The Railers (5-1, 1-0) used a 12-0 run to start the game and put
the contest well out of reach with a 30-0 run spanning the latter
stages of the second quarter and most of the third. Lincoln
almost held Taylorville (1-4, 0-1) scoreless in the third quarter,
but that was spoiled by a layup with less than 10 seconds to go in
All 14 Railers saw some game action on Friday night, with 11
registering in the scorebook. Contrast that with the fact that
Taylorville listed only nine players on the roster.
Lincoln was led by
an all-around game from sophomore Jordan Nelson with 14 points, five
steals and four assists. The only other Railer in double figures was
Kyle Young with 10 points. The senior also contributed five rebounds
and three steals.
Lincoln received a balanced scoring attack as Alex
Anderson added nine (3-of-6 from 3-point range); Louie Schonauer chipped
in with eight; and Kyle Frick, Wes Neece and Ben Brackney each added
six. Brackney also led on the boards with eight rebounds. Nathaniel Smith
scored five points, while three players -- Brant Coyne (4), Will Fisher
(2) and Jordan Gesner (2) -- scored their first points as members of the
The Railers used good shooting of 50 percent (28-of-56) and good
defense, forcing 26 turnovers to take control of the game early.
Lincoln took advantage of the visitors' mistakes, converting those
turnovers into 38 points. Lincoln continued their fine play on
offense with only 10 turnovers as well as posting 22 assists on 28
The Tornadoes were limited offensively as they shot
only 38 percent for the game, including only 18 percent (2-of-11)
from behind the arc.
If the game had been limited to the even-numbered quarters,
Taylorville would have been close at the end. However, the margin of
28-27 for the Railers in the second and fourth quarters was easily
trumped by Lincoln's 44-6 dominance in the first and third quarters.
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It was also a good night for the Lincoln JV squad as they posted
an easy 64-25 win in the opener.
Lincoln takes to the road for the first time next Friday as
the Railer Nation makes their way to The Bowl in Jacksonville to
take on the Crimsons. Tip time is scheduled for 7:30 and, as always,
you can catch the game on WLCN-FM 96.3 and here at
LINCOLN (72) --
Nelson 5 1-1 14, Young 4 2-2 10, Anderson 3 0-0 9, Schonauer 3 0-0
8, Brackney 2 2-2 6, Neece 2 0-0 6, Frick 3 0-0 6, Smith 2 0-0 5,
Coyne 2 0-0 4, Gesner 1 0-0 2, Fisher 1 0-0 2, Kirby 0 0-0 0, Turner
0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0. Team 28 5-5 72.
3-point FG: Team 11 (Nelson 3,
Anderson 3, Neece 2, Schonauer 2, Smith).
Taylorville (33) --
Beyers 23, Little 5, Handegan 3, Chlebus 1, Castle 1.
End of first quarter: LCHS 18, Taylorville 4
Halftime: LCHS 38, Taylorville 17
End of third quarter: LCHS 64, Taylorville 19
[A special report by JEFF BENJAMIN]