It was just about everything that Lincolnwood’s four seniors could have wanted from their last home game at the Woodshed on March 12.
In their second to last game of the 2021 season, the Lancers defeated Carlinville 52-33 on senior night, with almost everything going right that possibly could.
Defensively, the Lancers held Carlinville to single digits in both quarters of the second half, limiting the Cavies to 12 points and just three field goals.
Offensively, the shots from deep were falling, with Will Jenkins and Braxton Schmedeke each hitting three treys.
And in the things not seen in the scorebook, Coach Matt Millburg’s team hustled, dove on the floor and did their best to outdo the Cavaliers physically, despite some disparities in size.
The Lancers would trail Carlinville in the first three minutes of the game, but never after Jenkins hit the first of his threes at the 4:50 mark. His trey would spark an 11-4 run that gave Lincolnwood a 6-point advantage with just under a minute to play. Only an Ethen Siglock three with 38 seconds to play would keep the Cavies out of single digits as Lincolnwood led 13-10 after one.
Braxton Schmedeke would get the ball rolling in the second with his first three, but Carlinville answered by going down low to 6’2”, 290-pound Ethan Trimm. Trimm picked up back-to-back buckets to cut the lead to two, then hit a pair of free throws after a Schmedeke basket to keep it there at 18-16 with three minutes left in the half.
That was as close as they would get in the quarter, though, as Cole Sidwell scored to make it a four-point game, followed by back-to-back threes by Jenkins and Schmedeke to up the score to 26-16. Carlinville would get a three by Siglock and a putback at the buzzer by Trimm on an airball to cut into the lead, but Lincolnwood still maintained a 28-21 margin at the break.
The Cavies would be held without a field goal in the first two minutes of the second half.
A free throw by Trimm and a three from Jenkins made the score 30-22 before Ayden Tiburzi pulled Carlinville within five.
The Lancers answered by going on a 10-4 run, with Schmedeke hitting two more threes. Carlinville trailed by as many as 13 in the quarter, but got a two from Alex Strutner with 35 seconds to play to halt a five-minute streak without a field goal and make it 40-29 at the break.
Any hopes of a comeback were quickly dashed by Jenkins and the Lancers as the junior guard put Lincolnwood up 15 with a pair of baskets. Trimm got Carlinville within 11 at 44-33, but five points from Jhadyn Walker and a three from Kaden Weakley slammed the door on the visitors from Macoupin County.
Will Jenkins finished the game with 19, his most against another varsity team this year (he scored 23 against the Lancer JV in the Waverly Tournament). Braxton Schmedeke added in 13 points for his third double-digit game of the season, while Braden Whalen added six.
Jhadyn Walker (five), Cole Sidwell (four) and Devin Brown (two) joined Schmedeke before the game for the senior night ceremony and made the most out of their last game in Raymond.
March 12 at Raymond
Carlinville 10 11 8 4 33
Lincolnwood 13 14 13 12 52
Carlinville (33) - Ethan Trimm 15, Ethen Siglock 9, Aaron Wills 4, Ayden Tiburzi 3, Alex Strutner 2. Totals: 10 10-13 33.
Lincolnwood (52) - Will Jenkins 19, Braxton Schmedeke 13, Braden Whalen 6, Jhadyn Walker 5, Cole Sidwell 4, Kaden Weakley 3, Devin Brown 2. Totals: 22 0-3 52.
Three-point field goals: Carlinville 3 (Siglock 2, Tiburzi 1); Lincolnwood 8 (Schmedeke 3, Jenkins 3, Weakley 1, Walker 1).
Record: Lincolnwood (5-6).
It was far from typical, but the 70th Waverly Holiday Tournament still had its share of memorable moments. For Lincolnwood, the most valuable aspect of the tourney was the opportunity to get back on the court after being quarantined and get more games of varsity competition for both the varsity Lancers and their junior varsity counterparts.
A win in the final game didn’t hurt matters for Lincolnwood either as the varsity came away with a 60-48 victory over North Greene in their tournament finale on March 13 in Franklin.
Threes have been a sizeable part of the Lancers’ success at times this season and it looked as if Saturday might be no different as Braxton Schmedeke and Will Jenkins both hit triples to give the Lancers a 14-8 lead after one.
Those would be the only two three-pointers for Lincolnwood though, as the Lancers found other ways to get points against the Spartans. Schmedeke, Jenkins, Braden Whalen and Cole Sidwell all contributed in the second quarter as the Lancers upped their lead by another four points, making it 27-17 at the break.
The Lincolnwood defense continued to keep the Spartans in first gear to start the second half as they held North Greene to eight points and just three field goals.
On the offensive end, Braden piled up trips to the free-throw line and hit half of his six charity tosses. He’d finish the quarter with five points as the Lancers led 38-25 going into the fourth.
After being held to 25 points in the first three quarters, North Greene threw caution to the wind in the fourth quarter and lit up the scoreboard for 23 points, including 13 from Jacob Suttles.
While Lincolnwood struggled to stop the Spartans, North Greene had just as much trouble with the Lincolnwood attack. The Lancers scored 22 points in the quarter, with Jenkins and Whalen netting eight points each. Whalen went to the free-throw line ten more times in the fourth quarter and finished the game 7-of-16 from the stripe.
The sophomore guard from Morrisonville wound up tying for the team lead in scoring as both he and Jenkins finished with 17 points. Braxton Schmedeke added in ten, while his fellow Morrisonville seniors, Jhadyn Walker and Cole Sidwell, chipped in seven and six. Devin Brown, the fourth of four seniors playing their final game, added in two points, while Zake Guzman finished with one.
The win completed the resurrection of the Lancers, who were 2-4 when they were forced to shut down for two weeks, but managed to make it back to .500 by going 4-2 in their final six games.
On March 10, both Lincolnwood teams were in action as the varsity Lancers took on New Berlin at the Pretzel Dome, while the JV squad faced off against North Greene.
New Berlin only outscored Lincolnwood by four points in the middle two quarters, but held the orange and black to just one field goal in both the first and fourth frames to come away with a 47-24 victory.
Braden Whalen had Lincolnwood’s only bucket in the first as New Berlin jumped out to a 13-2 advantage. The lead would remain 11 points at halftime, with Jhadyn Walker knocking down four points and Will Jenkins hitting a three for seven of the nine points. Whalen had the other two, on free throws, to tie Walker for the team lead in points at the break.
Jenkins would heat up in the third quarter, scoring six points, but New Berlin outscored the Lancers 14-10 to up their lead to 15. Cole Sidwell’s three would be the only basket for the Lancers in the fourth quarter as the Pretzels won by 23 on their home court.
Will Jenkins finished with nine to lead the Lancers, followed by Braden Whalen and Jhadyn Walker with six each and Cole Sidwell with three.
The Lincolnwood JV squad also fell in their Waverly Holiday Tournament game against North Greene in Franklin, but scored more points than their two previous losses in the WHT.
After netting 28 against Calvary and 18 against Lutheran, the younger Lancers scored 41 on Wednesday in Franklin, 21 fewer than the 62 put up by the Spartans.
North Greene gained the bulk of their lead in the first half as they outscored the Lancers 18-7 and 17-10 to take a 35-17 advantage.
Threes from Lincolnwood’s Levi Davis and Vince Edwards, along with four points from Brady Schmedeke, kept North Greene from adding much to their lead as they outscored the Lancers just 12-11.
The triples kept falling in the fourth quarter for the Lancers, with Davis knocking down two and Schmedeke and Ruger Brown adding one each as the JV club again kept pace with the varsity Spartans, who outscored them 15-13.
The loss showed that the team has made improvements and the potential for success is there in the future.
Brady Schmedeke finished with ten points, while Levi Davis added nine and Gabe Armentrout chipped in eight. Vince Edwards (six), Ruger Brown (three), Izayah Matli (two), Trenton Watson (two) and Lance Weitekamp (one) also scored for the Lincolnwood JV squad.
In their tournament finale on March 13, the JV Lancers were finally able to play against another junior varsity squad. They would keep it close with the New Berlin JV (who won a game at the tournament), but would fall 39-30 to the junior Pretzels.
The lessons learned over this week will come in handy next year, when the young Lancers are called upon to play a bigger role on varsity.
March 10 at New Berlin
70th Waverly Holiday Tournament
Lincolnwood 2 9 10 3 24
New Berlin 13 9 14 11 47
Lincolnwood (24) - Will Jenkins 9, Braden Whalen 6, Jhadyn Walker 6, Cole Sidwell 3. Totals: 9 4-6 24.
New Berlin (47) - Dain Richie 11, Duncan Scheidenhelm 10, Will Cummings 8, Kevin Howell 5, Ben Hermes 5, Lucas Bixby 3, Gavin Molloy 3, Gavin Abbott 2. Totals: 17 8-11 47.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 2 (Jenkins 1, Sidwell 1); New Berlin 5 (Scheidenhelm 2, Hermes 1, Molloy 1, Howell 1).
Record: Lincolnwood (4-6).
March 13 at Franklin
70th Waverly Holiday Tournament
Lincolnwood 14 13 11 22 60
North Greene 8 9 8 23 48
Lincolnwood (60) - Braden Whalen 17, Will Jenkins 17, Braxton Schmedeke 10, Jhadyn Walker 7, Cole Sidwell 6, Devin Brown 2, Zake Guzman 1. Totals: 23 12-18 60.
North Greene (48) - Jacob Suttles 19, Reese Scott 11, Michael Wilson 8, Taylor Gaige 7, Blayne Nunes 3. Totals: 16 11-19 48.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 2 (Schmedeke 1, Jenkins 1); North Greene 5 (Suttles 5).
Record: Lincolnwood (6-6).