Lincolnview junior Alena Looser (22) drives toward the baseline as a pair of Kalida defenders try to slow her down during a non-league basketball game in Putnam County on Tuesday night. The Lady Lancers struggled on offense and came home with a 38-31 defeat. (DHI Media/John Parent)
Lincolnview junior Alena Looser (22) drives toward the baseline as a pair of Kalida defenders try to slow her down during a non-league basketball game in Putnam County on Tuesday night. The Lady Lancers struggled on offense and came home with a 38-31 defeat. (DHI Media/John Parent)
KALIDA — The Lincolnview Lady Lancers made the short trip north to Kalida on Tuesday night to take on the Lady Wildcats in girls non-conference hoops. The Lady Wildcats held off a late fourth quarter rally from Lincolnview to pick up the 38-31 victory.

The Wildcats got a 3-pointer from Lauren Langhals before the Lady Lancers got three made fouls shots, one from Katlyn Wendel and two from Alena Looser, to tie the game at 3-3.

Kalida got a layup from Brooke Kimball before Looser drained a triple for the Lady Lancers as Lincolnview had a 6-5 lead after one quarter.

The Lady Wildcats opened the second period with a 3-point play from Sarah Klausing and a trey from Taylor Lucke as Kalida took a 13-6 advantage over the Lady Lancers.

The Lady Lancers could only muster four points in the second quarter as Olivia Gorman and Kayla Schimmoeller both were able to knock down jumpers. The Lady Wildcats had the advantage going into the intermission 15-10.

The third quarter was another poor period for Lincolnview as one Schimmoeller bucket was all the scoring the Lady Lancers got in the third quarter. Kalida on the other hand got five points, including a 3-pointer, from Kara Siefker to give her Lady Wildcats a 23-12 lead going into the final quarter.

After a 3-point play from Klausing in the fourth quarter pushed the Kalida lead to 29-16, the Lady Lancers begin to fight back, getting a 5-0 run from Schimmoeller including a long trey.

Later on in the period a Lakin Brant made foul shot paired with two made foul shots from Schimmoeller brought the Kalida lead down to 31-24.

Lucke would knock down two foul shots for the Lady Wildcats before Schimmoeller and Brant both got buckets to cut the deficit to 33-28, Kalida.

A Klausing layup and two more made foul shots from Lucke put the game out of reach for the Lady Lancers and Kalida picked up a 38-31 victory.

The Lady Wildcats had the game’s leading scorer in Klausing, who scored 14 points for Kalida and Lucke chipped in with eight points. Lincolnview had two girls in double figures as Schimmoeller had a team high 12 points and Looser had 11 points on the night.

The Lady Wildcats outrebounded the Lady Lancers on the offensive glass by a 13-8 margin.

“We knew rebounding was going to be a big factor coming into the game. They are a typical Kalida Lady Wildcat team,” Lancer coach Dan Williamson said. “Their post (Klausing) was real strong and athletic and Kalida did a good job of getting her the ball. She just has a knack for getting offensive rebounds and that was a key tonight.”

Both teams shot under 30 percent from the field, leaving both coaches and players a little frustrated on the night.

“Our last couple of game we haven’t been shooting the ball all that well,” Kalida head coach Adam Huber said. “Coming into the year we thought we would struggle getting to 30 percent, but that hasn’t been the case up until the last couple of games. We were getting good looks, so we were just telling the girls to slow down and take their time. It’s frustrating because we have been working on this stuff every day but it’s a process and we will continue to get better.”

The Lady Wildcats (4-8) get a bit of break as their next game comes Saturday at Allen East. The Lady Lancers (7-3) will face Northwest Conference foe Bluffton at home on Thursday.

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LINCOLNVIEW (31)

Olivia Gorman 1-7 0-0 2, Maddie Gorman 0-2 0-1 0, Alena Looser 3-11 2-2 11, Katlyn Wendel 1-5 1-2 3, Kayla Schimmoeller 4-7 3-4 12, Lakin Brant 1-3 1-3 3, Frankie Carey 0-2 0-0 0; Totals 10-37 7-12 31

KALIDA (38)

Taylor Lucke 1-8 5-6 8, Halie Kaufman 0-6 0-0 0, Lauren Langhals 1-2 0-2 3, Brooke Kimball 2-2 1-2 5, Sarah Klausing 6-15 2-2 14, Kara Siefker 3-8 1-2 8, McKayla Maag 0-2 0-0 0, Samantha Backus 0-0 0-0 0, Kiersten Siebeneck 0-0 0-0 0, Abby Wurth 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 13-43 9-14 38

Lincolnview 6 4 2 19 - 31

Kalida 5 10 8 15 - 38

3-point field goals: Lvw 4-10 (Looser 3, Schimmoeller), Kal 3-12 (Lucke, Siefker, Langhals); Rebounds: Lvw 25 (Schimmoeller 6), Kal 33 (Klausing 11); Assists: Lvw 6 (3 with 2 each), Kal 1 (Langhals); Turnovers: Lvw 9, Kal 8; Fouls: Lvw 15, Kal 13