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December 13, 2017

Hacked in the act
Hacked in the act
Lincoln Trail's Kaitlyn Howe (3) is fouled on her way to the basket during a game against Lewis & Clark Dec. 6. Howe scored 16 points in that contest and added 12 against Shawnee Dec. 9, helping the Lady Statesmen to a pair of wins. (Josh Brown photo)

Lady Statesmen close out 2017 with 74-58 GRAC win at Shawnee
It has been a season of streaks thus far for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team so far this season.

The Lady Statesmen opened with four straight wins, then lost four games in a row, but have now won their last three following Saturday (Dec. 9)'s 74-59 win at Shawnee Community College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference action.

"A week ago after our tough loss at Olney, we set a goal of winning the next three games of the semester and we accomplished that," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "I was a little worried after our emotional win at home Wednesday against a tough Lewis and Clark team that we might fall off a little and struggle today, but we didn't."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Panthers beat Cisne, 48-34, for 1st win
A solid performance from start to finish lifted Oblong High School's boys' basketball team to its first win of the season Friday night (Dec. 8).

The Panthers snapped a five-game winning streak by cruising past visiting Cisne for a 48-34 win in the non-conference contest.

"We showed up with a lot of energy and focus tonight," OHS head coach Ryan Cheek said. "We were able to control the tempo early and maximize our shot quality. We stuck to our game plan and did not let up the entire game."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Early struggles send Statesmen to 85-48 loss at Shawnee Saturday
Giving up as many points in a half as you score in an entire game is what Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team wanted to do in their final game of 2017.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what the Statesmen did and the end result was an 85-48 loss at Shawnee Community College in Great Rivers Athletic Conference action (Dec. 9).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Maroons drop pair of weekend games
Playing at home was not the advantage Robinson High School's boys' basketball team had hoped it would be over the weekend.

The Maroons played their first two home games of the season, but came away with losses in both of them, falling to Casey-Westfield, 60-50, in a Little Illini Conference contest Friday (Dec. 8), then losing to South Knox, Ind., 60-43, in a non-conference game Saturday (Dec. 9).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Offense continues to hamper Lady Maroons in 53-25 loss at Newton
The effort continues to be there, but the struggles on offense are still too much to overcome for Robinson High School's girls' basketball team.

The Lady Maroons stayed close for a half, but couldn't keep pace with Newton in a 53-25 loss in Little Illini Conference play (Dec. 7).

"I was super proud of their effort," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "We were only down nine at halftime, but then we got tired.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Statesmen pull away from Ivy Tech, 93-81
They don't all have to be pretty to land in the win column and Wednesday (Dec. 6)'s game certainly wasn't a work of art, but it was good enough for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team back in the win column.

A short-handed Statesmen squad was missing several regular rotation players, but managed to put together a big second half to pull away from Ivy Tech Community College for a 93-81 victory.

"This was the right game at the right time," LTC head coach Luke Stuckey said. "With our injury situation, we had some guys playing positions they hadn't played before, but we got some guys some confidence and found a way to win. It was a good win for us."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lady Statesmen rally past Lewis & Clark, 58-54
A game full of runs and momentum swings ended in the favor of Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team Wednesday (Dec. 6).

The Lady Statesmen shook off a rough start and rallied for a 58-54 win over visiting Lewis & Clark Community College in a see-saw affair.

"It was a grinder," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "I'm pretty happy with this one. This was a big win for us."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lady Panthers roll past Lawrenceville, 61-40
Hot shooting from the outside propelled Oblong High School's girls' basketball team to another win Tuesday night (Dec. 5).

The Lady Panthers picked up their fourth straight win, rolling past Lawrenceville 61-40 in non-conference action.

"We played well," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "We made 11 more threes. We've now hit 24 in our last two games."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Maroons falter late in 61-45 loss at Mt. Carmel in non-conference action
A close game got away from Robinson High School's boys' basketball team late Tuesday night (Dec. 5).

Robinson and Mt. Carmel traded punches for much of the first three quarters, but the Golden Aces were able to deliver some knockout blows late, sending the Maroons to a 61-45 loss in the non-conference contest.

"We didn't shoot the ball well, but that is going to happen sometimes," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "But we have to do a better job with the silly turnovers and fundamental breakdowns. I also have no idea where our help side defense went tonight. We gave up too many open drives to the basket."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Panthers lose to Lawrenceville, 79-47
Two teams in search of their first win took the to the court Tuesday night (Dec. 5), but the game ended up not being as close as the records indicated.

Both Oblong and Lawrenceville's boys' basketball teams came into their non-conference game still searching for their first win of the season and unfortunately for the Panthers, it was the visiting Indians who came out on top, as they handed the Panthers a 79-47 defeat.

"We came out tonight and liked the matchup we had, but they (Lawrenceville) just controlled the tempo from the tipoff," OHS head coach Ryan Cheek said. "We put together a fairly strong first quarter and then after that their pressure got the best of us and we began to throw the ball away."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lady Pioneers can't keep pace with Casey-Westfield in 46-26 loss
A slow start put Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team in a hole they could not climb out of Tuesday night (Dec. 5).

The Lady Pioneers lost their sixth game in as many tries this season, falling to Casey-Westfield, 46-26, in the non-conference contest.

Monday, December 11, 2017

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