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Lex Defends Home Court Against Swedes

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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ATTACKING THE BASKET is Lexington forward Kaleb Carpenter (25) as he draws the attention of Swede defender Conner Baker during the second quarter on Thursday.

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ATTACKING BASELINE is Gothenburg’s Chiara Richeson (left) as she is closely defended by Lexington’s Klair Fagot during the third quarter on Thursday night.

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DRIVING BASELINE for the jumper is Lexington’s Sarah Treffer (22) as she draws the attention of Lady Swede Chiara Richeson (10) and Annica Harm on Thursday.

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SPLITTING THE DEFENSE is Swede Maguire Bartlett (20) as he is defended by Nick Saiz of Lexington and Kobe Block (11) during the third quarter on Thursday evening.

Defending their home court, the Orange and Black-clad hoopsters were able to sweep a girl/boy doubleheader with Dawson County Rival Gothenburg on Thursday evening in Lexington. The Minutemaids were able to turn up the intensity on both ends of the court during the second half on their way to claiming a hard-fought 39-30 win over Gothenburg in the season opener for both teams. In the opening quarter, the Lexington girls were able to make the extra pass and cash in the opportunities to hold a four-point lead, 8-5 at the end of the first stanza. It was during the second quarter that the foul trouble started to mount against Lexington and they were forced to go to their bench players. In turn, the Lady Swedes started finding some success on the offensive end of the floor. The Gothenburg hoopsters were able to not only cut into the deficit, but overcome the deficit to garner the lead for the first time in the contest, just before the intermission as the Lady Swedes led 17-16 at halftime. Taking to the hardwood with gumption, the Minutemaids wasted no time in regaining the lead and building a cushion on the scoreboard as they went on a 12-4 scoring run during the third quarter of play to gain a seven point lead, 28-21 with just one quarter of hoops action remaining in regulation. During the fourth quarter, the Lady Swedes started firing away on the offensive end only to see the Lexington girls answer every time the bell tolled. The Minutemaids outscored Gothenburg 11-9 during the fourth quarter to earn the 39-30 victory. Freshman guard Sarah Treffer led Lexington with 11 points. Battling through foul trouble, Lexington’s Madison Sutton, Courtney Hanson both had six points apiece. Gohtenburg was led by the paint production of Annica Harm with 11 points. Guard Chiara Richeson chipped in with eight points for the Lady Swedes.

Gothenburg: Annica Harm 11, Chiara Richeson 8, Alexis Bliven 4, Marley Kennicutt 3, Kaitlyn Kleinknecht 3, Lauren Johnson 1.

Lexington: Sarah Treffer 11, Madison Sutton 6, Courtney Hanson 6, Jenna Sanchez 6, Cordelia Harbison 4, Alyssa Winter 2, Jacqueline Ostrom 2, Klair Fagot 2.

In the nightcap, the blitzkreig attack of the Minutemen powered the Orange and Black to a 74-35 win over Gothenburg. Hitting the door running from the onset, the Lexington hoopsters cashed in on scoring opportunities in transition to score an early seven point edge, 16-9 before all the smoke cleared on the opening quarter of play. Building off of their first quarter confidence, the Minutemen went up one more step on the ladder and exploded for 25 points in the second quarter, with many scoring opportunities coming in transition for the Orange and Black. The Lexington contingency entered the halftime break with a 20-point cushion, 41-21. Coming out of the break, the Minutemen were looking to hold the momentum in their favor and potentially throw a knockout punch. The Lexington offense was clicking on all cylinders and got just what the doctor ordered with a 24-5 scoring run during the third period of play. The Minutemen took a commanding lead of 65-26 with just one quarter remaining in regulation. During much of the fourth quarter of play, key reserves for both Gothenburg and Lexington were able to gain valuable minutes that will pay dividends during the grueling grind of the season. Gothenburg was able to score nine points during the final period to go even with the Minutemen’s output as Lexington claimed the 74-35 win over the Swedes. Cashing in on scoring opportunities, Lexington’s Dylan Richman flexed the net for 23 points to go along with his four assists and three steals. Finding his range, Kaleb Carpenter netted 17 points for the Minutemen. Senior Guard Kobe Block chipped in with 11 points for Lexington. Gothenburg was led by Mason Mendell with seven points for the contest. The Swede guard duo of Maguire Bartlett and Jordan Rossell both flexed the net for six points apiece.

Lexington: Dylan Richman 23, Kaleb Carpenter 17, Kobe Block 11, Nick Saiz 7, Ajack Waikur 5, Jaxon Fagot 3, Jake Leger 2, Dau Mach 2, Austyn Stewart 2, Agany Donato 2.

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