BY NICK JOHNSON
DHI Correspondent

KALIDA- The Lincolnview Lady Lancers traveled to Kalida High School to take on the Lady Wildcats in high school girls basketball action Tuesday evening, and escaped with a 45-38 victory.

Lincolnview struck early, winning the opening tip before Hannah McCleery properly drove the ball to the basket and got a layup for the first points of the game. Lincolnview got another layup from Claire Dye to push the score to 4-0.

The Lady Wildcats got two baskets from Kylie Osterhage, but the Lady Lancers countered with two from Kaitlyn Brant to make the score 8-6, Lincolnview.

Kalida got two foul shots from Nicole Recker to end the first quarter with the score knotted up at eight.

The Lady Lancers started the second quarter with two layups - one from Katie Dye and one from Kaylee Thatcher - to jump out to a 12-8 lead. Midway through the second, the Lady Wildcats got a basket from Summer Holtkamp to tie the game at 14.

The Lancers quickly struck back with three points, including two from Thatcher, before Kalida got two foul shots from Elizabeth Turnwald to make the score 17-16, Lady Lancers, at the break.

The Lady Wildcats got their first lead of the nightin the second half when Holtkamp got a layup to put Kalida up 19-18. The game went back-and-forth until the Lady Wildcats buried a three-pointer to go up 23-19.

The Lady Lancers were quick to rally back with six straight points, gaining a one-point lead when Christine Stemen nailed three-pointer from the right corner to send Lincolnview to the fourth quarter with a 28-24 lead.

The Lady Lancers started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run, including another three-pointer from Stemen, to give Lincolnview a 35-24 lead. With the score 43-30 Lancers, Kalida went on their own run, 8-0, to decease Lincolnview lead to 43-38 with just 43 second left in the game.

Kalida got a three-pointer from Osterhage and two foul shots from Recker during the run.

McCleery and Katie Dye both stepped up to the charity stripe and made clutch foul shots to put the game away and give the Lady Lancers a 45-38 victory.

The Lincolnview defense held the Lady Wildcats to just 21 percent from the field and 15 percent from beyond the arc. The Lady Lancers shot 55 percent from the field and went 2-5 from beyond the arc on the night. Lincolnview won the rebound margin by one, outrebounding the Lady Wildcats 26-25.

"In the first half we were just trying to feel our way through things. Not having (sophomore guard) Julia (Thatcher) is a big lost for us. She is still trying to recover from the Van Wert game. We hope to have her back for Thursday. The girls did an excellent job defensively, and I think that was the key tonight. We got enough offense at the right times and got some free throws at the end to win," said Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson.

"Christine Stemen comes in and hits two threes, that is huge, and that is what we needed on the night. Hannah McCleery did a nice job stepping up into that starters role and scored some points and played nice defense like she always does. That's what good teams do when the lose someone, the rest on the team steps up," added Williamson.

With the win, the Lady Lancers improve their overall record to 9-3 on the year.

The Lady Wildcat record drops to 7-4 on the season.
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Kalida 8 8 8 14 38
Lincolnview 8 9 11 17 45
Turnovers Lincolnview 23, Kalida 14.