Louisville Earns 1st Home Win Against Minerva 45-28 – Girls Basketball
Louisville 45, Minerva 28
The Louisville Leopards Girls Varsity Basketball Team defeated the visiting Minerva Lions 45-28 at Louisville High School Wednesday Night. With the victory, Louisville improves to 2-9 on the season and ups their NBC mark to 2-4 on the year.
Nine different players scored for the Leopards led by Ellie Jackson’s game-high 9 points and 6 rebounds. Kayla Gibson also tallied an impressive stat line of 8 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Morgan Cole, Erin Hahn, and Hanna Lautzenheiser rounded out Louisville’s top scorers with 6 points a piece.
The Lady Leopards scored the first 9 points of the contest and led the entire way. The Lions did not get on the board until the 3:30 mark of the first quarter as Louisville pulled ahead 17-6 after one quarter. The Leopards held their double digit edge by playing even with Minerva in the second and taking a 35-23 lead into the final period. Louisville doubled up the Lions in that final period 10-5 to seal their first home win of the season.
The Leopards out-rebounded the Lions for the game 22-20 which included a 16-13 advantage on the defensive boards. Hahn led Louisville with a game leading 7 rebounds and Cole also recorded 6. The Leopards also doubled up the Lions in steals 14-7 and recorded 6 blocks on defense.
On offense, Louisville shot 37% (19 of 51) from the floor compared to a 30% (11 of 36) performance by Minerva. The Leopards also shot better from the line at 83% (5 of 6) and slightly better from beyond the arch as Jackson and Cassidy Kiko each hit three-pointers for LHS.
The Lady Lions (2-8, 1-5) were led by Kayla Kinsey who scored a game-high 9 points. Renee Hartong also scored 6 points and Nelle Yankovich added 5. Yankovich was Minerva’s leading rebounder with 6 and she also tied Ella Kendrick with a team-high 3 assists as well.
With the victory, the Leopards have now defeated the Lions in 11 of their last 13 meetings. Louisville now leads the all-time series 43-20, which includes a 23-8 record in games played at LHS.
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UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next travel to West Branch to take on the Warriors on Saturday, January 6. JV will begin at 12:00 PM and Varsity will follow around 1:30 PM.
LEOPARDS 45, LIONS 28
Records: Louisville 2-9, 2-4; Minerva 2-8, 1-5
JV: Louisville 25, Minerva 19, 1 Half
The Lady Leopards JV Team defeated the visiting Minerva Lions 25-19 in a single half game at LHS Wednesday Evening. With the victory, Louisville is now 10-1 on the season which includes a 4-0 record against conference foes.
Sydney Bast scored the Leopards final 6 points of the contest to finish with a game-high 7. Bast drove to the basket and put Louisville ahead 21-16 with 2:30 remaining. After the Lions trimmed the deficit to one possession, Bast later iced the game with a pair of free throws with 11.8 seconds remaining to put the Leopards ahead 24-19.
Sherilynn Mullett also scored 5 and Paige Cole added 4 for Louisville.
The Lady Lions were led by by Kendrick who dropped in a team-high 5. Both Foultz and Miller each added 4 a piece for Minerva as well.
LEOPARDS 25, LIONS 19, 1 Half
LIONS: Kendrick 2 1-1 5, Foultz 1 1-2 4, Miller 2 0-0 4, Walton 1 0-0 3, Green 1 0-0 2, Waytz 0 1-2 1. TOTAL 7 3-5 19.
3-Pointers (2): Foultz, Walton
Team FT: 3-5 60%
LEOPARDS: Bast 1 5-8 7, Mullett 1 3-4 5, Cole 2 0-0 4, Siegfried 1 0-0 3, Joseph 1 0-0 2, Mueller 1 0-0 2, Nyland 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 8 8-12 25.
3-Pointers (1): Siegfried
Team FT: 8-12 67%
Fouls: 8-4 Minerva
Records: Louisville 10-1, 4-0