For the second time this season, the Litchfield Lady Panthers defeated the Nokomis Lady Redskins, but as was the case in their first meeting, the Skins didn't go down without a fight.
Nokomis held a 10-8 lead after the first quarter against the hosts of the Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament, but the Lady Panthers would rally back and outscore Nokomis in each of the next four frames to score a 46-33 victory and remain perfect in tournament play.
Nokomis would feed freshman Audrey Sabol in the opening eight minutes to help build their lead as the young forward scored six of Nokomis' ten points.
Sabol would have another big quarter in the second, scoring seven of Nokomis' ten points, but the Lady Panthers spread the ball around and took a 22-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Both teams would hit a pair of threes in the third quarter, with Mia Fesser and Addison Dangbar hitting for Nokomis and Cara Pence knocking down two for Litchfield, but it would be two old-fashioned three-point plays that would boost the Panthers. Carson Jackson and Becky Painter both made shots they were fouled on and hit the ensuing free throw as Litchfield led 36-29 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, the Panthers would ratchet up the defense, holding Nokomis to just four points and getting four free throws from Painter to sew up the 13-point win.
Painter would lead Litchfield with 12 points, nine of which came in the second half. The rest of the scoring was balanced between Emily Senjan (nine), Madison Diamond (seven) and the trio of Carson Jackson, Cara Pence and Carly Boden, who all had six apiece.
Nokomis was led by Sabol, who had 13 of her 15 points in the first quarter, and a team best 11 rebounds. Macee Eisenbarth and Mia Fesser would have six each, while Addison Dangbar (five) and Hailey Engelman (one) rounded out the scoring.
The two teams could meet once more this season as both are playing in the Carlinville Holiday Tournament after Christmas.
November 29 at Litchfield
Litchfield Thanksgiving Tournament
Nokomis 10 10 9 4 33
Litchfield 8 14 14 10 46
Nokomis (33) - Audrey Sabol 15, Macee Eisenbarth 6, Mia Fesser 6, Addison Dangbar 5, Hailey Engelman 1. Totals: 12 6-9 33.
Litchfield (46) - Becky painter 12, Emily Senjan 9, Madison Diamond 7, Carson Jackson 6, Cara Pence 6, Carly Boden 6. Totals: 16 10-15 46.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 3 - Fesser 2, Dangbar 1; Litchfield 4 - Pence 2, Jackson 1, Painter 1.
Records: Nokomis (1-3); Litchfield (5-0).