For the first since 1985, a Linconwood High School girls basketball team suited up for an official game on Monday, Nov. 25, as the new Lady Lancers took on Brussels, located along the Mississippi River, deep in Calhoun County.
While there were some challenges for the Lady Lancers, like turnovers, the long drive and barge traffic that nearly caused them to miss the tipoff, game number one is in the books for the team as they fell to the Raiders 39-21.
Whether it was the shortened warm-up or first game jitters, Lincolnwood got off to a slow start as Brussells led 7-2 after the first quarter, with Maggie McClelland getting the lone bucket for the Lancers.
The orange and black would bounce back though, matching the Raiders point for point as both teams scored 12 points in the second quarter. Sydney Herman, Lincolnwood's lone senior, netted four points in the quarter, while Cassie Krager added three. Avery Pope and Sophie Rainwater chipped in two points, with McClelland adding a free throw as the Lancers trailed 19-14 at the break.
The Raiders would build up an 11-point lead late in the third quarter, but Krager put in her sixth point of the quarter to cut the lead to nine, 29-20.
The Lancers hoped to carve into that lead in the final frame, but eight points from Mary Vogel, all off of steals by the Brussels guard, put the game out of reach.
The Lancers would be held to one point in the fourth quarter, a free throw by Katelyn Payne, as they finished off game number one.
Krager would lead the team in scoring with nine points, while Herman finished with four and McClelland added three. Pope and Rainwater would score two apiece, with Payne finishing with one.
In addition to those six, Jasmine Vickery, Lexie Millburg, Amanda Seelbach, Shelby Hattenbach, Haelee Damm and Cora Stevens also played in the Lancers return to the court.
Lincolnwood's next game will be on their home court as they host the North Greene Spartans on Monday, Dec. 2. While Litchfield played games at Lincolnwood during their co-op with the Lancers, next Monday's game will be the first at the Woodshed in nearly 35 years.
To celebrate the occasion, The Journal-News and its sister publication, The Raymond News, will be giving away free popcorn at the game. Game time for the JV is at 6:15 p.m., with the varsity to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.
November 25 at Brussels
Lincolnwood 2 12 6 1 - 21
Brussels 7 12 10 10 - 39
Lincolnwood (21) - Cassie Krager 9, Sydney Herman 4, Maggie McClelland 3, Avery Pope 2, Sophie Rainwater 2, Katelyn Payne 1. Totals: 9 (3-10) 21.
Brussels (39) - Mary Vogel 12, Emma Clark 12, Alyssa Bonner 8, Isabella Friedel 4, Tessa Clark 3. Totals: 18 (3-6) 39.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 0; Brussels 0.
Records: Lincolnwood (0-1); Brussels (1-3).