Lincolnview’s Kaitlyn Brant battles a Delphos Jefferson player for a rebound in a game at The Stage Thursday evening. The Lady Lancers won the game 62-44. (Times Bulletin/Tom Morris)
Lincolnview’s Kaitlyn Brant battles a Delphos Jefferson player for a rebound in a game at The Stage Thursday evening. The Lady Lancers won the game 62-44. (Times Bulletin/Tom Morris)

BY NICK JOHNSON

Times Bulletin Correspondent

sports@timesbulletin.com

DELPHOS- The Delphos Jefferson Lady Wildcats welcomed the Lincolnview Lady Lancers to The Stage at Delphos Jefferson Middle School Thursday night, and the Lady Lancers won the game 62-44.

The Lady Lancers started the game on a 16-2 run before Jefferson was forced to burn a timeout to try to end Lincolnview's momentum. The Lady Lancers used six points from Claire Dye and four points from Katie Dye and Kaylee Thatcher to jump out huge lead.

Out of the timeout, the Lady Wildcats got two fouls shots from Jasmine McDougall and one from Rileigh Stockwell to put the score at the end of the first stanza 16-5, Lincolnview.

Jefferson got five points from Brooke Hesseling during a 16-5 Lady Lancer run, in which Lincolnview got six points Kaitlyn Brant to push the lead to 30-10.

After Jefferson nailed a three-pointer from Hannah Sensibaugh, Lincolnview scored the final six points of the half to push the their lead to 38-13 at the break.

The Lady Wildcats started the third quarter with a 10-6 run, getting four points from Brooke Culp and Stockwell to cut the Lady Lancer lead to 44-23.

Both teams battled for the rest of the third quarter, but a late basket by Julia Thatcher sent the Lady Lancers into the fourth quarter with a 50-27 lead.

The Lady Wildcats went on a huge run of their own to start the fourth quarter, when they outscored Lincolnview 14-2 to cut the Lady Lancer lead to 52-41. The Lady Wildcats got four points from Gabby Pimpas and four more also from Culp.

Lincolnview countered with a 10-3 run, including four from Claire Dye, to make the final score 62-44.

Lincolnview had four players in double figures, including Claire Dye with a game-high 20 points. Kaylee Thatcher had 10 points, Katie Dye had 16 points and Brant added in 12 points for a very balanced scoring night for Lincolnview.

The Lady Wildcats got 11 points from Culp and eight points from Pimpas.

Jefferson shot 24 percent from the field compared to Lincolnview, who shot 55 percent from the floor.

"(During) the first half, I thought we played as well as we have all season at both ends of the floor.

"We were executing offensively, knocking down shots, and defensive we did a good job of rebounding and forcing turnovers. During the second half, we talked about keeping that focus and intensity, we just didn't do it that third quarter. They came out and they attacked us and they finally started making shots to get back in the game. It's tough to keep that intensity when you are up by a wide margin, we just need to work on that," said Lancer coach Dan Williamson.

"We need to do a better job defensive and put some pressure on the ball. We gave them a lot of wide open shots, which they hit, and they are a good shooting team. During the second half, we picked up the intensity and forced some turnovers. We get some better shots for ourselves and got better ball movement, and where able to knock down some shots. I'm very pleased with our intensity in the second half, we got in their face and didn't let them have the open shot," said Wildcats coach Dave Hoffman.

With the win, the Lady Lancers improve to 3-2 in NWC play and 11-4 overall. The Lady Wildcats drop to 1-4 in the NWC and 4-11 overall.

Delphos Jefferson (FG, FT, 3PT)

Brooke Culp 5-9 1-2 0-0 11, Kaite Goergens 1-8 0-0 0-1 2, Rileigh Stockwell 0-4 6-10 0-0 6, Hannah Sensibaugh 1-9 0-1 1-2 5, Gabby Pimpas 4-11 0-0 0-0 8, Makalya Binkley 1-6 0-0 0-2 2, Brooke Hesseling 1-5 2-4 1-2 7, Jasmine McDougall 0-2 3-4 0-0 3, Totals: 13-54, 12-21, 2-7, 44

Lincolnview (FG, FT, 3PT)

Kaylee Thatcher 4-5 2-3 0-0 10, Claire Dye 10-15 0-0 0-4 20, Katie Dye 5-7 6-6 0-0 16, Julia Thatcher 2-5 0-2 0-1 4, Hannah McCleery 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Christine Stemen 0-2 0-0 0-1 0, Kaitlyn Brant 6-8 0-0 0-0 12, Totals: 27-43, 8-13 0-6, 62