KALIDA — Lincolnview defeated Kalida 44-32 in a sectional final matchup on Friday night. The Lancers held the Wildcats to just five points in the second quarter and four in the third while shooting 50% from the field.
Lincolnview also connected on 8-of-16 from behind the arc with a trio coming off the hands of Aaron Cavinder, who led the Lancers with 13 points.
“We challenged them but Kalida is a great team,” said Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons. “They are very well coached and they have some really good players. I thought we did a good job on them in the second half and I think we frustrated them a little with our defense.”
Kalida struggled on the offensive end throughout the game, making 14-of-51 from the field for 27 percent. It wasn’t much better from 3-point land for the Wildcats as they were effective on only 3-of-22 from downtown for 13%.
After a slow start to the opening quarter, the Wildcats jumped out in front on a layup and and a free throw but a 3-pointer from Collin Overholt tied things up with 5:15 remaining. Luke Erhart responded for Kalida with a 3-pointer of his own but back-to-back triples from Clayton Leeth and Creed Jessee gave the Lancers their first lead of the night with 3:11 left on the clock.
The Wildcats battled back and scored six unanswered points to close out the first quarter and give his team a 12-9 advantage.
Lincolnview controlled the pace of the game in the second quarter, holding Kalida to five points. Brandon Miller posted the only points for the Cats with a 3-pointer and a layup. Cavinder, Jessee and Garrett Richardson all had triples in the second and helped Lincolnview enjoy an 18-17 lead at the break.
The Lancers began the third quarter on a 9-0 run and pushed their lead to double digits. Kalida failed to hit a shot until the 1:39 mark of the period on a bucket from Miller. Ayden Warnecke nailed a jumper for the Cats but Lincolnview was in control with a 27-21 lead after three.
It was another fast start to the quarter for the Lancers, going on a 7-0 run to begin the final stanza. Kalida began to foul with 4:15 remaining but Lincolnview went 12-of-17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
“We rebounded better in the second half and that is something we need to do if we want to move on in the tournament,” explained Hammons. “We found a way to get it done and knocked down free throws late in the game. I’m really proud of these guys and the way they stuck it out. When they go up on that latter and cut down the net, it’s awesome as a coach. That is why we do this, to see the smiles on their face and I’m glad they could accomplish that tonight.”
The Wildcats out-rebounded the Lancers 25-to-22. The Wildcats committed four turnovers compared to six by Lincolnview.
The Lancers improve to 18-5 (6-2 NWC) and will face Columbus Grove in the district semifinals on Tuesday at Elida. Kalida ends their season with a record of 18-6 (5-2 PCL).
Lincolnview 9 9 9 17
Kalida 12 5 4 11 – 32
Lincolnview (44)
Aaron Cavinder 3-5 4-4 13, Creed Jessee 3-10 2-2 10, Clayton Leeth 2-2 4-4 9, Jake Bowersock 2-3 1-3 5, Colin Overholt 1-3 1-4 4, Garrett Richardson 1-1 0-0 3, Daegan Hatfield 0-0 0-4 0, Total 12-24 12-21 44
Kalida (32)
Brandon Miller 8-14 0-2 17, Luke Erhart 3-14 1-2 9, Tyson Siefker 2-7 0-0 4, Ayden Warnecke 1-5 0-0 2, Jayce Horstman 0-5 0-0 0, Justin Siebeneck 0-3 0-0 0, Grant Vorst 0-3 0-0 0, Total 14-51 1-4 32