Carterville, Hamilton County send PCHS on three-game skid

Taylor Witges led Pinckneyville in scoring on Tuesday night with 9 points against Carterville. (Doug Daniels file photo)

By Doug Daniels /

January 3, 2018

  (Benton & Pinckneyville, Ill.) - The Lady Panthers played their way into the final four at the Benton Rangerette holiday tournament, but fell short in their final two games against Carterville and Hamilton County, falling 62-43 to the Lady Lions and 62-50 to the Lady Foxes.
  "Turnovers were a huge problem in our last 2 games," said PCHS head coach Alan Engelhardt. "We didn't give ourselves much of a chance to defend because the offense was transitioning off our mistakes before we could get set. Carterville has some very talented guards who gave us some problems, but I was disappointed in how we guarded Hamilton County out front, allowing drives and easy cuts into the post area."
  Carterville took a 10-4 lead in the opening quarter then never trailed while holding Pinckneyville to 38% shooting and forcing 22 Lady Panther turnovers. Aubrey Bruns, who was later named to the All-Tournament Team, led PCHS with 12 points, followed by Kenzie Rushing with 8, Taylor Witges and Haleigh Kling with 5 apiece, Megan Breslin and Bella Pasquino with 4 each, Sarah Breslin with 3 and Elaine Shaneyfelt with 2.
  Three Lady Panthers finished in double figures against Hamilton County - Bruns (11), Pasquino (11) and Rushing (10). Shaneyfelt (4), M. Breslin (4), Kling (3), Witges (3), Kiya Hagene (2) and Payton Morgan (2).
  "On the positive side, our young kids started looking to score the basketball over the last couple of games," Engelhardt said. "Aubrey Bruns did a nice job of getting into the lane both games and it was good to see Bella Pasquino and Kenzie Rushing get to the basket against Hamilton County.  Right now, we just need to get consistent with our play, most importantly with our concentration and effort."
  The Lady Panthers finished fourth at the 12-team Benton Tournament.


Pinckneyville drops conference game with Carterville

  The Lady Panthers met up with Carterville again on Tuesday night and suffered a fate similar to the one they endured at Benton, falling 62-44.
  "This was a carbon copy of our last game against Carterville," said Engelhardt. "Too many turnovers led to layups for them. When either our half court defense or press was set up, we did a pretty nice job of guarding, but you can't guard turnovers."
  PCHS committed 21 turnovers while forcing just 11.
  Witges led the scoring for the Panthers with 9 points, M. Breslin had 8, Pasquino and S. Breslin each had 5, Rushing and Shaneyfelt 4, Hagene, Emmalee Chaney and Lily Britt each finished with 2.
  Pinckneyville is at home again on Thursday when they host Murphysboro.


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