It was a team effort on Thursday night for the Lynchburg girls basketball team as they hosted Southern Hills Athletic Conference opponent Whiteoak. Every single play got into the scoring column which helped the Lady Mustangs secure the 80-31 victory.
Sarah Rosselott for Lynchburg-Clay led all scores with 22 on the night while Courtney Cummings led the Lady ‘Cats with eight points.
Even though the Lynchburg squad was outscored in the second quarter by the Lady ‘Cats, they were in control of the game the whole night. Their overwhelming man-to-man defense held the Whiteoak team to single digit quarters in all but one, and even held Whiteoak scoreless in the third.
The game started with the Lady Mustangs going on a 25-0 run. It didn’t look as if the Whiteoak team was going to be able to get in the scoring column. Then, with 1:04 left to go, Maggie Carr was sent to the free throw line after being fouled on a layup attempt and cashed in, making both free throws and putting the Lady ‘Cats on the board. With 39 seconds to go, Whiteoak tallied another two points on the scoreboard when Emily Stratton scored on a layup to make the score 25-4, but Lynchburg got the last shot in when Madison Creighton drained a jumper for two points with five seconds left to put the Lady Mustangs up 27-4 after the first quarter of play.
The Lady ‘Cats made up some ground in the second, outscoring Lynchburg 18-11 in the eight minutes of play and the two team went into halftime with a score of 38-22.
The third quarter was the story of the night as the Lady Mustangs came out on a run that didn’t end until the buzzer sounded, literally. The Lynchburg girls scored 26 points to Whiteoak’s zero and MaKayla Binkley threw up a three pointer from well behind the line as the buzzer sounded that found nothing but net and Lynchburg ended the quarter up 64-22.
The Whiteoak team was able to put nine points up on the board in the fourth quarter, but the game was well out of reach for them and Lynchburg won 80-31.
“It was good to get back into the gym tonight, although, it wasn’t the result we were looking for,” Lady ‘Cats coach Mike Cooper said after the loss. “We haven’t been in a gym for a weel because of school closings due to the weather days.”
“Whitney [Lewis] does a great job with her team,” Cooper continued. “They play a really good man-to-man and they shot the ball extremely well tonight. We have a lot of work to do, and we’ll continue to come in and work and get ready for the tournament.”
The night was also Lychburg’s annual parent night for the girls basketball team. Parents were honored in a short ceremony as well seniors from both teams.
“Tonight was parent night for us and I want to, again, thank all the parents for what the do during the season,” Coach Whitney Lewis said after the win. “We have one senior, Sarah Rosselott, and she had 22 points tonight. So a pretty big night for her. She is a leader on our team, a leader on the floor, and we’re going to miss her next year. It was important for us to get a win tonight for her. Once again, we played good defense tonight and everyone contributed.”
The Lady ‘Cats will play their last game of the season when they travel to McClain on Saturday while the Lady Mustangs will play their first tournament game next Saturday, February 15th at 4:30 at Valley High School.
Check out our website tomorrow for full game story or pick up a copy of Saturday’s Times-Gazette.
LCHS – 27 11 26 16 – 80
WHS – 4 18 0 9 – 31
Lynchburg: Rosselott 8 (1) 3/4 – 22, M. Binkley 5 (1) – 13, Fittro 1(3) 1/1 – 12, Little 4 3/4 – 11, H. Binkley 1 (1) 2/2 – 7, Creighton 2 1/4 – 5, Wills (1) – 3, Waits (1) – 3, Thiel 1 – 2, Leininger 1 – 2. Totals: 23 (8) 10/15 – 80.
Whiteoak: Cummings 4 – 8, Gorman 3 – 6, Wardlow 3 0/1 – 6, Lehr 2 1/2 – 5, Carr 1 2/2 – 4, Stratton 1 – 2. Totals: 14 3/5 – 31.
Robert Stegbauer is a staff reporter for the Times-Gazette. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @RStegbauer.