Lady Cavaliers end regular season with loss to
By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Sports Reporter
It’s never easy to play a state-ranked team, especially on the road.
Due to a weather cancellation, the Carlinville Lady Cavaliers were given a five-day period to prepare for their biggest challenge of the year – a conference dual in hostile territory against a Greenville team that had won 26 of 27 games. Aside from Rachel Olroyd (15) and Paityn Tieman’s (10) double figure scoring efforts, the Lady Cavaliers were unable to generate any sort of momentum on the offensive end – resulting in a flawless 53-37 senior night triumph for the Lady Comets.
Although her final home game was still an entire season away, Megan Hallemann stole the show and played as if Thursday was indeed her last ride. The junior center stole the show with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 blocks for Greenville. Senior Nancy Fritzsche added 17 points and racked up five steals in her farewell.
The Lady Comets ended the regular season on a 19-game winning streak and are currently ranked second in their respective Illinois High School Association class. The Lady Cavaliers concluded their campaign at 20-4 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
“It’s nice to play a tough opponent directly before postseason play to kind of see where you stand and what you still need to work on,” said Carlinville head coach Darrin DeNeve.
At the start, the Carlinville defense was solid, holding Greenville without a field goal throughout the first four minutes en route to a slim 2-1 edge. The Lady Comets took a timeout, regathered the troops and pulled ahead. Despite offensive struggles, the Lady Cavaliers were able to stay alive 24-16 heading into halftime. Greenville was completely unfazed by the pressure and took total control with a 10-7 defensive-driven third quarter push. Carlinville scored 14 points in the fourth, but the Greenville resiliency proved to be too much to handle down the stretch. The Lady Comets put the icing on the cake with a 19-point surge in the final eight minutes.
“They’re a good team. They’ve got some girls that can shoot, they’ve got some size and they’ve got some quickness. So, they’re hard to handle. There’s a pretty decent chance that they are going to make a run in the postseason,” DeNeve said out of respect to Greenville.
Gracie Reels splits the defense with a dribble drive during Thursday’s road conference game at Greenville. Enquirer-Democrat photo by Jackson Wilson.