A Paige Bybee 3-pointer with 1:02 left helped the Lincoln girls basketball team pick up its first win of the season, beating the Northwest Lady Mustangs 45-40 in the first round of the Kaysinger Conference girls basketball tournament on Friday night at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
Bybee’s basket broke a 39-all tie, and the Lady Cardinals never looked back.
“I passed it to Sloan (Swearngin) and I knew either she was going to take it to the basket or I was,” Bybee said. “She made the right decision passing it back out. I didn’t think twice. I was hoping for the best. I took it and it put us up.”
After Bybee’s basket, Allison Spunaugle added a basket inside, and Northwest could not answer.
Lincoln jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead before Northwest tied the game early in the second quarter.
Lincoln led 22-20 at the half and had a 31-28 lead late in the third until a Jessi Zimmerman layup cut the lead to one.
The teams traded the lead in the fourth quarter. Northwest led 38-35 following a pair of Alyssa Durrill free throws, but Lincoln tied the game when Bybee hit the first of two free throws and Spunaugle grabbed the offensive rebound of the second free throw and scored on a putback.
“We had some kids in foul trouble, so we had to do a little shuffling, offense to defense,” Lincoln coach John Crull said. “I thought they did a good job of executing the stuff we needed to do.”
Swearngin led Lincoln with 13 points. Bybee finished with 10.
Zimmerman led Northwest with 22 points. Durrill scored eight.
Lincoln (1-16) will face No. 2 seed Tipton at 4 p.m. Saturday in the second round.
Northwest will face either Stover or Cole Camp at 7:30 p.m. Monday in a consolation game.
La Monte 54, Green Ridge 36
The La Monte Lady Vikings used a strong second quarter and a full-court press to beat Green Ridge 54-36 in the Kaysinger Conference girls basketball tournament on Friday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
The Lady Vikings closed the first half with an 8-0 run to build a 29-14 lead at the half.
“My assistant coach (Jerri DeMotte) did a good job of calling out the press,” said La Monte coach Manuel Lujan. “In my mind, I’m wondering if we have fresh legs, if we can handle it. We can. They can handle a lot more than they think. I was pleased overall with the way it came out.”
Neither team had practiced in a week due to the snow, and there was some rust early on.
“Our girls came out and they looked like they hadn’t practiced in a while,” said Green Ridge coach Jason Cannon. “I know (La Monte) is in the same boat, but they were a little more hungry than we were, and I think that’s what it boiled down to.”
Cathy Butts led La Monte with 13 points. Katie Patrick added eight.
Samantha Unkel scored 20 points for Green Ridge. BreAnna Peck added 13.
La Monte (10-9) will face No. 1 seed Windsor at 7 p.m. Saturday in the second round.
Green Ridge (3-17) will face either Sacred Heart or Smithton at 4:30 p.m. Monday in a consolation game.
Tipton 70 Versailles 46
The Tipton Lady Cardinals beat Versailles 70-46 in a nonconference girls basketball game on Friday.
The Lady Cardinals led by 18 at the half and stretched it to 30 points by the end of the third.
Caroline Combs led Tipton with 21 points. Ashton Pace added 20 and Layne Koechner had 10. Angela Petree had six assists.
Tipton (13-5) will face Lincoln in the Kaysinger Conference tournament on Saturday.
Applewood Christian 51, Lebanon 27
Applewood Christian beat a home-school team from Lebanon 51-27 on Thursday.
Applewood Christian led 16-7 after one quarter before Lebanon closed the gap to 24-21 at halftime., 41-26
“We pressed to open the game, took the press off and they hit a few shots and came back,” said coach Tom Crosier.
Applewood Christian pressed again in the third quarter and outscored Lebanon 16-5 in the third.
Miranda Crosier had 19 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Meredith Crosier had 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Applewood Christian (12-4) will host Springfield Rush on Tuesday.