The Lincolnwood High School girls basketball team opened up their season on Monday, Nov. 15, in Bunker Hill as the Lancers took on the Minutemaids.
After picking up the program’s first win since 1985 last season, and their first since restarting the program in 2019, Lincolnwood was hoping to start things off on a positive note. They would do that with a close game, but Bunker Hill would manage to pull out a 27-20 victory on their home court.
The hosts would score the first three points of the game on a free throw and a field goal, but Avery Pope cut the Bunker Hill margin to one with the Lancers’ first points, two free throws with 3:59 to play.
The Minutemaids would get those two points back late in the quarter and held a 5-2 lead after eight minutes.
The advantage would grow to five in the early going of the second quarter off a pair of free throws, but Taryn Millburg knocked down the first of her two threes to bring Lincolnwood within two.
The two teams would trade points, with Bunker Hill holding an 11-6 lead late in the quarter. With less than five seconds showing on the clock, Pope found herself wide open from three and converted the triple to make it 11-9 at the half, with Bunker Hill still clinging to their lead.
Pope came up big to start the second half as well, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back up to tie the game at 11-11 just 18 seconds into the third quarter.
Bunker Hill would rally, though, scoring the next nine points to take a 20-11 lead, their largest of the game, with 2:35 to play in the quarter.
Millburg stopped the streak with her second three of the contest a minute later and Pope knocked down another three-pointer with seven seconds left to draw Lincolnwood within three going into the final quarter.
Down 20-17, the Lancers looked to capitalize on the momentum from the two threes at the end of the third quarter. Instead, Bunker Hill came out with the first points of the fourth, upping their lead to five with a putback on an offensive rebound.
Pope cut the lead to 22-18 with 6:13 to play, but Bunker Hill got the point back 30 seconds later to re-up their lead to five. A heads-up play by Amanda Seelbach to grab an offensive rebound and go back to the hoop got Lincolnwood within three at the midway point of the quarter, but Bunker Hill would score the final four points of the game and escape with the seven-point win.
Pope would lead Lincolnwood with 11 points, followed by Millburg with six and Seelbach with two. Lilly Terneus also hit a free throw for her first high school points. The Lancers hit four threes and were 4-for-10 from the free-throw line. Defensively, only three players scored for the Minutemaids, with Makenna Wilkinson tying Pope for the game-high with 11.
The Lancers will be at home for the first time this season on Thursday, Nov. 18, as they host the Gillespie Miners. Augusta Southeastern will also make the trip to the Woodshed in Raymond this week, coming to town on Friday, Nov. 19.
Nov. 15 at Bunker Hill
Lincolnwood 2 7 8 3 20
Bunker Hill 5 6 9 7 27
Lincolnwood (20) - Avery Pope 11, Taryn Millburg 6, Amanda Seelbach 2, Lilly Terneus 1. Totals: 6 4-10 20.
Bunker Hill (27) - Makenna Wilkinson 11, Scroggins 9, Brooks 7. Totals: 9 9-25 27.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 4 (Pope 2, Millburg 2), Bunker Hill 0.
Records: Lincolnwood (0-1); Bunker Hill (1-0).
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