Senior Creed Jessee totaled a game-high 18 points to lead the way for the Lancers, while Clayton Leeth added 12 points, Collin Overholt 11 and Jake Bowersock 10. Fellow senior starter Aaron Cavinder chipped in eight points for Lincolnview, with Peter McMaster, Isaiah Peterson and Fletcher Collins also playing in their final regular-season home game for the Lancers.
“I’m proud of this team and the eight seniors we have,” noted Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons. “They did a good job and I’m proud of the effort they gave.”
The Lancers shot an impressive 60 percent from the field in picking up their fourth consecutive victory, hitting 25-42 field-goal attempts, including 7-13 from 3-point range.
“I was very proud of our guys and their effort tonight,” Hammons said. “They have some really good players that can be tough to stop. Give credit to them, they made it challenging to get this win.”
The Lancers led 20-12 after one quarter and increased the advantage to 39-26 at halftime before Paulding cut the deficit to 47-39 after three.
However, Lincolnview put the game away by outsourcing Paulding 17-12 in the fourth quarter to finish the regular season at 16-5 overall and 6-2 in the conference.
Blake McGarvey scored 18 points for the Panthers to tie Jessee for scoring honors. Hunter Kauser knocked down five 3-balls and finished with 17 points for Paulding, which enters tournament action with a 7-12 record while closing out NWC action at 3-5.
Lincolnview will host Patrick Henry in Division IV sectional play on Feb. 23 while Paulding is at Coldwater on Feb. 24 in Division III sectional semifinal play.
“I think we ended the season on a high note and that is how you want to go into the tournament,” Hammons concluded. “We have a very difficult district and we’re going to have to be locked in every game. It all starts Tuesday against a tough Patrick Henry team.”
Box score 1 2 3 4 T
Paulding 12 14 13 12 – 51
Lincolnview 20 19 8 17 – 64
Blake McGarvey 4-2-4-18, Christian Bauer 3-0-0-6, Nick Manz 1-0-0-2, Hunter Kauser 1-5-0-17, Payton Beckman 0-1-0-3, Zach Gorrell 1-0-0-2, Peyton Adams 0-1-0-3. Totals 10-9-4-51.
Clayton Leeth 4-1-1-12, Aaron Cavinder 3-0-2-8, Collin Overholt 4-1-0-11, Jake Bowersock 3-0-4-10, Creed Jessee 3-4-0-18, Landon Price 0-1-0-3, Garrett Richardson 1-0-0-2. Totals 18-7-7-64.
Field Goals: Paulding 19-49, Lincolnview 25-42. Free Throws: Paulding 4-7, Lincolnview 7-10. Rebounds: Paulding 17 (McGarvey 6), Lincolnview 24 (Cavinder 5, Jessee 5). Turnovers: Paulding 11, Lincolnview 14.