|Lancer girls crush Commodores|
|Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:11 PM|
Take the shooting: the Lancers (4-1) weren’t on fire, hitting 19-of-53 shots, including 6-of-11 downtown, for 35.9 percent, they were tropical compared to the Commodores’ polar 4-of-34 (0-of-8 3s) for 11.8 percent.
Senior Claire Dye fired in 21 markers for the hosts, including five treys, and sophomore Julia Thatcher added 12. Lexie Davis, a 6-2 junior, led Perry with seven and added four blocks.
Lincolnview forced 35 turnovers, with senior Katie Dye grabbing six steals, senior Kaylee Thatcher four and Julia Thatcher three, only turning it over 16 times themselves.
“Our defense did a nice job of turning them over. That led to us getting a lot more looks and some easier ones,” Lancer coach Dan Williamson noted. “We did an excellent job of guarding them, especially in our man-to-man. We did exactly what we wanted on the defensive end.”
The hosts also outrebounded the taller Commodores 36-33 (14-12 offensive) despite their tallest player, the 5-10 Kaitlin Brant (9 boards) in foul trouble much of the game before foiling out late. Sophomore Hannah McCleery added eight.
Lincolnview’s pressure defense from a variety of looks all over the floor started to cause trouble immediately. When they weren’t forcing miscues (11 in the period), they were forcing hurried shots (2-of-9). On the other end, they were getting far more looks at the basket (5-of-15) and slowly built a 12-4 edge on a 19-footer from the left wing by Julia Thatcher with 3.1 ticks left.
Perry’s offense all-but disappeared in the second period, managing only one free throw by Davis early on. The Commodores turned it over nine more times and missed all nine tries from the field in going the last six minutes of the stanza. In the meantime, Claire Dye heated up with a trio of treys as the Lancers netted 6-of-13 attempts. When Dye swished a bomb from the right corner with 5.1 ticks left Lincolnview led 27-5.
Davis scored a free toss and 3-point play to start the third but the visitors didn’t have much success the rest of the stanza. The hosts continued to force turnovers aplenty (8 in the period) and kept building their lead. It reached 42-12 when McCleery made a nice inside move with 1:05 showing.
All that needed to be decided in the fourth canto was the final margin of victory as the Lancers dominated to the end.
“I liked our ball movement on offense; we were really moving the ball around and getting good shots,” Williamson added. “At times, we’re a bit too unselfish; these girls get along so well on and fof the court and they don’t care who gets the points.”
Christine Stemen led the hosts with 17 and Ashton Bowersock and Claire Clay 10 each.