After the TEAM Committee gave Lincolnwood fans 26,500 reasons to celebrate on Saturday, Dec. 21, the Lancer boys basketball team gave fans one more as they defeated Southwestern 47-35 in Raymond.
Prior to the Lancers fifth win of the season, Dana Pitchford presented Superintendent Aaron Hopper and Athletic Director Josh Stone with a check for $26,500, proceeds from the sixth annual golf tournament and the events surrounding the outing, which included the Trifecta Raffle, a meat raffle and other fundraisers.
As it has in the past, the funds will go to Lincolnwood athletic teams for items such as practice equipment, league fees and equipment for the fitness center at Lincolnwood High School.
Plans are already underway for the seventh annual event, which is held in memory of late Lincolnwood principal Chad Langheim. Next year’s playday will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Shoal Creek Golf Course in Raymond, with two 16-team flights going off at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. To reserve a team, contact Dana Pitchford, Josh Stone or Matt Millburg.
After the TEAM festivities, the Lancers went right to work in securing win number five, with Cole Sidwell hitting a three 50 seconds in to give the Lancers a 3-2 lead. The two teams would trade buckets throughout the first, before Jhadyn Walker pulled down an offensive rebound in the final minute and got a putback to give the Lancers a 10-9 first quarter lead.
Lincolnwood would hold their lead throughout the first four minutes of the second quarter, with Walker, Shawn Goebel and Evan Hopper all finding their way to the hoop, but Southwestern would get five quick points from Keegan Rowell to take their first lead in almost five minutes of play. A pair of free throws from Addis Moore, who had six points in the quarter, would extend Southwestern’s lead to 23-19 going into the locker rooms at the half.
Coming out of the break, Will Jenkins wasted little time in decreasing that lead as he hit a three on the Lancers’ first possession to cut the margin to one.
Southwestern would add a free throw by Brady Salzman, but would be held scoreless for the next two minutes as the Lancers went on an 11-0 run.
Working the ball inside, Sam Herman, Evan Hopper and Jhadyn Walker all scored in the run, with Shawn Goebel also adding an old fashioned three-point play for good measure.
The run gave the Lancers a 33-24 lead, before Moore answered with a stepback three and a cut through the lane to decrease the margin back to four points.
Goebel gave his team a boost at the end of the quarter though, scoring on a jumper, then adding a free throw with 25 seconds left after Moore picked up his fourth foul of the game to make it 36-29.
The Lancers quashed any comeback hopes for the Piasa Birds in the first half of the fourth quarter, holding them to just two points. Herman, Walker and Hopper continued to work underneath for the Lancers, scoring eight points to make it a 44-31 game.
The two teams would trade points in the final moments as both coaches went to their benches and the Lancers came away with the 12-point win, 47-35.
Walker would lead a balanced Lincolnwood offense with 10 points. While the Morrisonville junior was the only player in double figures for Lincolnwood, four others had at least six points, with Goebel adding nine, Herman and Hopper chipping in eight each and Will Jenkins adding six. Braxton Schmedeke and Cole Sidwell rounded out the scoring for Lincolnwood with a three-pointer each.
Southwestern would be led by Addis Moore with 15, Keegan Rowell with 12 and Gavin Day with eight. All of Rowell’s points would come in the first half as the Piasa Birds were held to just 12 points in the second half.
The win was a welcome sight after the Lancers saw a victory slip away the night before against South County. Playing on the Vipers’ home floor in Franklin, Lincolnwood outscored South County 16-12 in the fourth quarter to narrowly lose 41-39.
The two teams would be tied at halftime, 17-17, after flip-flopping quarters, with South County outscoring Lincolnwood 11-6 in the first, only to have the Lancers return the favor in the second.
The Vipers would double up Lincolnwood in the third quarter though, outscoring the Lancers 12-6 with Braden Whalen and Sam Herman the only Lancers to find the bottom of the net.
Coach Matt Millburg’s club would put up a valiant fight in the final eight minutes to try and overcome the deficit, led by Shawn Goebel’s nine fourth quarter points, but South County would hold on for the win.
Goebel would finish the game with 11, while Sam Herman added seven and Evan Hopper and Cole Sidwell had five each. Braden Whalen would finish with four, followed by Will Jenkins with three and Jhadyn Walker and Devin Brown with two apiece.
Lincolnwood’s next game will be at the other half of the South County co-op as they play in the 69th annual Waverly Holiday Tournament. The Lancers are the 12th seed in the 16-team tournament and will play fourth seeded New Berlin in their tournament opener on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The tournament continues throughout the holiday week, with the championship and medal round games set for Monday, Dec. 30.
December 20 at Franklin
Lincolnwood 6 11 6 16 39
South County 11 6 12 12 41
Lincolnwood (39) - Shawn Goebel 11, Sam Herman 7, Evan Hopper 5, Cole Sidwell 5, Braden Whalen 4 Will Jenkins 3, Jhadyn Walker 2, Devin Brown 2. Totals: 14 8-17 39.
South County (41) - Luke Schumacher 14, Jackson Smith 12, Seger Brown 8, Grant Marshall 3, Matt Crow 2, Brenton Duffie 2. Totals: 12 13 23-13 41.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 3 (Jenkins 1, Hopper 1, Sidwell 1); South County 4 (Schumacher 2, Smith 1, Marshall 1).
December 21 at Raymond
Southwestern 9 14 6 6 35
Lincolnwood 10 9 17 11 47
Southwestern (35) - Addis Moore 15, Keegan Rowell 12, Gavin Day 8, Brady Salzman 1. Totals: 13 5-7 35.
Lincolnwood (47) - Jhadyn Walker 10, Shawn Goebel 9, Sam Herman 8, Evan Hopper 8, Will Jenkins 6, Braxton Schmedeke 3, Cole Sidwell 3. Totals: 19 5-9 47.
Three-point field goals: Southwestern 4 (Rowell 3, Moore 1); Lincolnwood 4 (Jenkins 2, Schmedeke 1, Sidwell 1).
Records: Lincolnwood (5-5); Southwestern (2-8).