After an opening round loss to Litchfield on Dec. 26, the Nokomis Lady Redskins headed to Carlinville for the second day in a row to battle the hosts of the tournament, the Lady Cavaliers, on Friday, Dec. 27.
Knowing Carlinville was one of the more skilled squads in the tournament, the Skins knew there was little room for error during the match-up.
The first quarter for the Lady Skins was potentially their best of the game. They were getting offensive and defensive rebounds, as well as making their shots. They trailed the Cavaliers 14-10 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was a different story for the Skins. In fact, it seemed to be their downfall.
They were outscored by the Lady Cavaliers by 16. The Cavaliers led the Skins 34-14 going into the locker room at half.
With lack of confidence and hanging heads, the Skins needed to pick up their play all the way around. The Skins started to play with intensity, out-rebound the Cavaliers and stop the Carlinville guards from shooting, but because of the second quarter, they were now dug into a hole they couldn’t escape. They were defeated 49-34.
Audrey Sabol led the team in points and rebounds. She had 11 points and nine rebounds. Hailey Engelman also added seven points herself.
Nokomis vs. Staunton
The Lady Redskins were on the road again to play the Staunton Bulldogs for their third game in the Carlinville Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28.
They were battling Staunton for the second time of the season. The Bulldogs were seeking revenge against the Skins after being defeated by them the first time.
The first half started out rough for the Skins. The Bulldogs were getting every rebound and their defense made the Skins turn the ball over multiple times. They were trailing Staunton 9-4 at the end of the first.
Coming out in the second quarter, the Skins seemed to be a whole new team. They dominated the court, had multiple break away layups and started to get offensive and defensive rebounds.
Their second quarter intensity made up for the lack of hustle in the first quarter. They only trailed the Bulldogs by one at half, 18-17.
Coming out at half, the Bulldogs quickly scored three buckets to take the lead, but with an offensive rebound and put-back on the Skins' end and a needed three knocked down by Natalie Engelman, the Skins quickly tied the ball game up 24 to 24.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs scored a last minute two-pointer making the score 26 to 24 at the end of the third quarter.
With Redskin players in foul trouble and the Bulldogs dominating on the boards, Staunton quickly took the lead and ran with it. They defeated the Redskins 35 to 27.
Macee Eisenbarth assisted the team with ten points and eight rebounds, while Audrey Sabol added nine rebounds and Natalie Engelman added five points herself.
The Skins will play Bunker Hill for seventh in their final game of the tournament on Dec. 30, at noon in the Carlinville Middle School gym.
December 27 at Carlinville
Carlinville Holiday Tournament
Nokomis 10 4 5 15 34
Carlinville 14 20 9 6 49
Nokomis (34) - Audrey Sabol 11, Hailey Engelman 7, Macee Eisenbarth 6, Emma Sneddon 3, Addison Dangbar 3, Mia Fesser 2, Jayme Johnson 2. Totals: 13 5-9 34.
Carlinville (49) - Gracie Reels 11, Elise Baker 9, Sarah DeNeve 8, Jill Stayton 6, Eryn Seal 5, Corin Stewart 4, Haley Wills 4, Lillie Reels 2. Totals: 15 16-22 49.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 3 (Sneddon 1, Engelman 1, Dangbar 1); Carlinville 3 (Stayton 2, DeNeve 1).
December 28 at Carlinville
Carlinville Holiday Tournament
Nokomis 4 13 7 3 27
Staunton 9 9 8 9 35
Nokomis (27) - Macee Eisenbarth 10, Audrey Sabol 6, Natalie Engelman 5, Mia Fesser 4, Emily Cress 2. Totals: 11 4-12 27.
Staunton (35) - Haris Legendre 12, Abby Davis 8, Hollie Bekeske 5, Brooke Kinder 4, Katie Masinelli 3, Analise Best 3. Totals: 10 13-24 35.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 1 (Engelman 1); Staunton 2 (Davis 1, Best 1).
Record: Nokomis (5-9).