The Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs basketball team got off to a slow start on Monday night but picked it up in a big way as they defeated the Hillsboro Lady Indians 72-31 for their fifth straight win of the season.
The Lady Mustangs, with the win, are now outscoring their opponents a staggering 341-147 on the season.
As mentioned, the Lady Mustangs got off to a slow start against their opponents but were the first to strike when Peyton Scott made a three pointer 21 seconds into the game. Hillsboro followed that up with a two points of their own from from the charity stripe from their leading scorer Madison Snyder. Scott and Snyder traded two points again over the next two minutes to bring the score to 5-4 in favor of Lynchburg. Then the Lynchburg girls were able to get things going and their press started causing problems for the Lady Indians and they scored nine unanswered points before Hillsboro’s Snyder could get a basket for her team with 2:31 left in the first. Neither team scored the remainder of the quarter and the score stuck at 14-6.
Both teams scored the same exact amount in the second quarter as they did the first, and the Lady Mustangs went into the half leading their opponents 28-12.
The fourth quarter was the turning point for both teams as Lynchburg stepped its game up both on the offensive side and on defense. They only allowed Hillsboro to score twice for two, and only two of those points came from baskets. Hillsboro was able to make two free throws as well. After the third quarter, Lynchburg had jumped out to a 53-16 lead.
The fourth quarter saw the two teams play more evenly as the Lady Mustangs netted 19 points while Hillsboro was able to strike for 13. But the damage had already been done and the Lady Mustangs brought home the 72-31 victory to bring their record to 5-0.
“We played good defense in the first half and came out after halftime and really wanted to focus on that,” said Lady Mustangs’ coach Whitney Lewis after the game. “We wanted to hold them defensively and I think we really did that in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, we really let [Madison] Snyder go crazy on us but she’s a good player and she’s going to do that. Overall I think we played a really good defensive game and held them to where we needed to.”
Peyton Scott for the Lady Mustangs, who led her team with 29 points, also had a double-double on the night, bringing in 10 rebounds. She also had eight assists in the game and five steals.
“Peyton came out and was ready to go,” said coach Lewis. “First quarter wee were a little slow but she kinda got it started for us. Then she started the ball really well and when she gets hot, she’s probably not going to miss many shots.
“Hannah [Binkley] also shot the ball really well for us and our bigs battled down low all night. This was a physical game tonight and they were able to battle and finish some shots.”
“Most of the night we played pretty hard,” said Hillsboro coach JR Moberly after the game. “We had a couple lapses that we talked about in timeouts and in between quarters. We have to play hard. We have to play hard while we try and make up for our inexperience. The girls are good about that and they’ll bounce back and we’ll have a good practice tomorrow and get ready for Miami Trace on Wednesday.
“We have to find ways to get Madison the ball when she doesn’t have three people hanging on her. We’ve played Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and haven’t had many practices at all given our schedule so we can’t make some of the adjustments and work on the things we need to. Things will slow a little bit here soon so we will be able to do that.”
LCHS – 14 14 25 19 – 72
HHS – 6 6 4 13 – 31
Lynchburg-Clay: Scott 7(3) 6/7 – 29; H. Binkley 5(5) – 25; Little 2 4/6 – 8; Mitchell 2 – 4; Roush 1 – 2; Thiel 1 – 2; Waits 1 – 2. Totals: 19(8) 10/13 – 72
Hillsboro: Snyder 6 4/9 – 16; Marsh 2 – 4; Chaney 1 – 2; McCleese 1 – 2; Sullivan 1 – 2; Moberly 1 – 2; Breeden 1 – 2; Bobbitt 1/2 – 1. Totals: 13 5/11 – 31
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.