|Mon||2/8||Red Hill||A||6:15 W|
|Sat||2/27||Mt Carmel||H||6:00 L|
|Thurs||3/4||Casey West||A||6:15 W|
By JOSH BROWN
LAWRENCEVILLE — While they have been competitive for the most part, Lawrenceville High School’s girls’ basketball team managed just one win during their busy four-game stretch recently.
The Lady Indians played four times in a six-day span and although a couple of games were close, they won just once.
The Lady Indians played well during the early stages of their make-up Little Illini Conference game against Flora (Feb. 24), but a lengthy scoreless drought put LHS in a hole they could not climb out of and the end result was a 53-35 loss.
The Lady Indians scored first, on a basket by Alexia Petty 40 seconds into the game, but Flora responded with six straight to take the lead. Lawrenceville answered with a pair of baskets from Haley Bellville to tie the game, but Flora grabbed an 8-6 lead after one quarter.
Lawrenceville scored six of the first nine points in the second period and held a 12-11 lead with 5:37 to play, but the Lady Indians would not score again until the middle of the third quarter. Flora scored the final 14 points of the first half and took a 25-12 lead at halftime.
The scoring drought for the Lady Indians continued early in the third quarter, while Flora extended its lead to 30-12 before a three-pointer by Chaylee Shick at the 5:42 mark ended a near-eight minute span without points.
Unfortunately, the Lady Indians were unable to make any sort of significant run, as they trailed 36-19 after three quarters and could not get any closer than 14 points while trailing by as many as 24 late before scoring the final six points of the game to reach the final margin.
Katelyn Higginbotham led LHS with 11 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, while Shick posted nine points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists. Paige Morehead totaled six points, three rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and one assist; Bellville netted four points, six rebounds and two assists; Petty collected two points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists; Gracie Stallings recorded two points, four rebounds and two steals; and Kourtney Sholders added one point and two rebounds.
Paige Behnke led Flora with 12 points, six rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot, while Jencie Behnke posted 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.
In another make-up game Friday (Feb. 26), the Lady Indians pulled away late for a 58-45 win at Palestine-Hutsonville.
The Lady Indians only led 12-10 after one quarter and 27-25 at halftime, but extended the lead to 38-33 after three quarters, then outscored Palestine-Hutsonville 20-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Three-pointers were key for the Lady Indians, as they knocked down 15-29 long-range attempts in the win.
Higginbotham led LHS with 19 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals, while Petty totaled 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Shick contributed 12 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists; Morehead posted six points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal; Haley Bellville collected six points, two steals, one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot; and Stallings netted three points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Katie Draper led Palestine-Hutsonville with 24 points and three rebounds, while Halle Piper posted 10 points and four rebounds.
On Saturday (Feb. 27) in yet another make-up game, Lawrenceville came out on the short end of a 49-42 decision to Mt. Carmel.
The Lady Indians trailed 16-11 after one quarter, pulled to within 29-25 at halftime and tied the score at 38-38 after three periods, but were outscored 11-4 in the fourth quarter, which allowed Mt. Carmel to secure the win.
Shick led LHS with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Morehead recorded nine points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and one assist. Bellville contributed nine points, two rebounds and one assist; Higginbotham collected eight points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist; Stallings posted four points, three rebounds and one assist; and Petty netted two points, five rebounds and one assist.
In a regularly scheduled game against Olney Monday (March 1), the Lady Indians fell short to Olney, 51-47.
The Lady Indians started strong, holding an 18-14 lead after one quarter, but LHS was outscored 12-5 in the second period for a 26-23 halftime deficit. The Lady Indians responded in the third quarter, outscoring Olney 13-10 to tie the game at 36-36, but Olney won the fourth quarter 15-11 to pull out the win.
Sydni Williams returned to the line-up after missing the last three games and led LHS with 11 points, five rebounds and one blocked shot, while Petty posted 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot. Higginbotham contributed 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal; Shick netted seven points, two rebounds and one steal; Morehead recorded four points, three rebounds and one blocked shot; Bellville collected three points, six rebounds and one assist; and Stallings added two points, one rebound and one assist.