(2-0) suffered through a night of bad passes, the inability to hang
on to the ball, and allowing Danville second and third shots on many
possessions, which kept the Vikings in the game until late in the
"We just made too many bad decisions tonight," Alexander
said, decisions that led to many of the Railers' 15 turnovers. "It
wasn't just one player; it was everyone."
added that the Railers shot the ball well, hitting on 25 of 48 from the
field (52 percent), but easy inside shots, quick scores on
out-of-bounds plays and offensive rebounds that turned into points
allowed Danville (0-2) to shoot 59 percent for the night, again very
uncharacteristic of a typical Railer defensive effort.
Railers did win, and again the offense showed up enough to notch a
victory in the win column. Louie Schonauer and Kyle Young led the
attack for Lincoln, combining for 35 points on 14-of-21 shooting. Schonauer carried the offense in the first half with 10 of his 18
points, and Young took over in the second half, where he scored 15 of
his career-high 17 points. Young also led with seven rebounds on the
Nathaniel Smith added eight, including two 3-pointers. One of Smith's
treys, with about 90 seconds left in the third quarter, gave the
Railers their first double-digit lead of the evening at 47-35.
Monday's leading scorer, Jordan Nelson, was held to
six points on 2-of-4 shooting, while Alex Anderson hit two 3s for his
six points. Last
year's leading scorer, Ben Brackney, struggled from the field again,
going 2-for-9, finishing with four points.
makes a good team, Brackney led the team with five assists. Kyle Frick
added two points and four assists. Junior Cameron Turner received some
extended minutes and came through with a crucial layup to start the
scoring in the fourth and put the Railers up 52-42. Wes Neece did not
score but certainly gave the Vikings' guards fits at the point of
the Railer zone defense.
never able to put together one of their trademark "Railer Runs,"
with their longest scoring streak of eight breaking the tie at 11 and
putting them up 19-11. However, Danville, a team that lost by 33 to
Centennial on Monday night, would not go away. It was evident that the
presence of their point guard, Mario Crosby, made a difference.
Crosby missed Monday's game due to the effects of a concussion he
suffered about a week and a half ago. Crosby finished with only two
points, but his leadership kept the Vikings under control and in the
game until late.
One of the
areas the Railers struggled with Monday night, rebounding, did even
out on Wednesday, as the Railers edged the Vikings on the boards
will be back at it on Friday as they play host to O'Fallon, a game
you can hear on WLCN-FM 96.3 and here at
Wednesday, O'Fallon lost to East St. Louis 84-68. In the other game
from Wednesday, Champaign Centennial outlasted Peoria Manual 76-66.
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LINCOLN (63) -- Schonauer 7 0-0
18, Young 7 3-3 17, Smith 3 0-0 8, Nelson 2 1-1 6, Anderson 2 0-0 6,
Brackney 2 0-0 4, Turner 1 0-1 2, Frick 1 0-0 2, Neece 0 0-0 0.
TEAM 25 4-5 63.
3-point FG: Team 9 (Schonauer 4, Smith 2, Anderson 2,
-- Carter 15,
Robinson 11, Duckworth 10, Britt 6, Brown 6, Crosby 2, Cunningham 2.
End of first
quarter: LCHS 19, Danville 15
33, Danville 27
End of third quarter: LCHS 50, Danville 39
The four 3-pointers by Louie Schonauer tied his career high (Jan.
18, 2008, Glenwood).
Smith set career highs with points (eight), field goals made (three), and
3-pointers made (two).
Turner's layup in the fourth quarter gave him his first varsity
career-high 17 points almost doubled his previous high (nine). In fact,
it was his first double-figure game of his varsity career.
now 6-3 against Danville since 2000.
With his two
3-pointers, Alex Anderson moved into 16th place with 80 3s (Jake
Carey is next with 85).
into the tournament having never lost on Monday or Wednesday. This
year, they have losses on both days.
[A special report to LDN by JEFF BENJAMIN]