For Litchfield and Lincolnwood, Saturday night, Dec. 14, saw one streak come to an end as another streak would continue, as the Purple Panthers and Lancers squared off in the second annual T. Todt Shootout.
At the eight-game event in Raymond, the Purple Panthers four game win streak would come to a close and the Lancers would add a third game to their win streak as they would defeat the Purple Panthers 44-31. This game would have all the ingredients of a good ol' basketball rivalry as both teams would bring emotion to the court in search of defeating a fellow Montgomery County school.
Litchfield's defense has been the talk of the town throughout the early part of the season but the Lancers would be able to slice through that defense in the early minutes of this contest. Lincolnwood would jump out to an 8-2 lead in the opening with the help of Sam Herman's four points.
Litchfield, with a big three point basket from Blaine Stewart, would cut the Lancers lead in half and would narrow that lead to two points when Blake McGill connected on a field goal. The five point spurt by the Purple Panthers would drop the Lancers' lead to 8-7.
In the final minutes of the opening quarter the Lancers would be able to add one point to their lead as the Lancers would hold onto a 14-11 lead after one. Herman's first quarter would bring his name front and center in the scorebook as he connected on ten points in the opening quarter.
After a few adjustments between the quarters, the Purple Panthers defense would turn up their play a notch in the second quarter. The Purple Panthers would hold the Lancers to just five points in the quarter, but still would not have an answer to Herman as he netted three of the five points.
Litchfield's offense would counter the defensive effort as they would otuscore the Lancers 8-3 in the first four minutes of the quarter. The Litchfield run would give the Purple Panthers their first lead of the contest at 19-17.
A late basket by Herman would allow the Lancers to square the contest at 19 points apiece. Herman would lead all scorers in the first half with 13 points. Blaine Stewart would lead the Purple Panthers' balanced scoring with six points, as six Purple Panthers connected on points in the half.
After putting together a solid second quarter Litchfield would look to come out of the locker room with the same success. The Lancers though, would look to get back to the successful ways they had in the first quarter.
The Lancers would put together a solid defense effort in the third frame, holding the Purple Panthers offense to only one field goal and one free throw. The Lancers' offense would respond as they added 15 points to their total and blew open a 19-19 halftime score.
Will Jenkins would lead the Lancer tear in the quarter as he connected on two three-point baskets, netting six of the 15 points scored by the Lancers. The 15-4 third quarter would give the Lancers a 34-23 lead after three quarters of action.
In the final frame both the Purple Panthers and the Lancers would exchange points throughout the quarter. The Purple Panthers would be able to bring the Lancer lead back down to single digits early in the quarter when Anthony Boston connected on an old fashioned three-point play. The three points by Boston would narrow the Lancers lead to 36-28.
The nine-point deficit would be as close as the Purple Panthers would come to the lead. The Lancers would close out the contest with a 6-3 run, allowing Lincolnwood to claim a 44-31 victory.
Not allowing second chance points has been a strong point for the Purple Panthers during their win streak, but the Lancers were able to overcome that, claiming 14 second-chance points throughout the contest.
Litchfield's defense though would still create turnovers as the Lancers would be forced to turn over the basketball 20 times. The win would allow the Lancers to defeat two of their three Montgomery County opponents in back-to-back games.
Sam Herman, who was held to five points in the second half, led all scorers with 18 points. Blaine Stewart would lead the Purple Panthers with nine points.
The win for the Lancers would move their record to 4-4 overall as the Purple Panthers would fall to 5-4 overall.
December 14 at Raymond
T. Todt Shootout
Litchfield 11 8 4 8 31
Lincolnwood 14 5 15 10 44
Litchfield (31) - Blaine Stewart 9, John Corso 8, Austin Niehaus 5, Anthony Boston 4, Cameron Crow 2, Blake McGill 2, Chase Hires 1. Totals: 9 6-14 31.
Lincolnwood (44) - Sam Herman 18, Shawn Goebel 7, Will Jenkins 6, Cole Sidwell 5, Evan Hopper 4, Braxton Schmedeke 2, Devin Brown 2. Totals: 17 7-11 44.
Three-point field goals: Litchfield 3 (Stewart 3); Lincolnwood 3 (Jenkins 2, Sidwell 1).
Records: Lincolnwood (4-4); Litchfield (5-4).