Randolph County Herald Tribune - Chester, IL
  • Slow start, better finish for Lady Warriors

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  • STEELEVILLE -- Mackenzie Pim scored a game-high 16 points to lead three players in double figures, and Steeleville shrugged off a sluggish first quarter for a 53-26 win over Dupo on Monday.
    The contest was the Lady Warriors’ (5-7, 2-2 Kaskaskia Division) final game prior to a two-week Christmas break leading into the Lebanon/Wesclin Christmas tournament on Dec. 26.
    “These kind of games are a little bit harder,” said Steeleville coach John Antonacci. “There’s not a set offense, against the zone you have to shoot well and if you don’t shoot well, you’ve got to find another way.
    “We got a couple shots to fall, but for the most part, our shots didn’t fall and we did a good job of finding other ways to put the ball in the hole.”
    Dupo scored the first bucket of the game, but Steeleville scored the next 11 points to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Tigers (0-11, 0-3) wouldn’t go away, however, trailing 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and pulling within a point, 16-15, early in the second.
    But two 3-pointers by Pim 2:17 apart helped increase the Lady Warriors’ lead to 24-15 and Steeleville never looked back from there.
    “We look to her a lot when we don’t have something going to kinda spark us,” Antonacci said. “When shots weren’t falling (Monday), it made for a rough start, but (Pim) got a couple to fall and when we play our defense against a team like this, we managed to come out a little bit better once we get a couple to fall.”
    Sydney Hood (13) and Lexi Middendorf (10) also reached double-digits for Steeleville, while Kaylee Wagner added seven points. The Lady Warriors held a 25-15 advantage at halftime that it extended to 33-17 after three quarters.
    Mariah Jones led Dupo with 10 points in the loss. The Tigers won the JV contest, 18-11.
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