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Lincoln-Way Central's Autumn Schultz (20) is defended by Plainfield South's Alex Tarrant (34) and Tyler Everett (15) during their basketball game in New Lenox Friday, December 21, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Plainfield South had a lot of trouble making good passes and holding on to the basketball, but Lincoln-Way Central had little difficulty turning the frequent mistakes into points.
Plainfield South committed 26 turnovers in the first half Friday night to help host Lincoln-Way Central build a 40-13 halftime lead en route to a 60-32 victory.
“We did a good job of pressuring the ball,’’ Lincoln-Way Central coach Chris Fetherling said. “We knew they have a couple of big girls who could score. We did a good job of taking them away with our pressure in the halfcourt.’’
Lincoln-Way Central led 25-7 after the first quarter thanks to seven layups, several off turnovers, and 11-of-16 free-throw shooting.
“We’ve had problems scoring the ball in the past,’’ Fetherling said. “It’s a big push for us to get points like that, and get easy points.’’
“Twenty-six turnovers ... you’re not going to win many ballgames,’’ Plainfield South coach Leah Carter said. “It was just a bad game, a bad game.’’
Not for Central (5-5), which had eight players make the scoresheet, led by Kelsie Foster and Autumn Schultz with 14 points apiece. Candace Finnin had 12 points and Sam Wisniewski contributed six points and five rebounds.
“We’re a tough team to defend because we have so many people who can score,’’ Fetherling said. “Whenever you have seven girls who can score all about the same, that’s either a great problem or a great positive.’’
Freshman Alex Tarrant led Plainfield South (2-10) with a game-high 16 points.
“This was probably one of her best games,’’ Carter said.
Next for both teams is the Medieval Classic Holiday Tournament, hosted by Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North. Central plays Lincoln Park on Wednesday and Plainfield South again on Thursday.
“Hopefully, we’ll do better the second time around,’’ Carter said.