Scoreless Third Quarter Beats Lincoln In District Play

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Unlike baseball and football where you can score and then just play defense the rest of the game but with basketball you have to keep scoring.
The fifth seeded Lincoln Cardinals experience that first hand in their matchup on Thursday against New Franklin. Lincoln lost 62-55 in a fast paced, action packed thriller.
Lincoln, who usually starts out slow, got quickly out of the gate and jumped to a 16-14 first quarter led thanks to a three by Bo Kroenke at the buzzer.
From there they led 31-21 at halftime as they broke the press and ripped threes. Also, their defense was very good.
Head Coach Tyler Burke commented, “ We guarded their switching real well. I am very proud of our team and I can’t say enough about our three seniors, (Bo Kroenke, Nate Hesse and Parker Engles). They were here for football and basketball and they showed up every time and gave it their all It was a fun year.”
Lincoln couldn’t score in the third quarter as they had trouble with the full court press and missed several shots that fell for them in the first half New Franklin led 41-31 going into the final frame.
Bo Kroenke pulled a muscle in the third quarter but continued to play.
The other thing that killed the Cardinals was New Franklin’s free throw shooting exhibition in the fourth quarter. They were 18-21 from the line. Gavin Bishop went 15-15 with 27 points. He was 9-9 in the fourth quarter. After the game he commented, “ I shoot over 80% but tonight was a good night.”
Pesky guard Tyler Perkins was 9-10 in the fourth and ended with 20 points on the night.
Kroenke finished with 21 points and led the charge with a monster three from downtown Chicago and Freshman Connor Lynde hit a huge three that brought Lincoln back to three at 58-55 with 18 seconds left.
New Franklin made their free throws and it was all over.
Lynde ended with 16 points and played one of the better games of his career.
Lincoln fell to 14-9 and New Franklin jumped to 21-1.