Brussels Outmuscle Lancers

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With 2:40 left in the third quarter, the Lincolnwood girls basketball team had recovered from a seven point deficit against visiting Brussels and seemed poised to make their move. Eight minutes later, the Lady Lancers were reeling from a 15-0 run by the Raiders, who went on to win 51-36 on Monday, Feb. 22.

The late charge by the Raiders spoiled what had been one of Lincolnwood’s closer games of the season, despite the absence of key contributors Maggie McClelland, Haelee Damm and Brittany Slightom for Coach Justin Millburg’s club.

The short-handed Lancers came out firing and led 7-0 in a blink after a three by Sophie Rainwater and two buckets by Amanda Seelbach and Cassie Krager.

Brussels would come back though, getting their first basket at the 4:40 mark and stringing together eight straight points to take the lead with 2:54 to play in the quarter.

Neither team would score until the final 40 seconds showed on the clock, with Taryn Millburg knocking down a three for Lincolnwood to put them back in front 10-8.

A Brussels free throw eight seconds later would trim a point off the lead, but the Lancers still led by one going into the second.

The two teams would trade points throughout the second quarter, but Brussels held the Lancers to just two field goals as they built up a small lead. Lincolnwood hung in with eight free throws in the quarter, but were down 27-22 at the break.

After catching their breath, Lincolnwood started the second half in similar fashion to their 7-0 run at the start of the game. Following a basket by Brussels forward Alyssa Kress (remember that name for later), the Lancers rattled off five straight points to cut the deficit down to 29-27.

The Raiders upped the margin to four with a bucket by Gracie Klaas, but Cassie Krager answered for Lincolnwood with a two of her own at the 2:40 mark of the third quarter.

Unfortunately, Krager’s bucket would be the last one Lincolnwood hit until there was 2:05 showing on the clock, when Avery Pope hit for two of her seven points in the quarter.

Between Krager’s basket and Pope’s, Brussels rattled off 15 straight points, with Kress scoring ten of them. Time after time, the Raiders broke free of the Lincolnwood pressure and dumped the ball down low to the senior forward, who finished the game with 19 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Lincolnwood got as close as 12 after the run, but couldn’t close the gap further and fell to 1-5 on the season.

Pope would lead Lincolnwood with 15 points, going 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Cassie Krager added in seven points, while Sophie Rainwater had five, all in the first half. Taryn Millburg hit Lincolnwood’s only three of the game, while Katelyn Payne, Amanda Seelbach and Mary Anderson all had two apiece for the Lancers.

While the varsity wasn’t able to pick up their second win of the season, the Lincolnwood JV team scored their first victory of the year, beating their counterparts 15-12.

Taryn Millburg, Mary Anderson and Kylie Neisler all had four points for the Lancers in the win, while Shelby Hattenbach added three.

Lincolnwood continues their season on Thursday, Feb. 25, with a MSM Conference tilt against Tri-City, followed by a match-up with Hillsboro on Saturday, Feb. 27. JV start time for the two home match-ups is 6:15 p.m. for Tri-City and 11 a.m. against Hillsboro, with action streamed live on the NFHS Network.

February 22 at Raymond

Brussels 9 18 7 17 51

Lincolnwood 10 12 7 7 36

Brussels (51) - Alyssa Kress 19, Mary Vogel 9, Megan Colp 7, Gracie Klaas 7, Delani Klaas 4, Emma Clark 2, Belle Friedel 2, Tessa Clark 1. Totals: 19 12-20 51.

Lincolnwood (36) - Avery Pope 15, Cassie Krager 7, Sophie Rainwater 5, Taryn Millburg 3 Katelyn Payne 2, Amanda Seelbach 2, Mary Anderson 2. Totals: 11 12-24 36.

Three-point field goals: Brussels 1 (Colp 1); Lincolnwood 2 (Rainwater 1, Millburg 1).

Record: Lincolnwood (1-5).

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