Rockets, Hawks Ground Lancers At Waverly


The Waverly Holiday Tournament ended much sooner than hoped for the Lincolnwood boys basketball team, who ran into a tough draw at the 71st edition of the annual event.

The Lancers fell to the third seed on Dec. 27 and seventh seed on Dec. 28 to end their run in Waverly’s traditional bracket style event.

Lincolnwood’s opponent in their opening game of the Waverly Holiday Tournament was the same one they opened the season with at the New Berlin Thanksgiving Tournament, Jacksonville’s Routt Catholic High School. The Lancers hoped that round two would be different than their first meeting, a 31-point victory by the Rockets. And it was, just not in a good way.

The Lancers were held to just 17 points in the game as they fell to the Rockets for the second time this season by a 62-17 final score.

Only six of Lincolnwood’s 17 points came in the first half as they were outscored 17-4 in the first quarter and 36-6 by halftime.

The Lancers would try to salvage at least part of the performance in the second half and nearly tripled their point total. Both Brady Schmedeke and Will Jenkins hit threes in the third quarter, but Lincolnwood could get no closer to the Rockets than 29 points. 

With the clock running continuously in the fourth quarter, the Lancers scored four more points, with Kennady Cook hitting the Lancers’ third three of the game as Routt finished off the 45-point win.

Will Jenkins led Lincolnwood with five points and was the only Lancer to hit two field goals. Gabe Armentrout added four points, followed by Brady Schmedeke and Kennady Cook with three each and Trenton Watson with two.


Lincolnwood’s opponent in game two was the seventh seeded Hawks of Carrollton after they lost to 15th seeded South County in the tournament’s first upset on Monday.

A strong third quarter by the Hawks gave them the momentum to hold off Lincolnwood in the fourth as the Lancers fell 50-44.

Coach Matt Millburg’s club shook off the performance against Routt by matching their total points against the Rockets (17) in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game. Five different players scored in the first eight minutes, including Will Jenkins, Braden Whalen and Gabe Armentrout each netting four to give Lincolnwood an early 17-11 advantage.

The Hawks would chip away at the deficit, outscoring the Lancers 13-10 in the quarter, but Lincolnwood still clung to a 27-24 lead at halftime. Jenkins and Whalen scored all 10 points for the Lancers in the second, finishing the half with eight and 10 points respectively.

After the break, Carrollton’s Kyle Leonard would catch fire. The senior guard had just two points going into the quarter, but scored 10 in the third frame alone, hitting a three, two twos and going 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.

Four other Carrollton players combined for 11 more points in the quarter as the Hawks outscored the Lancers 21-8 and took a 45-35 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Lincolnwood’s defense tried to step up and make a comeback possible, holding Carrollton to two field goals, both by Grant Pohlman, and a free throw. The Hawks struggled from the line in the fourth, going 1-for-4, but managed to hold on for a 50-44 victory.

Braden Whalen finished with 17 to lead Lincolnwood in scoring, while Will Jenkins added 13, including five in the fourth quarter. Brady Schmedeke (6), Gabe Armentrout (4) and Trenton Watson (4) also scored for the Lancers, who moved to 5-9 on the season.

Lincolnwood will look for a new start in the new year as they won’t play again until Mt. Pulaski comes to town on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The Lancers are scheduled to play three games that night, starting with a freshman/sophomore game at 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV and varsity contests.

December 28 at Waverly

Waverly Holiday Tournament

Lincolnwood 17 10 8 9 44

Carrollton 11 13 21 5 50

Lincolnwood (44) - Braden Whalen 17, Will Jenkins 13, Brady Schmedeke 6, Gabe Armentrout 4, Trenton Watson 4. Totals: 16 7-8 44.

Carrollton (50) - Kyle Leonard 12, Gus Coonrod 12, Grant Pohlman 9, Kaiden Breckon 8, Braylon Rhoades 8, Ethan Harrelson 1. Totals: 17 12-17 50.

Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 5 (Schmedeke 2, Jenkins 2, Whalen 1); Carrollton 4 (Breckon 2, Pohlman1, Leonard 1).

Record: Lincolnwood (5-9); 

 December 27 at Waverly

Waverly Holiday Tournament

Lincolnwood 4 2 7 4 17

Routt Catholic 17 19 16 10 62

Lincolnwood (17) - Will Jenkins 5, Gabe Armentrout 4, Brady Schmedeke 3, Kennady Cook 3, Trenton Watson 2. Totals: 6 2-4 17.

Routt Catholic (62) - Gus Abell 16, Michael Wilson 15, Will Merwin 6, Ethan Mahoney 6, Braden Cors 6, Nolan Turner 4, Nolan Killion 3, Ethan Walker 2. Totals: 28 4-4 62.

Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 3 (Schmedeke 1, Jenkins 1, Cook 1); Routt 2 (Merwin 2).

Record: Lincolnwood (5-8).


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