Lincolnview’s Christine Stemen takes a shot in a game against Parkway at Parkway High School Saturday. The Lady Lancers won the game 71-49. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
ROCKFORD - The Parkway Lady Panthers welcomed the Lincolnview Lady Lancers to Parkway High School for high school girls basketball action on Saturday night, and the Lady Lancers were able to beat the Parkway by a score of 71-49.
Parkway and Lincolnview faced off in an all-day basketball matchup, as both the varsity and junior varsity boys and girls teams faced off against each other at Parkway High School.
Parkway got on the board first with a basket by Sierra Fent, but Lincolnview got four straight points from Kaylee Thatcher to give the Lady Lancers a 6-2 lead. Lincolnview then went on a 13-5 run from that point on, and took a 19-7 advantage over the Lady Panthers after a quarter.
During the Lincolnview run, Julia Thatcher scored four points and Katie Dye added in five points.
Parkway scored the first four points of the second quarter, including three from Fent, to cut the Lincolnview lead to 19-11. The Lady Lancers lead jumped back up to double digits after Christine Stemen nailed a three-pointer to put the Lincolnview lead at 22-11.
Steman again connected on a three-pointer after Parkway had cut the lead to nine points when Kylie Snyder made a layup. Snyder would add a three-pointer of her own to end the first half and cut the Parkway deficit to 31-20.
The Lady Panthers started the third stanza hot, as Parkway scored six unanswered points during an 8-2 run before Lincolnview used a timeout to regain composure.
The Lady Panthers got baskets from Raegan Bransteter and Cami Hellwarth, and four points from Fent, to bring the score to 33-28, Lincolnview.
Out of the timeout, the Lady Lancers built the lead back up from the charity stripe, as Lincolnview went 7-of-8 from the line to push the advantage to 40-28.
The Lady Lancers finished the third quarter strong, including 10 points from Katie Dye to give Lincolnview a 56-39 lead with one quarter left to play.
In the middle of the fourth quarter, a basket from Kaylie Jutte of Parkway cut the Lady Lancers lead to 58-45. Lincolnview closed out the game strong, including seven points from Katie Dye and two from Claire Clay to give the Lady Lancers the 71-49 victory.
The Lady Panthers had two girls finish with double figures, as Fent had 14 and Snyder had 12. Bransteter also added in nine to the Parkway cause.
The Lady Lancers had three girls in double digits, including Katie Dye with a game-high 24, Julia Thatcher with 14 and Stemen also had 11.
"It was a tale of two halves. In the second half we kind of got after it a little bit and that's the way we need to play to be successful. We played some hard-nosed defense, and that turned into a lot of points for us. The first half we weren't really clicking the way I want us to," said Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson.
"We had spurts were we played well. We came out down by 11 at halftime and got it down to six, and then we go in the third quarter and give up 24 points. Youcan't do that if you want to win ball games," said Parkway coach Lynn Hughes.
With the win on Saturday night, the Lady Lancers improve to 13-4 on the season. The loss drops the Lady Panthers to 2-14 on the year.
Parkway (FG, FT, 3PT) Alicia Samaniego 0-0 1-2 0-3 1, Cami Hellwarth 2-8 3-4 0-1 7, Kayla Walls 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Lydia Heindel 0-2 2-3 0-0 2, Kaylie Jutte 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Raegen Bransteter 3-5 3-5 0-0 9, Kylie Snyder 3-9 3-4 1-5 12, Terra Walls 1-3 0-2 0-0 2, Sierra Fent 5-6 4-6 0-0 14, Totals: 15-34, 16-26, 1-10, 49
Lincolnview (FG, FT, 3PT) Kaylee Thatcher 1-4 4-7 0-0 6, Claire Clay 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Claire Dye 3-6 0-4 0-0 6, Katie Dye 9-13 6-6 0-1 24, Julia Thatcher 5-10 4-5 0-2 14, Hannah McCleery 0-1 0-3 0-0 0, Christine Stemen 1-1 3-6 2-3 11, Ashley Teman 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Brant 4-8 0-1 0-0 8, Totals: 24-35, 17-32, 2-6, 71