Danville girls earn top district seed with win over Lincoln

February 08, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

STANFORD - It was a good spot for a bad game, but the Danville girls knew they couldn't afford one.

Instead of regressing after their loss in the All "A" Classic less than 48 hours earlier, the Admirals refocused and reached their next goal by beating Lincoln County 58-55 Friday night.

The victory gave Danville, 12-5 overall and 4-1 in district play entering Saturday's game with Boyle County, the No. 1 seed in the 45th District Tournament for the first time, and guard Monica Vonderbrink said that was motivation enough.

"We've never been No. 1 before," Vonderbrink said. "I'd say it's something we've thought about a lot. It made us want to come in here and play harder."


"To their credit, they didn't come out flat, and I think that's a sign of maturity," Lincoln coach John Kolasa said.

That's just what Danville coach Justin Schommer was looking for.

"That's the first thing we talked about after the game Wednesday," Schommer said. "We have some big district games this week, and we still have something to shoot for.

"They always come out mentally tough. That's something different this year: They've been able to put one game behind them and focus on the next game."

The Admirals earned their most recent road win by starting strong and finishing strong. They got the jump on Lincoln (7-14, 2-4) in the first quarter, then recovered after the Patriots rallied in the second half.

Vonderbrink led Danville with 14 points, and her last basket gave the Admirals the lead for good at 52-51 with 3:25 to play after Lincoln led for the last time on back-to-back 3-pointers by Jenny Ralston and Kendra Garris.

"We regrouped," Vonderbrink said. "We got together and told each other this was an important game and we needed to remain focused and get our seniors in control."

Lincoln had two chances to tie the game in last 35 seconds

Lincoln stayed within reach and had two chances to tie the game with a 3-pointer in the last 35 seconds but couldn't convert.

"We scrapped back and played hard, but we came up a little short," Kolasa said. "It feels like I've said that all year. I still like the way we bounced back and fought to get in the game."

Lincoln erased most of Danville's 31-18 halftime lead with a 14-2 run at the start of the second half.

Danville raced to a 13-6 lead in the first four minutes and was in control throughout the first half thanks largely to its ability to do something it couldn't do in the All "A" Classic: rebound.

The Admirals had 13 rebounds in the first quarter, the same number they got in all four quarters Wednesday against Covington Holy Cross.

"We focused a lot on rebounding," Vonderbrink said. "Basically, finding one person was all we had to do. It shows if you actually do the fundamentals of the game."

Danville outrebounded Lincoln 22-11 in the first half and 36-35 overall. Krystal Jackson led the way with 12 rebounds to go with 13 points and eight assists, and Vonderbrink had 11 rebounds.

Jenny Jones had eight re-bounds and Jessica Ryan had seven for Lincoln.

Jenny Ralston led the Patriots with 15 points and five assists, and Jones added 11 points, while Shatoniah Miller had 12 points for Danville.

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