Carly Boden, Carson Jackson and Emily Senjan played their last high school game in Simmons Gym last Thursday, Feb. 6, and it ended on a positive note for the Litchfield Lady Panthers as they handed Roxana a 45-24 loss.
The night was without a junior varsity contest so the three seniors and their parents were introduced and presented with parting gifts by members of the team prior to the start of the varsity game. All three seniors are starters for the Lady Panthers and each has played all four years for Head Coach Rob Corso.
The win over the Shells pushed Litchfield’s season record to 15-13 heading into their final game of the 2019-20 season at Hardin Calhoun on Feb. 8. They begin post season play this evening at Carlinville High School when they meet Pittsfield at 6 p.m., with the winner moving on to a Wednesday match-up with Petersburg PORTA. A regional champion will be crowned Friday night at 7 p.m. and will then move on to the Greenville Sectional.
In Thursday night’s game, Litchfield controlled the opening tip and with the Shells in a zone defense, Emily Senjan threaded a pass to Cara Pence and it was quickly 2-0 Panthers.
A defensive pick by Senjan and a three ball from Pence and the score jumped to 5-0. Roxana got on the scoreboard off a ball screen that freed up Olivia Mouser, who made the basket and was fouled. After converting the free throw, the Shells trailed 5-3.
Becky Painter provided the next three points for Litchfield as she blew by the defense for a layup and was fouled. Cloe Copeland scored for Roxana and for the next two minutes, neither team could score, but Carson Jackson finally stepped into a three and it was 11-5 Panthers.
Maddie Diamond would hit from eight feet and push the lead to 13-5 but Mouser answered for Roxana with a bucket and the bonus.
The offense for Litchfield ghosted in the second period as the Panthers did not score from the floor but got a free throw from Senjan and three from Pence. Luckily the Roxana offense was just as deficient as Copeland sank a free throw at the midway point of the quarter. A two point basket from Alyssa Luck at 3:31 helped Roxana reduce their deficit to seven at the half.
Both teams produced their highest point totals of the game in the third period as Litchfield posted 18, nine of which belonged to Senjan, while Roxana scored 13.
The period began with a Painter to Boden connection for two that extended the Panther lead to 20-11 but Mouser answered with a bucket. Carson Jackson found her range from three-point land followed by a driving layup from Copeland.
After a steal, Senjan scored and was fouled but missed the bonus. Luck’s basket cut the Panther lead to eight but it was Senjan again who dropped in another two and the lead was 10. Mouser found a crease in the Panther defense and scored and after a Litchfield miss rebounded by the Shells, Mouser rebounded her own miss and put it back for two.
Trailing 27-21, Litchfield turned the ball over to Roxana and the favor was returned as Roxana relinquished possession. Back-to-back three pointers from Senjan and Riley Winfree kept the Litchfield lead at six with 1:47 left in the quarter and it was Litchfield who scored the last four points when Boden slipped the Shell defense for two and Senjan registered another steal and basket as the period ended 36-24 in favor of the purple and white.
It was lights out for Roxana in the final eight minutes of play as they failed to score a single point while Litchfield tallied nine, including a second triple from Senjan, and single baskets from Pence, Painter and Boden.
Emily Senjan finished the game as the scoring leader with 13 points, three steals and two rebounds. Cara Pence grabbed 17 of Litchfield’s 39 rebounds, scored ten points, dished out seven assists and had a defensive pick. Carson Jackson had eight points, seven rebounds and a steal.
Litchfield connected for 5-of-17 three-point field goals and 12-of-27 two-point baskets. They converted 6-of-11 free throws and recorded seven defensive steals.
For Roxana, the Shells were 10-of-40 from the floor and 3-of-8 from the free throw line. They connected for 9-of-36 two-point baskets and connected on just one of four three-point baskets. They had 26 rebounds.
February 6 at Litchfield
Litchfield 13 5 18 9 45
Roxana 8 3 13 0 24
Litchfield (45) - Emily Senjan 13, Cara Pence 10, Carson Jackson 8, Carly Boden 6, Becky Painter 5, Maddie Diamond 2. Totals: 17 6-11 45.
Roxana (24) - Olivia Mouser 12, Cloe Copeland 5, Alyssa Luck 4, Riley Winfree 3. Totals: 10 3-8 24.
Three-point field goals: Litchfield 4, (Emily Senjan 2, Carson Jackon 1, Cara Pence 1). Roxana 1, (Riley Winfree 1).
Records: Litchfield (15-13, 2-6); Roxana (4-19, 0-8).
After pinning a 24-point loss on the Roxana Shells last Thursday evening on senior night, the LitchfieldLady Panthers trekked to Hardin Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8, for their last game of the regular season and it was not the outcome they had hoped for as the Calhoun Warriors prevailed 52-43 in a close game that was decided in the fourth quarter.
Leading 37-35 at the end of the third quarter, the Warriors outscored their guests 15-8 down the stretch due greatly in part to Colleen Schumann who scored 13 points in the final eight minutes of play and finished the night as the scoring leader with 25 points. Carson Jackson was the scoring leader for Litchfield with 17 points.
Fittingly, Schumann scored the first and last baskets in the decisive period with a triple a third two pointer and four free throws sandwiched between.
Both teams played to a 10-10 tie after the first quarter. Calhoun grabbed a 5-0 lead off a two point basket from Emily Clowers and a three pointer from Schumann. Carly Boden’s inside two broke the ice for Litchfield but Schumann struck again from beyond the arc and it was 8-2 Warriors. Carson Jackson hit her first of two treys in the period and Clowers added another deuce. The next five points belonged to the Panthers as Jackson netted another three and Maddie Diamond scored after a steal by Painter.
The second quarter opened with a three-point miss by Cara Pence but an offensive rebound resulted in a basket by Painter to give Litchfield a 12-10 advantage that ballooned to 15-10 following a basket and one by Jackson. Schumann’s free throw cut the Panther lead to four and a two by Clowers and a three by Hill returned the lead to 16-15 in favor of Calhoun.
Schumann and Clowers added four more points before Jackson answered for the Panthers. Presley hit from deep for the Warriors but Maddie Diamond kept the Calhoun lead to three with a deuce.
The Panthers missed a golden opportunity to score again after a steal by Diamond but Jackson couldn’t get her shot to drop, however she did get redemption at the free throw line late in the period and sank both to draw the score to 23-22 Calhoun.
The combo of Clowers and Schumann scored the last two points and Calhoun led 27-22 at the half.
Litchfield had a very productive third quarter as they outscored the Warriors 13-10 with Maddie Diamond setting the pace with six points. The Panthers also got points from Carly Boden with three and Senjan and Pence with two apiece. Litchfield led 35-34 when a Calhoun foul sent Senjan to the free throw line but neither would fall. Calhoun rebounded the miss and Hill would notch her second triple of the game to give the Warriors a 37-35 edge. Litchfield got two more looks at the basket but the lid closed.
Calhoun scored the first six points of fourth quarter and the Warrior lead was eight before Maddie Diamond hit for two and Jackson nailed a three. A steal by Cara Pence was nullified by a turnover and Schumann stepped up with her third three of the game and the Warrior lead was back to six. Ella Sievers tacked on two more for Calhoun and the eight point advantage turned to 10 when Schumann sank two free throws. Schumann scored again off a Litchfield turnover and Litchfield captured the last points of the game with a free throw from Senjan and points in the paint from Boden but the horn sounded with a 52-43 Calhoun win.
Litchfield was 17 of 45 from the floor (38%) and 5 of 8 from the free throw line (63%). They pulled down 25 rebounds with Cara Pence and Becky Painter each grabbing seven while Emily Senjan had six, Carson Jackson with three and Maddie Diamond two. Jackson was 5 of 11 from the floor including four three point field goals. She was a perfect 3 for 3 from the charity stripe. Maddie Diamond was 6 of 12 from the floor and finished with 12 points. Becky Painter scored only two points but she had eight assists and three steals.
The Calhoun Warriors shot 47% from the field (20 of 43) and went 6 of 14 from the free throw line (43%). They grabbed 33 rebounds.
February 8 at Hardin
Litchfield 10 12 13 8 43
Calhoun 10 17 10 15 52
Calhoun (52) - Colleen Schumann 25, Emily Clowers 10, Ella Sievers 6, Jaelyn Hill 6, Ashleigh Presley 3, Sydney Baalman 2. Totals: 20 6-14 52.
Litchfield (43) - Carson Jackson 17, Maddie Diamond 12, Carly Boden 7, Emily Senjan 3, Cara Pence 2, Becky Painter 2. Totals: 17 5-8 43.
Records: Calhoun (8-18, 1-5); Litchfield (15-4, 2-6).