Above, Lincolnview’s Katie Dye drives the lane in a game against Antwerp at Lincolnview High School Tuesday evening. The Lady Lancers defeated the Lady Archers 51-32. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
BY JIM COX
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT - The conditions Tuesday night - dim lights, no scoreboard, no public address system - were those of yesteryear. The basketball, however, was pure 21st Century as Lincolnview's pressure defense forced 27 Antwerp turnovers in a 51-32 win. The Lady Lancers are now 10-4, the Lady Archers 3-10.
With 4:51 remaining in the first quarter, a frighteningly loud boom put the gymnasium into sudden and total darkness. Fifteen minutes later, play resumed via generator power, albeit with no scoreboard, no public address system, and very dim lighting. The score was displayed to the crowd via volleyball flip scorecards.
The Lancers led 10-2 at the time of the power outage, and they increased that lead to 16-5 after one quarter, mainly by forcing eight Antwerp turnovers in the first eight minutes. Seven of Lincolnview's eight fielders were layups. The Archers, however, bounced back in the second quarter, winning those eight minutes 14-8 to trail by only five at the half, 24-19. The Lancers, however, removed almost any doubt by taking total control in the third period using a 12-2 run which included a Julia Thatcher layup, a Kaitlyn Brant layup, a Claire Dye steal/layup, a Hannah McCleery steal/layup, a Claire Dye layup, and a layup by Katie Dye, who added three assists in the run. That made it 36-21. It was 38-24 after three.
"That long layoff kind of took the wind out of our sails because we were playing pretty well until all that happened," said Lancer coach Dan Williamson. "But we found a way to get our energy back and extended our lead there (in the third quarter)."
If there was any doubt at all at that point, the Lancers quickly removed it in the fourth period with a 13-4 skein beginning with a Katie Dye breakaway layup and also featuring two Julia Thatcher free throws, a Katie Dye layup, a Christine Stemen trey from the left wing, a Julia Thatcher breakaway layup, and a Katie Dye layup.
Lincolnview dominated in field goal shooting, hitting 49 percent (24 of 49) to 37 percent (11 of 30) - and turnovers committing only 12 to Antwerp's 27. Rebounding was a standoff - 20-20. Free throws were not a factor and not impressive for either team - Antwerp hitting 53 percent (8 of 15), Lincolnview 50 percent (2 of 4).
The Lancers had a nicely balanced scoring attack led by Katie Dye and Julia Thatcher with 14 and 12 respectively. The other three starters - Kaylee Thatcher, Claire Dye, and Brant had six each. Antwerp was led by its talented senior, Alexis Jones, with 16. Kaiya Jemison added 10.
Only two other Archers scored, however, and those two players totaled six points between them.
Although the hosts shot a high percentage and had a slew of nice assists, it was their defense that stood out. "We've been hanging our hat on our defense," said Williamson. "Our offense had been kinda hit and miss. The games that we've struggled to play well, we haven't played as well defensively. The games we've played well, we've done a good job of getting steals and turnovers. Our defense has definitely come along as the season's progressed." Lincolnview (7-5) won the junior varsity game 32-20. Christine Stemen led the Lancer scoring with 10. Avery Braaten had 7 for Antwerp.
Score by quarters:
Lincolnview 16 8 14 13 - 51 Antwerp 5 14 5 8 - 32
Kaylee Thatcher 3 0-0 6, Claire Dye 3 0-1 6, Katie Dye 7 0-1 14, Julia Thatcher 5 2-2 12, Brant 3 0-0 6, McCleery 2 0-0 4, Stemen 1 0-0 3, Springer 0 0-0 0, Teman 0 0-0 0, Clay 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 2-4 51.
Jones 6 3-5 16, Sawyer 1 1-3 4, Longardner 1 0-0 2, Jemison 3 4-7 10, Miesle 0 0-0 0, Miller-Sweet 0 0-0 0, Braaten 0 0-0 0, Recker 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 8-15 32.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnview 1 (Stemen), Antwerp 2 (Jones, Sawyer).