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Slow start, better finish for Lady Warriors

  • Steeleville's Lexi Middendorf (left) makes a shot attempt while being guarded by Dupo's Elizabeth Touchette (right) on Monday. The Lady Warriors beat the Tigers, 53-26.

    Steeleville's Lexi Middendorf (left) makes a shot attempt while being guarded by Dupo's Elizabeth Touchette (right) on Monday. The Lady Warriors beat the Tigers, 53-26.
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  • Steeleville's Taylor Dagner (center) tries to handle the ball while being guarded by Dupo's Mariah Jones (left) and Micayla Koonce (right) in the JV contest. Dupo's Kayla Prater (far left) looks on. The Tigers beat the Lady Warriors, 18-11, in the JV contest.

    Steeleville's Taylor Dagner (center) tries to handle the ball while being guarded by Dupo's Mariah Jones (left) and Micayla Koonce (right) in the JV contest. Dupo's Kayla Prater (far left) looks on. The Tigers beat the Lady Warriors, 18-11, in the JV contest.
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By Pete Spitler
Editor@heraldtrib.com
Posted on 12/14/2016, 3:19 PM

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.