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Lady Lion wheels fall off against Jeeps

By John Mullen
  Loogootee had hoped to follow up an easy win against the hapless WW Senators with a road victory on Thursday, January 21, at Northeast Dubois. But, after battling a 14-all tie after eight minutes and jumping ahead by five, 28-23, at intermission, the proverbial wheels fell off for the visitors against the Jeeps as NED garnered the Blue Chip basketball affair 62-56.  
  Tia Pennington had a huge first quarter for the Lions as she hit the basket five times for 10 points and would go on to lead all personnel in the contest with 23 markers. Kelci Mann then delivered 7of her 17 points in the second stanza as Loogootee took the lead.  
  However, Dubois came out on fire, reeling off 8 straight after sitting through what must have been a convincing locker room speech to gain the advantage.  
  LHS foul trouble combined with a short bench eventually wreaked havoc on the outcome.  Although down just three points, 41-38, heading into the final 8 minutes, the Lady Lions would fall behind by 13, lose starter Waynessa Burch midway through, and cut the deficit to 4 before dropping the affair by a half-dozen. Wynter Wagoner aided her two posts with 12, including two 3-pointers. Burch and Dant added buckets, but shooting guard Taylor Walker was held scoreless. Dubois got a team-high 18 from center Alyssa Elliott, 17 from Mackenzie Dorsam, and 11 from Annie Fleck.  
  While the Lions did shoot well at the line, going 14-17 at the charity stripe, the Jeeps shot a blistering 20-23 to salt away the BCC game. Loogootee fell to 9-6 with the defeat; meanwhile, Northeast Dubois moved to 9-7 as they put together their seventh straight W over Loogootee.

Lady Lions mine their business at Linton

By John Mullen
  A grueling loss on the road Thursday caused about a quarter-and-a-half hangover at Linton for the Lady Lions on Saturday afternoon, January 23, as they fell into a first quarter 18-9 hole before digging themselves out for a satisfying 60-48 victory on the Lady Miners’ senior day. The hosts’ advantage grew to 11 before LHS rallied to get within a half-dozen, 25-19, at intermission.  
  Linton’s senior transfer, Stephanie Fougerousse, who would lead all scorers with 24, was harassed throughout the game by Lady Lion super sub Kayla Dant. Dant had a huge swat on the all-stater’s shot just before halftime giving Loogootee momentum as both teams ventured into their respective locker rooms.  
  The second sixteen minutes was a shooting clinic from deep by the Martin Countians as Wynter Wagoner went off for three 3’s, Taylor Walker added 2 more, and Kelci Mann added 3 baskets in what was inevitably a decisive 25-12 stanza. The six-point Lion deficit became a 7-point lead, and the ladies nailed 8-9 at the line down the stretch to mine their business and move the season slate to 10-6 overall. Wagoner hit 5 triples on the afternoon and registered 21. Mann tallied 14, and Walker had a baker’s dozen on 3 treys and 4-4 free throws. Burch scored 8 and Pennington added 4. Dant did not dent the scoring column but loomed large on defense as she wallered around on Linton’s behemoth inside.  
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Senior Kelci Mann prepares to put up a bucket in the Lady Lions game against Northeast Dubois. Kelci had 17 points in the contest.
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