Alices romp on senior night

Photo by Matt Griffith

Lincoln's Alison Hein, right, looks to shoot over Southridge's Grace Sickbert on Tuesday night at Alice Arena.

Lincoln's girls basketball team celebrated Alison Hein's senior night about the best way possible Tuesday, with a 68-33 blowout of Southridge at Alice Arena.

Hein did her part with a game-high 20 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots for the Class 3A No. 7 Lady Alices (19-3), who have won seven games in a row. Darrian Carmean netted four 3-pointers and scored 18, and Maycee Lange added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Callie Foster was nearly a fourth double-figure scorer, coming off the bench for eight points. Alanna Green notched a career-high six assists.

Mady Neukam had 11 and Myah Montgomery 10 for the Raiders (5-14).

Lincoln coach Travis Connor liked the way his team played and how Hein, the team's lone senior who reached 1,000 career points earlier in the season, went out in her last regular-season game at Alice Arena.

"It's always about team with us, but at the same time we're humans too. I'm glad the kid (Hein) ended it with a special night," Connor said. "She's battled injuries throughout her career and has done a lot of positive things for Lincoln girls basketball."

The Alices had control of the game immediately, scoring on their first six possessions in a 25-point first quarter.

Hein and Lange had two baskets apiece in an 8-0 start that forced Southridge into a timeout less than 21/2 minutes into the game. Carmean followed with three 3-pointers

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in the opening stanza, her last one giving Lincoln a 25-8 bulge at the buzzer.

That ended an eight-point burst to end the quarter, and it was extended to 12 in the second quarter when Lange's rebound bucket made it 29-8. The Alices had seven and six point runs in the quarter, the seven-point run concluding when Foster's 3-pointer made it 44-15. It was 44-18 at halftime.

Lincoln posted another seven-point run on its way to extending the lead to 55-24 after three quarters.

The Alices shot nearly 60 percent in the opening half and shot 8-of-8 from the free-throw line for the game.

"Sometimes with offensive execution, the big key is knocking shots down. We did that and then it starts to become contagious. Girls are cutting crisper in the high post, swinging it from side to side and shooting it with confidence," Connor said.

"I was happy at the defensive end too, especially with Alanna and Dani (Kroeger) out front."

The junior varsity Alices (8-9) pulled out a 38-28 win. Chloe Cardinal netted 16 points and Kali Haynes nine.

Lincoln concludes its regular season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Carmel, Ill.

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