Palestine-Hutsonville's Taci Newlin (13) blocks a shot attempt by Robinson's Kelsie Thompson (11) during Thursday night's Little Illini Conference game in Robinson. Newlin did not score in the game, but she blocked three shots and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Lady Pioneers' 49-35 win over the Lady Maroons. (Josh Brown photo)
High-scoring, close games have become the norm for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team as of late.
After falling just short in the final seconds of a shootout in their last game, the Statesmen were able to hang on at the end of Tuesday night's game and picked up an 83-80 victory over visiting Three Rivers (Mo.) College.
"This was a quality win," LTC head coach Mike Ray said. "We played a real good second half and the last minute or minute and a half was some of the smartest basketball we've played all year."
Another Oblong girls' basketball team will play for a championship tonight.
Oblong's eighth grade girls' basketball team rolled over host Kinmundy-South Central Tuesday night, 41-10, in the semifinals of the IESA Class 2A Regional at Kinmundy to earn a spot in the championship game.
Allowing the opposition too many possessions proved costly for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team Tuesday night.
The Lady Statesmen played well in some areas, but struggled in some others, especially when it came to hanging onto the ball, resulting in a 78-69 loss to visiting Danville Area College.
"We can't have as many turnovers as we did and expect it to turn out positive for us," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "We shot free throws well and rebounded well, which are things we normally do, but when the other team doubles up on the number of possessions, that's a lot of extra chances for points."
The only game that was able to be played in what was to be a busy slate for Crawford County teams did not have a positive outcome for the local squad.
After getting weathered out of their home opener Friday, Robinson High School's boys' basketball team traveled north to Terre Haute Saturday evening, but came away with a 65-50 loss to Terre Haute North.
Two strong-armed hurlers who are expected to do big things for the Lincoln Trail College baseball team this spring have decided they wanted to remain teammates following the season.
Right-handed pitchers Justin Watts and Tyler Miller both recently signed letters-of-intent to continue their baseball careers at Northern Kentucky University.
Not only that, but the two will also have some other familiar faces when they get their next season, as former Statesmen Josh Weisman and Dominic Faron are currently on the NKU roster.
"We are excited for these young men and their commitment to Northern Kentucky University," LTC head coach Kevin Bowers said. "They will be joining two former Statesmen there in Josh Weisman and Dom Faron. Northern Kentucky had a rich tradition in college baseball and competes in one of the top Division I conferences in the country in the Atlantic Sun."