Balanced scoring leads Saline girls to win over Lincoln
On a day where Lincoln's girls basketball team dressed just nine players, Saline's had just as many score three or more points in a 50-34 over the Railsplitters on Tuesday.
"It shows how much of a team we're becoming," Saline coach Jeff Waltz said. "It shows that we're playing as a team and moving the ball."
Meanwhile, Lincoln was without starter Katelyn Morris and her 11.8 points per night, as she was with the band on a trip to Disney World.
"I had some girls playing tonight that aren't used to playing a lot of minutes," Lincoln coach Mike Hotchkiss said. "I expected the other girls to step up."
Saline's press flustered the Railsplitters early, as it was on their sixth possession before they hit the rim for the first time owing to three turnovers, a block and an airball their first five trips.
"Instead of doing what we drew up in the locker room, they were doing their own thing," Hotchkiss said of his team's press break.
He said his team had usually done well against the press this season, but it was an area where Morris' absence hurt.
Saline led 4-0 when Lincoln first scored and the lead only grew from there. The Hornets led 11-5 after one quarter, 29-18 at half, and held Lincoln to three second-half field goals as the lead grew to as much as 20.
"We knew we had to come out with some intensity," said Saline's Caitlin Ellis, who had 10 points and was, as her coach put it, "a beast on the glass," though he didn't know exactly how many rebounds she had.
In addition to Ellis' 10, Britten Clark scored eight for Saline. Katie Crysler scored six, all in the first half, and Melissa Needham scored six, all in the fourth quarter. In addition to the nine players with at least three points, a tenth scored two.
"We have 13 girls on the roster that can play," Waltz said. "We do it with teamwork."
For Lincoln, Arielle Cargor scored 11 and star sophomore Dominique Foley, who came in averaging 15.1 points, was held to five.
"She's a great player," Waltz said of Foley. "She's going to have better games."
Waltz said that his team's strategy of throwing different bodies at Foley seemed to work.
"As long as we stayed in front of her, we were able to stop her," Ellis said.
After starting 5-0, Lincoln dropped to 7-4. Saline (4-8), coming off a 50-27 win over Skyline on Friday, won its second in a row. The game does not count toward either team's Southeastern Conference record.
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