Lincolnview’s Kaylee Thatcher defends a Lima Central Catholic ball handler in a game at Lincolnview High School Thursday evening. The Lady Lancers escaped with a 46-44 NWC win. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Lincolnview’s Kaylee Thatcher defends a Lima Central Catholic ball handler in a game at Lincolnview High School Thursday evening. The Lady Lancers escaped with a 46-44 NWC win. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)

Times Bulletin Correspondent

MIDDLE POINT- The Lincolnview Lady Lancers welcomed the Lima Central Catholic Lady Thunderbirds to Lincolnview High School on Thursday night for girls basketball action. The Lady Lancers pulled out a 46-44 victory over the Lady T-birds in Northwest Conference play.

With a 4-2 Lancer lead, the Lady T-birds got four straight points from Sydney Mohler to give LCC a 6-4 lead. Lincolnview countered with an 8-0 run to end the first period and give the Lady Lancers a 12-6 lead going into the second quarter. During the run, Lincolnview got four points from Katie Dye.

LCC started the second stanza on 10-4 run. They got four points from Meredith Shepherd and six points from Sydney Santaguida to cut the Lady Lancer lead to 18-16.

The Lady Lancers were able to score the final four points of the quarter, with two points from Julia Thatcher and two points from Kaitlyn Brant, to give Lincolnview a 22-16 lead at the intermission.

The Lady Lancers got four points from Brandt and two from Claire Dye as Lincolnview pushed their lead to a 28-18 advantage over LCC in the third.

The Lady T-birds scored seven unanswered points to cut the deficit to 28-25.

Lincolnview pushed the lead back up to 12 with six straight points from Katie Dye to give the Lady Lancers a 37-25 advantage.

The Lady T-birds got a basket from Taflinger to end the third quarter and make the score 37-27, Lady Lancers.

The game was back-and-forth for much of the fourth period, and with the score at 45-35, LCC fought all the way back and cut the lead to one, 45-44. The Lady T-birds got six points from Shepherd and a clutch three-pointer from Santaguida.

Julia Thatcher hit a free throw to give the Lady Lancers a two-point lead with six seconds on the clock.

The Lady T-Birds were able to get a good look at a game-tying basket with a back door cut, but were unable to make the basket.

Brant had a game-high 18 points for the Lady Lancers, and Julia Thatcher added 12 points. LCC also had two girls with double digits points, as Shepherd had a team-high 17 points and Santaguida added in 14 points.

"It's finally nice to win one of those. We have played in a couple of these games and haven't been able to win those. Finally tonight we got a little bit lucky, she had a good look and she was unable to make it. At times we played well and at other time we didn't play as well. That is something we will have to take a look and see if it was something that they did or if it just falls on us. I give our girls a lot of credit they fought through some calls by the officials that we didn't like and I was pleased with that. And we made enough plays down the stretch to win the game," said Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson.

"If we could play our whole game like we played the fourth quarter, it would be a different story. The first three quarters we were not very intense and we let them dictate the game. The fourth quarter showed that we are able to play intense and we can be smart. I was happy with the fourth quarter and are able to come back and play hard," said LCC coach Katie Krieg.

With the victory on Thursday night the Lady Lancers improve to 12-4 on the year and 4-2 in the NWC. The loss drops the Lady T-birds to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in NWC play.

In junior varsity action on the night, the Lady Lancers were also able to defeat the Lady T-birds by a score of 40-36 and improve their record to 9-5 on the season.

Lincolnview (FG, FT, 3PT)

Kaylee Thatcher 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Claire Dye 2-3 3-4 0-2 7, Katie Dye 3-3 6-8 0-1 12, Julia Thatcher 2-7 3-4 0-4 7, Ashley Teman 0-1 0-2 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Brant 7-11 4-4 0-0 18, Totals: 15-29, 16-24, 0-7, 46

Lima Central Catholic (FG, FT, 3PT)

Sydney Santaguida 2-5 4-6 2-4 14, Meredith 5-11 1-2 2-7 17, Sydney Mohler 3-9 0-0 0-0 6, Elizabeth Taflinger 2-3 0-0 0-4 4, Kayla Verhoff 1-4 1-2 0-1 3, Totals: 13-32, 6-10, 4-16, 44