Lady Pats win Toyota Classic with sweep

Published 10:33 am Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Lincoln County girls basketball team completed its sweep of the Toyota Classic with a 65-52 victory over Simon Kenton Saturday at Scott County High School.

The Lady Patriots were the only team to go 3-0 in the round-robin event, collecting wins over host Scott County and George Rogers Clark before claiming the champion’s trophy with the Simon Kenton victory.

Maddy Boyle had 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting to lead the Lady Patriots as they sealed the sweep with their 12th win in a row. Kaitlynn Wilks had a double-double in the win, scoring 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds, and Haleigh Releford came off the bench to score 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting.

Lincoln (16-2) trailed only once in the game, 5-4. Mattie Vickers sank a free throw toss for the Lady Pioneers with 4:34 still to play in the first to give Simon Kenton its only lead. Unfortunately for Simon Kenton, the free throw would be the last point tallied by the Lady Pioneers until the 4:36 mark of the second quarter when Vickers sank another free throw to end the scoring drought.

Meanwhile, Lincoln’s offense was on a roll, outscoring Simon Kenton 20-0. Wilks started the run with a three-point play, Boyle followed with a 3-pointer, Wilks went back to the line for a foul shot and Boyle added a layup. Releford closed the first quarter with a putback for a 15-5 Lady Pat lead. Wilks opened the second-quarter scoring with a bucket, Boyle added a 3-pointer and layup and Shearer also drove inside to extend the margin to 24-5.

Morgan Stamper, who led Simon Kenton with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting, and Maggi Jones, who had 15 points on 6-for-19 shooting, both had a field goal in the first three minutes of the first quarter. The Lady Pioneers would not score their next field goal until just 3:31 remained in the first half. Vickers, who had 11 points, nailed a 3-pointer to end the string of misses and make it a 24-9 ballgame.

The Lady Pioneers never threatened the Lady Pat lead in the second as Lincoln closed on another run, a 13-4 surge. Releford rang up two 3-pointers in the run and Shearer had a 3 and a layup and Napier hit a jumper to make it 37-13 at the half.

Simon Kenton would outpoint Lincoln in the second half, however, the 39-28 margin was not enough to overcome the Lady Patriots’ early lead.

Lincoln took a 51-29 lead into the fourth quarter. Simon Kenton had its highest offensive effort in the final frame, outscoring Lincoln 23-14.

The Lady Pats shot 49.1 percent from the field in the win, going 27-for-55 overall, 6-for-12 from 3. They were 5-for-6 from the foul line.

The Lady Pioneers shot 32.7 percent from field in the win, going 17-for-52 overall, 5-for-21 from 3. At the line, they were 13-for-26.

The two teams were even on the boards at 33. King had seven rebounds for Lincoln and Releford had six. Simon Kenton was led by Stamper with nine rebounds.

Toyota Classic
At Scott Co.

Simon Kenton 5 8 16 23 – 52
Lincoln 15 22 14 14 – 65

SIMON KENTON (11-8) – Alexis Baker 3, Maggi Jones 15, Mattie Vickers 11, Morgan Stamper 17, Sereniti Webb 4, Kady Schawe 2.

LINCOLN (16-2) – Emma King 7, Kaitlynn Wilks 15, Maddy Boyle 20, Trinity Shearer 7, Zaria Napier 4, Lydia Rice 2, Haleigh Releford 10.