Maycee Lange poured in 24 points, and Faith Fleetwood and Chloe Cardinal joined her in double figures as Lincoln’s girls ended a three-game slide in impressive fashion with a 64-40 victory over Sullivan at Alice Arena Saturday.

Fleetwood managed a career-best 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while Cardinal scored 10. Dani Kroeger and Marissa Carmean chipped in seven and six points for the Alices (5-4).

It was the first game for Lincoln in nearly two weeks after losing three straight to the top tier teams in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, and coach Tim Young said the hard work his team’s been showing in practice showed up on Saturday.

“This is just one win, but I’m happy with the attitude that the young ladies brought to the court this afternoon,” said Young, who was absent for the previous three losses with an illness. “The coaching staff deserves a shoutout because we’ve worked these young ladies to death these last seven days. We’ve done some competitive drills, making them go at each other, and we’ve told them that’s the kind of attitude they need to play with when they step between the lines.

“We played with more intensity today than we had all year.”

The game was tied, 8-8, in the first quarter when Lincoln took off. Lange scored consecutive buckets, and a 3-pointer by Carmean made it 15-8 after one. Fleetwood’s first two 3-pointers came in an 8-2 push late in the half to give the Alices a 31-17 lead, but a Briona Perkinson trifecta just before the intermission pulled Sullivan (9-3) within 31-20.

The Golden Arrows got the first hoop of the second half to get their deficit to single digits, but they never got closer. Lange scored 11 in the stanza and the Alices led by as many as 19 before settling for a 49-33 lead after three.

Lincoln canned eight 3s, a high mark for the season, and only had six turnovers after halftime.

“I like this team, and when we play with a lot of effort we’re difficult to cover,” Young said. “We’re tough to zone because we have the ability to shoot, and we have girls who can get to the rack if teams go man-to-man.”

Delainey Shorter led Sullivan, a sectional foe, with 14 points, and Gracie Shorter scored 13. All three of the Arrows’ losses have come against Knox County teams. North Knox will try to make it a clean sweep on Jan. 20.

Lincoln’s junior varsity (2-6) won, 37-29. Gracie Hartley led the way with 12 points.

The Alices visit Class 3A No. 8 Washington at 6 p.m. Monday.

LINCOLN 64, SULLIVAN 40

GIRLS-SATURDAY

SULLIVAN

Wiltermood (f) 1 0-0 3, Williams (f) 2 0-1 4, D. Shorter (g) 5 3-5 14, Perkinson (g) 2 0-0 4, G. Shorter (g) 4 4-5 13, K. Perkinson 0 0-0 0, Wible 0 0-0 0, Craighead 0 0-0 0, Mischler 0 0-0 0, Ridgeway 0 0-0 0, Grindstaff 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 7-11 40.

LINCOLN

Lange (f) 10 4-5 24, Cardinal (f) 4 1-1 10, Kramer (g) 1 0-0 3, Kroeger (g) 3 0-0 7, Carmean (g) 2 0-1 6, Fleetwood 4 0-0 11, Halter 1 1-2 3, Sexton 0 0-0 0, Grube 0 0-0 0, Hartley 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 6-9 64.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Sullivan |8-12-13-7 — 40

Lincoln |15-16-18-15 — 64

3-pointers: Sullivan 3 (D.Shorter, Wiltermood, G.Shorter), Lincoln 8 (Fleetwood 3, Carmean 2, Kramer, Cardinal, Kroeger). Fouls: Sullivan 12, Lincoln 16. Fouled out: Kramer. JV: Lincoln 37-29.

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