Lincoln girls basketball sweeps Mattoon in home opener of the Apollo Conference

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[November 28, 2017] 

The Lady Railers Varsity annihilated Mattoon Monday night 56-26 in the first Apollo Conference matchup of the season.

Lincoln ran out to a 15-0 lead before Mattoon even got in the scoring column. Lincolnís defense held the Lady Wave scoreless for just over seven minutes to start the game. At the end of the first quarter Lincoln held a commanding 15-4 lead.

Lincoln would go on a tear in the second quarter and run the score up to 36-4.

Kennedy Lolling scored the first five points of the quarter as she nailed a long three and then had a steal and layup to put Lincoln up 20-4.

Then it was Emma Konczyk getting comfortable in the corner and connecting for back to back threes to extend the lead to 26-4. Konczyk was outstanding in the paint also during this stretch. She was a one-woman show putting back an offensive rebound and then on the next possession she made a nice move in the lane for two more points.

Lincoln was definitely running away with this one, 30-4 now the score.

Morgan Lolling then single-handedly extendedly the lead to 35-4 and there was no looking back for Lincoln.

Mattoon finally got a bucket with 2:25 showing on the clock in the second quarter.

By the time halftime was reached, Lincoln was dominating the Lady Wave 40-9.

The third quarter just got uglier for Mattoon. After Emerie Wieberís basket in the paint around the 5:00 mark, Lincoln was up by 37 points. The score was 48-11 and it would get worse for Mattoon.

Leah Schneider was showing no mercy in the lane as she drove to the basket for consecutive buckets and then she pulled down an offensive rebound she promptly put back up for two more points.

This time the lead was 54-13 and there was still 1:40 left to play in the third quarter.

Madelyn Koehlerís layup ten seconds later gave Lincoln the biggest lead of the night with the score 56-13.

Heading into the final eight minutes of the game Lincoln was up 56-15 and the starters for Lincoln (Froebe, the Lolling twins, Wieber and Konczyk) just cheered from the bench.

Mattoonís bench managed to outscore Lincoln 11-0 in the fourth quarter and the pain was over for the Green Wave. Mattoon had fallen to Lincoln 56-26 and the Lady Wave had been introduced to Lincoln basketball the hard way.

That Lincoln press can really frustrate a team. Not to mention the outside shooting. And donít forget the points in the paint. Lincoln crashed the boards well too. All in all a great effort by the Lady Railers as they improve to 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Apollo Conference.

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The Lady Railers tipped off in the new Apollo Conference Monday night at Roy S. Anderson Gymnasium. Lincoln swept Mattoon in both the JV and Varsity contests. The JV won 61-37 and the Varsity won 56-26.

Lincoln Head Coach Taylor Richmond talks to her team during a timeout Monday night. The Lady Railers opened the Apollo Conference with a solid performance over Mattoon, winning 56-26.

Emma Konczyk led Lincoln with 14 points and Kennedy Lolling tossed in 12 points.

Thursday night Lincoln will travel to Taylorville to take on another new Apollo Conference foe. The JV tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the Varsity scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Junior Varsity (61)

Koehler 26
Orebaugh 21
Paulus 7
Presswood 4
Kitner 2
Burns 1

Mattoon Junior Varsity (37)

Prior 10
Niemerg 6
Brown 4
Eastin 4
Nadonly 3
Conyers 3
Sapp 2
Butler 2
Gill 2
Otto 1

Lincoln Varsity (56)

Konczyk 14
K. Lolling 12
Schneider 9
Froebe 8
M. Lolling 5
Wieber 4
Koehler 4

Mattoon Varsity (26)

Sanders 5
McDowell 5
McDonald 5
Coffey 4
Brown 2
Neimerg 2
Conyers 2
Otto 1

[Teena Lowery]

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