By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald writer
ADA - Visiting Lincolnview raced out to a big early lead and made it stand up in a 49-34 Northwest Conference defeat of Ada 53-40 Friday night.
Sharpshooting junior guard Kyle Williams paced all scorers with a game-high 21 points as the quick Lancers pressed the Bulldogs into early miscues and capitalized.
Ada scored the first basket of the game on a pull-up lane jumper by Kellen Decker, but Lincolnview responded with a 12-0 run and never was challenged. The Lancers led by as many as 21 in the second period after another 12-point flurry and took a 30-12 lead to intermission.
The closest Ada got in the second half was 14 points in the final 62 seconds.
The slumping Bulldogs fell to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in the NWC with their third consecutive loss.
Lincolnview improved to 7-10 and 3-3 in the NWC after its fourth win in a row.
"We've talked the last few weeks about giving up turnovers and offensive rebounds; tonight we had 15 first half turnovers and they had four," noted frustrated Ada coach Chris Sautter. "With their offensive rebounding, they had 14-15 more possessions than us, so it is easy to find yourself down.
"They pressed us a bit and we made about every kind of turnover known to man," he continued. "We played even the second half (actually won 22-19), but you can't dig yourself an 18-point hole or you will have a hard time being successful."
Lincolnview coach Brett Hammons was pleased with his team's aggressive, energetic play from the outset.
"It's a long, cold ride over here but we made some shots early, got after it defensively and played well in transition," said Hammons. "I am proud of our effort. Our guys are bringing it every night. They rotated well defensively and got to the 50-50 balls. It was a great team win."
Lincolnview buried four trifectas in the opening stanza, including two by Williams, to take control early. The Lancer defense helped hold Ada without a basket for the final seven minutes of the period, with two foul shots by senior Gabe Sutton at the 1:52 mark stopping the run of 12 unanswered points. Yet a Williams left wing triple just before the buzzer gave the visitors a 15-4 cushion after one quarter.
Bulldog senior Austin Cobb nailed a 12-foot left side banker to start the second period, and then the Lancers effectively put the game away by reeling off the next dozen points with quickness and a pressing defense that led to fast break points.
Williams canned a pair of foul shots to start the splurge, and then Nick Leeth stole the ball and scored. Leeth followed that with a conventional three-point drive and Williams added a trey for a 19-point bulge at the 3:11 mark. Kade Carey's transition layup capped the run at 27-6 with 2:44 left in the half.
Acheson snapped the scoreless string with a basket and Dumabugh added a layup moments later. Brayden Sautter canned a spinning shot in the lane to make it 30-12 at the half.
The teams played even through a 9-9 third quarter as Mason Acheson scored the first five Ada points on a transition layup and three foul shots. Spencer Archer canned a short jumper and Austin Cobb knocked down a baseline shot off a nice feed from Sutton.
Williams began the final period with a left wing triple, and Sutton answered with a basket. Carey converted a backdoor layup off an in-bounds lob pass yet Cobb converted a pair at the line and Dumbaugh splashed a right wing triple to pull within 43-28 at the 2:40 mark.
But Williams nailed another trifecta and two foul shots sandwiched around an Acheson layup from a nice Dumbaugh dish. A third try offensive rebound putback by Dumbaugh and two free throws by the junior got Ada within 48-34 with 1:02 remaining, its closest deficit since early in the second stanza. But it was too little, too late.
Sautter was impressed with junior guard Williams. "He is a great player. He is smart, takes good shots and is just one of the better players in the league."
Leeth contributed 12 points and Carey added nine for the Lancers. No Bulldog hit double figures as Austin Dumbaugh and Mason Acheson each scored nine points to pace Ada. Cobb added six points and Sutton had four off the bench.
Both teams shot 69 percent from the charity stripe as the Lancers canned 11 of 16 and Ada hit on nine of 13.
"All it takes is one game for things to click," Sautter observed. "All the momentum is going the wrong way right now. We need some positive momentum. It is just a matter of putting it all together."
The Bulldog reserves lost by 15 to drop to 11-4. Levi Bass led Ada with six points.
Ada 34 (5-10, 1-5 NWC)
Szippl 0, Sautter 1 0-3 2, Acheson 3 3-4 9, Dumbaugh 3 2-2 9, Decker 1 0-0 2, Sutton 1 2-2 4, Cobb 2 2-2 6, Archer 1 0-0 2. Totals: 12/9-13/34. 3-pointer: Dumbaugh 1.
L'view 49 (7-10, 3-3 NWC)
Katalenas 0 1-2 1, Carey 4 0-0 9, Leeth 5 2-3 12, McCleery 1 1-2 3, Williams 5 7-9 21, Dowdy 1 0-0 3. Totals: 16/11-16/49. 3-pointers: Williams 4, Carey 1, Dowdy 1.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 4 8 9 13 34
L'view 15 15 9 10 49
JV: Lincolnview 42, Ada 27.
Ada entertains county rival Kenton (10-6) and first-year coach Matt McCullough Saturday night. "They are big and physical," said Sautter. "Kenton is playing with a lot of confidence." But the Wildcats have lost three of four after an 80-52 loss to 15-3 Lima Bath Friday.
"It's Senior Night for us so I hope our five seniors come out with a good effort," he added. "It won't be easy." The Bulldogs won the Hardin County rivalry game last year in Kenton, while the Wildcats took the last battle in Ada two years ago.