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home : sports : sports April 30, 2016

1/2/2013 2:14:00 PM
Lady Panthers place 7th at Dieterich
Sports Editor

The performance was much better, but the results were basically the same for Oblong High School's girls' basketball team at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.

On the bright side, Oblong was able to finally put an end to their long losing streak and played much better throughout the tournament.

On the disappointing side, the Lady Panthers only mustered one win and managed just a seventh-place finish in the eight-team tournament.

After finishing pool play with a 42-40 loss to Casey-Westfield Friday, the Lady Panthers were able to snap their 10-game losing streak by whipping South Central, 58-23, in the seventh-place game.

"This is the best we've played in this tournament since I've been here," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said.


Oblong was in the game pretty much from start to finish, but could not find a way to pull it out in the end.

The Lady Panthers fell behind 4-0 right off the bat, but came back to score six of the next eight points to even the score, before Casey-Westfield scored four of the last five points to take a 10-7 lead after the first eight minutes.

Casey-Westfield doubled their lead with a three-point play at the start of the second quarter and still held a six-point lead, 17-11, with 2:25 to play, but consecutive threes by Taylor Harris and Kelsie Harper tied the game at 17-17 with 1:00 remaining. A three-point play with 30 seconds left gave Casey-Westfield a 20-17 lead and they held that margin at halftime.

A slow start to the third quarter for OHS allowed Casey-Westfield to get some separation, as the Lady Warriors scored the first seven points of the period to take a 27-17 lead with 6:10 left. Emily Lockhart's elbow jumper stopped the run, but Casey-Westfield was able to push their advantage to 32-21 heading into the fourth quarter.

Oblong picked things up in the fourth quarter, opening on a 6-0 run to pull within 32-27 with 5:10 to play. Two free throws by Ryann Chiddix made the score 35-31 with 4:20 left. Casey-Westfield pushed the lead back to seven before Lockhart hit three free throws and Harper added two to get within 38-36 with 2:17 to play. Cara Mayhew added a free throw at the 1:40 mark to pull the Lady Panthers within one. Two free throws by Victoria Cox pushed the Casey-Westfield lead back to three, 40-37, with 1:01 left, then Taylor Smith hit a free throw for Oblong with 49 seconds left to make the score 40-38.

The Lady Panthers had a chance to tie or take the lead after a Casey-Westfield turnover, but Harris and Harper each missed three-pointers and Casey-Westfield regained possession with 35 seconds left. However, the Lady Warriors left the door open, as they missed two shots from close range and Harper secure the rebound with 23 seconds left. A three-pointer by Smith was off the mark and Casey-Westfield's Kyleigh Decker made two free throws to give the Lady Warriors a 42-38 lead with 13 seconds left. Harper would miss a three on the ensuing possession, but Smith got the rebound and fed Lockhart, who made a layup with two seconds left, but the Lady Panthers were out of time-outs and Casey-Westfield was able to hang on for the win.

"The kids fought hard," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "These kids continue to battle and not quit. We just continue to beat ourselves. We gave them too many second chance shots and turned the ball over too much."

Lockhart led OHS with 17 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots, while Harper posted eight points, six rebounds, two steals, two assists and one blocked shot. Kira Meese netted four points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Harris and Smith contributed three points, five rebounds and one assist apiece, Ryann Chiddix totaled two points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots, Kailyn Pinkston added two points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist and Mayhew had one point and three rebounds.

"Emily had a very good tournament and Kelsie played well, too," Johnson said. "We were in foul trouble the whole game, but our bench came in and played well."

Decker led Casey-Westfield with 20 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot, while Taylor Birchfield netted 13 points, 11 rebounds and one steal.


It was all Lady Panthers from start to finish, as they scored double digits in each quarter, while holding South Central to single digits in every period.

Oblong jumped out to a 13-5 lead after the first quarter and remained in control throughout. The Lady Panthers outscored South Central 16-5 in the second quarter for a 29-10 halftime lead, then outscored South Central 19-9 in the third quarter to turn the game into a rout. Already leading 48-19, Oblong outscored South Central 10-4 in the fourth quarter to reach the final margin.

The Lady Panthers made as many field goals (23) as South Central had points and made as many three-point baskets (9) as South Central had total field goals.

The final score could have been worse, but Oblong went just 3-15 at the free throw line (20 percent), while South Central made 5-10 foul shots (50 percent).

Seven players found their way into the scoring column for Oblong, including three in double figures.

Harper topped OHS with 16 points, including five three-pointers, while Pinkston bagged three three-pointers on her way to scoring 15 points. Lockhart tossed in 11, Chiddix netted seven, Mayhew scored four, Smith added three and Meese had two.

Macie Cain led South Central with 10 points, while Gwen Lewis added six.

In other final-round action Saturday, Louisville-North Clay slipped past Casey-Westfield, 60-56, in the fifth-place game; Arcola beat Dieterich, 51-45, in the third-place game and Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City downed Newton, 53-45, in the championship game.

Oblong (4-11) will play host to Flora for a Little Illini Conference contest Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

2012 Dieterich Girls Holiday Tournament

At Dieterich Grade School


Oblong 7 10 4 19 - 40

Casey-Westfield 10 10 12 10 - 42


Taylor Smith 1-2 0-4 1-2 3, Kelsie Harper 0-2 1-6 5-6 8, Taylor Harris 0-0 1-5 0-0 3, Kailyn Pinkston 1-3 0-2 0-0 2, Emily Lockhart 7-10 0-0 3-4 17, Kira Meese 1-4 0-1 2-6 4, Cara Mayhew 0-2 0-0 1-2 1, Ryann Chiddix 0-1 0-0 2-2 2, TOTALS 10-24 2FG, 2-18 3FG, 14-22 FT, 40 TP.


Conner Cutright 1-2 0-1 3-6 5, Jetta Green 1-1 0-5 0-0 2, Niki Brandenburg 0-4 0-0 0-0 0, Tiarra Black 0-3 0-1 0-0 0, Kyleigh Decker 6-22 0-1 8-14 20, Victoria Cox 0-0 0-0 2-2 2, Taylor Birchfield 4-15 0-0 5-11 13, Elana Edwards 0-2 0-0 0-1 0, TOTALS 12-49 2FG, 0-8 3FG, 18-34 FT, 42 TP.

Turnovers - OHS 24, CWHS 15. Team fouls - OHS 22, CWHS 18. Fouled out - Chiddix, Meese, Black, Birchfield. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (OHS 44) Lockhart 11, Chiddix 7, Harper 6, Smith 5, Harris 5, Meese 4, Pinkston 3, Mayhew 3. (CWHS 44) Decker 16, Birchfield 11, Cutright 4. Steals - (OHS 7) Lockhart 3, Harper 2, Pinkston, Meese. (CWHS 14) Cutright 5, Green 3, Decker 3. Assists - (OHS 10) Chiddix 4, Harper 2, Smith, Harris, Pinkston, Meese. (CWHS 4) Cutright, Green, Black, Edwards. Blocked shots - (OHS 6) Lockhart 3, Chiddix 2, Harper. (CWHS 2) Cutright, Decker.


7th-Place Game

South Central 5 5 9 4 - 23

Oblong 13 16 19 10 - 58


Jenna Rose 0 0-0 0, Lauren Lotz 0 1-2 1, Gwen Lewis 3 0-0 6, Taylor Keen 0 0-0 0, Bailey Ritter 1 0-0 2, Macie Cain 3 4-8 10, Shyann Riley 1 0-0 2, Abby King 1 0-0 2, TOTALS 9 FG, 5-10 FT, 23 TP.


Taylor Smith 1 0-0 3, Cheyenne Wells 0 0-0 0, Kelsie Harper 5 1-2 16, Taylor Harris 0 0-1 0, Kailyn Pinkston 6 0-2 15, Emily Lockhart 5 1-4 11, Kira Meese 1 0-2 2, Kayla Musgrave 0 0-0 0, Ryann Chiddix 3 1-2 7, Cara Mayhew 2 0-2 4, TOTALS 23 FG, 3-15 FT, 58 TP.

3-point goals - Harper 5, Pinkston 3, Smith.

Next game - Oblong (4-11) will play host to Flora Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

All-Tournament Team - Micah Jones (CHBC) - MVP; Ava Paruleski (CHBC); Autumn Riley (CHBC): Morgan Swingler (Newton); Megan Jansen (Newton); Carly Niebrugge (Newton); Taylor Edwards (Arcola); Candace Niemerg (Dieterich); Kyleigh Decker (Casey-Westfield); Kortney Stanfield (Louisville-North Clay).

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