FT. JENNINGS - The Lincolnview Lady Lancers used strong defensive pressure and some timely baskets to establish a lead over Fort Jennings on Monday night, then salted the game away with a red-hot shooting fourth quarter.Lincolnview claimed a 46-32 non-conference victory at the Fort.
The game was played near dead-even for the first quarter-and-a-half thanks largely to a 3-for-13 shooting performance by the Lancers in the first quarter.
The Fort Jennings size was an issue early on for the Lancers as Kylie Jettinghoff opened the scoring for the Musketeers and Cassie Lindeman's lay-in gave Fort Jennings a 6-4 advantage.
The Lady Musketeers scored on each of their first two possessions of the second quarter when Lindeman knocked down a 13-foot jumper and senior Emily Kehres followed with a hoop on the low block, giving Jennings the 10-7 lead.
Unfortunately for the home team, they would manage just a single free throw the rest of the half and suffered through a 2-for-16 shooting performance.
The Lady Lancers held a 17-11 lead at the break.
The shooting woes that hampered Jennings moved across the floor to the Lincolnview side in the third, as the Lancers misfired on their first seven shot attempts.
The Musketeers, who trailed by as much as nine at 20-11, chipped away. Lindeman got inside to cut the lead to seven, then came away with a steal and a layup to get it down to five.
After an Ashton Bowersock baseline jumper made it 22-15, Lancers, For Jennings ripped off six straight to close within one at 22-21 and Jettinghoff's hoop from the low block closed the Musketeers again within one at 24-23.
Fort Jennings shot for the lead, but Gabby Clippinger's jumper missed the mark, leading to a long rebound for Lincolnview. Junior Julia Thatcher grabbed the board and raced down the floor, picking up contact on her way to the hoop. Thatcher converted the old-fashioned three-point play with 21 seconds showing on the third period clock and Lincolnview had survived a 3-for-14 performance with the lead intact.
"That's kind of been Julia's calling card," Noted Lancer head coach Dan Williamson. "For about the last month or so, she's had a knack for stepping up when we need her to, and making a big play."
In the final period, it was all Lancers.
Lincolnview connected on 8-of-14 from the field in the fourth and out-rebounded the Musketeers 17-5 in the second half to win going away.
That rebounding difference was key, according to Williamson. "We gave up (11) offensive rebounds in the first half and we gave them just one in the second half. I think that was the key, was keeping them off the offensive glass."
Fort Jennings claimed an 18-14 victory in the junior varsity contest, which was limited to two quarters of play.
Score by quarters
Lincolnview 6 11 10 19- 46
Ft. Jennings 6 5 12 9- 32
McCleery 12, Clay 0, Thatcher 7, Stemen 7, Bowersock 11, Wendel 3, Gorman 6
Ft. Jennings (32)
Jettinghoff 8, Kehres 2, Lindeman 10, A. Schimmoeller 3, Calvelage 0, Clippinger 8, K. Eickholt 0, E. Eickholt 1