The South Fork Ponies spoiled a career night by Lincolnwood senior Cassie Krager on Monday, Feb. 8, by taking a 52-33 victory over the Lady Lancers basketball team in Kincaid.
Krager had 17 points in the loss, matching Lincolnwood’s total output from their opening game and eclipsing her personal best, set in the opening game of last year, by eight points.
Of her 17 points, 11 came in the first half as the Lancers pressured the Ponies and put themselves in good position for the program’s first win since restablishing last year, ending a 34-year absence of girls basketball from Lincolnwood.
Avery Pope connected with five points in the opening quarter and Krager and Maggie McClelland added in three points each as the Lancers trailed by just two points, 13-11, after the opening eight minutes.
Lincolnwood would claim the lead early in the second quarter with a three by McClelland to make it 14-13, before Mia Pop answered with a three of her own to push the Ponies back out in front.
Another three, this time by Taryn Millburg three minutes into the quarter, moved Lincolnwood out in front again, but again South Fork answered, getting back-to-back baskets to push their lead to 20-17 at the midway point of the second quarter.
Krager would try to keep the score close, getting two baskets and sinking 3-of-4 free throws in the final three minutes of the half, but South Fork escaped the threat with a 33-25 halftime lead.
Neither team would light up the scoreboard in the third quarter, with the South Fork’s Jenna Pop and Krager trading baskets for the only four points of the frame.
Eight points would be as close as the Lady Lancers would get in the fourth quarter though, as South Fork pulled away late for the 19-point win.
Krager would tack on four more points in the fourth quarter for her career-best night, which helped give the Lancers their second highest point total in the last two seasons. Her 17 points was also the most by a Lincolnwood girls basketball player since Cindy Stewart set the school scoring record with 38 against Hillsboro in 1985.
Maggie McClelland, who had the other two fourth quarter points, added eight points, while Avery Pope also had a career-best five points. Taryn Millburg finished out the scoring for Lincolnwood, getting her first three points of her varsity career.
Lincolnwood was scheduled to play at Springfield Lutheran on Thursday, Feb. 11, but that game was rescheduled for Mar. 2, due to COVID-19 protocols. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Lady Lancers will host Pawnee at 11:15 a.m., with the Lincolnwood seniors scheduled to be honored at halftime of the JV game.
February 8 at Kincaid
Lincolnwood 11 14 2 6 33
South Fork 13 20 2 17 52
Lincolnwood (33) - Cassie Krager 17, Maggie McClelland 8, Avery Pope 5, Taryn Millburg 3. Totals: 11 6-12 33.
South Fork (52) - Riley Burney 14, Gianna Pop 13, Mia Pop 12, Emily Peacock 5, Jenna Pop 4 Brianne Drnjevic 2, Halie McEntire 2. Totals: 20 9-27 52.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 5 (McClelland 2, Krager 1, Pope 1); South Fork 3 (M. Pop 2, G. Pop 1).
Records: Lincolnwood (0-2), South Fork (1-0).