskins, while Audrey Sabol chipped in seven, marking just the second time this season the junior forward hasn’t finished in double figures.
Emma Sneddon and Emily Cress rounded out the scoring with five and three points as Nokomis lost their first game since Nov. 27, and moved to 13-4 on the season.
The Redskins will look to start a new streak on Dec. 30, when they take on South County in the third place game at 3 p.m. in Carlinville. The Vipers, Williamsville and Calhoun all finished 2-1 in pool play in the Red Pool, with the final pecking order determined by free throw percentage.
Dec. 27 at Carlinville
Carlinville Holiday Tournament
Nokomis 11 2 14 6 33
Carlinville 2 5 7 9 21
Nokomis (33) - Audrey Sabol 14, Hailey Engelman 10, Natalie Engelman 3, Addison Dangbar 2, Carley King 2, Emily Cress 2. Totals: 12 8-11 33.
Carlinville (21) - Isabella Tiburzi 10, Jill Stayton 7, Jordyn Loveless 2, Braley Wiser 2. Totals: 9 2-7 21.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 1 (H. Engelman 1); Carlinville 1 (Stayton 1).
Dec. 28 at Carlinville
Carlinville Holiday Tournament
Nokomis 15 12 13 14 54
Gillespie 4 7 4 10 25
Nokomis (54) - Audrey Sabol 26, Hailey Engelman 8, Grace DeWerff 6, Emma Sneddon 5, Addison Dangbar 4, Natalie Engelman 3, Emily Cress 2. Totals: 20 13-18 54.
Gillespie (25) - Madison Niemeyer 14, Mia Brawner 6, Regan Bussmann 3, Erika Gill 2. Totals: 8 9-10 25.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 1 (N. Engelman 1); Gillespie 0.
Dec. 29 at Carlinville
Carlinville Holiday Tournament
Nokomis 5 11 10 11 37
Greenfield-NW 13 15 9 9 46
Nokomis (37) - Hailey Engelman 11, Addison Dangbar 11, Audrey Sabol 7, Emma Sneddon 5, Emily Cress 3. Totals: 11 14-19 37.
Greenfield-Northwestern (46) - Alexis Pohlman 23, Kylie Kinser 12, Torrie McAdams 5, Jenna Dickerman 4, Naomi Lansaw 2. Totals: 16 10-15 46.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 1 (Dangbar 1); Greenfield-Northwestern 4 (Pohlman 3, McAdams 1).
Records: Nokomis (13-4); Greenfield-Northwestern (10-1).
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