Boyle (4-0) has now beaten both Danville and Lincoln County to go 2-0 in 45th District play, but it is the way the Rebels are playing that has coach Judie Mason excited.
"We spot them an 8-0 lead and lost our top scorer with foul trouble early in the game, but this team showed how much they have matured over the course of the year," Mason said. "Last year they would have lost this game by 30 points. This year is different. Ashley Chalk stepped up and played outstanding when Allie went out of the game."
After Lincoln raced to the quick lead, Boyle outscored the Patriots 15-2 the rest of the period, holding Lincoln to only two points in the final six and a half minutes of the frame. Sophomore Sarah Hall scored five points while Amber MIlls and Chalk scored four each to give Boyle a 15-10 lead after one period.
Caulk scored six more points as Boyle went on a 14-4 scoring run to begin the second quarter to lead 29-15.
Rebels lead by five at half
Following a second timeout, Lincoln went on a run of its own as senior Jenny Ralston scored eight points in the final three minutes and the Patriots cut Boyle's lead to 31-26 at the half.
The Rebels hit only five shots in the third period, but three came on 3-pointers from Mills. Boyle took only a five-point lead into the final stanza as buckets by Ralston and Shawna Noakes trimmed the lead to 45-40.
"We clawed back and got close, but I don't know if you could say we ever threatened to make it a game," Kolasa said. "Every time we would get close they would hit a 3. We spent a day on covering the corners, and with the game on the line, we didn't do it. I didn't think they would ever miss a free throw in the fourth quarter. We had to take out chances and hope they would eventually miss one, but to their credit they made them."
Mason was pleased with the way her team played down the stretch.
"The kids didn't panic when they made their run, and that comes down to having played in the system for a year," the Boyle coach said. "We want to press and double-team and that leads to turnovers. That's the style we want to play."
Lincoln played the final five minutes without Ralston, who injured her knee in a collision on the defensive end of the floor.
"We are hoping she is okay, but it looks like she hyperextended it," Kolasa said.
Boyle connected on 18 of 51 shots for 35 percent and 26 of 30 free throws while Lincoln (2-4) canned 13 of 41 shots for 31 percent and 21 of 28 free tosses. Lincoln outrebounded Boyle 34-32 as Jenny Jones led the Patriots with eight. Cassie Anderson led Boyle and all rebounders with 11. Lincoln finished with 29 turnovers compared to 16 for Boyle.
LINCOLN (2-4) - Jenny Ralston 13, Jessica Ryan 2, Jenny Jones 7, Shawna Noakes 8, Megan Pitts 15, Amber Statham 8.
BOYLE (4-0) - Ashley Chalk 17, Cassie Anderson 10, Amber Mills 17, Allie Hafley 15, Sarah McCann 2, Sarah Hall 5, Carol Ann Buchanan 2.