Danville (6-3, 2-1 district) had survived scoring droughts of almost four minutes each in both the first and second quarters to trail just 27-20 at halftime. Lincoln (3-10, 0-2) fought off Danville's rally early in period three to keep a 34-25 lead and then kept its poise once the Admirals cut the deficit to 34-32.
The Patriots closed the quarter with an 8-1 run highlighted by two steals that turned into easy baskets when the Admirals tried to rest point guard Krystal Jackson in the final minute of the period.
Two free throws by Jamie Duncan with 6:49 left kept the lead at 44-36. Schommer was hit with a technical foul on the play, but Duncan missed both those free throws and the Ads turned the first of nine Lincoln turnovers in the fourth quarter into an easy basket by Monica Vonderbrink.
"We were in control and then we got out of our offense and they got going," Kolasa said. "They got us running up and down the court with them and we were not supposed to do that. We had five turnovers the first half, 17 the second half. That says it all."
The faster the game got, the better the Admirals shot. Renee Chiu scored inside before Vonderbrink and Jackson hit 3-point shots to give Danville a 46-44 lead. Another 3-pointer by Jackson pushed the advantage to 49-44 and Vonderbrink scored after a Jackson steal for a 51-49 lead.
Jackson, who had a game-high 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting, ended the 17-0 run that took just four minutes with a 17-foot shot that made it 53-44. Lincoln got its only field goal of the fourth quarter with 2:04 to play but went the rest of the game without scoring.
"We shot the ball well early and then got a little passive," the Danville coach said. "Being down nine points going into the fourth quarter gave us a needed sense of urgency. We still want to be the top seed in the district and knew if we didn't win this game we didn't have a chance to make that happen."
Neither team shot the ball well. Lincoln was 16-for-53 from the field, a 30 percent mark, and only 4-for-24 from 3-point range. The Patriots did go 10-for-14 at the foul line.
Danville was 21-for-54 overall from the field, but did make eight 3-point shots in 22 attempts, including three by Shatoniah Miller and two by Jackson.
"Maybe Jackson's 3-pointers surprised me a little, but you have to focus on taking away her penetration because she's so quick and she's going to get open outside shots," Kolasa said. "They are a better shooting team than some people think."
Danville also won the rebounding battle 37-30. Jessica Ryan had nine rebounds for Lincoln and Megan Pitts six while Vonderbink had eight and Jackson six for Danville. Vonderbrink and Jackson both also had five assists for the Admirals.
Miller, Vonderbrink and Chiu all had 10 points for Danville. Jenny Ralston led Lincoln with 14 points, but 12 came in the first half, and Duncan added 12.
"But the biggest number is that we won," the Danville coach said.