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Indians girls fall Tuesday to conference foe Carterville, 61-36

  • Katie Smith maneuvers the ball away from Lions' defenders.

    Katie Smith maneuvers the ball away from Lions' defenders.
    Amanda Jarzynski/Du Quoin Call

  • Du Quoin's Meryn Gross (left) is blocked on the sideline by Carterville's Abbey Crain.

    Du Quoin's Meryn Gross (left) is blocked on the sideline by Carterville's Abbey Crain.
    Amanda Jarzynski/Du Quoin Call

By Amanda Jarzynski
updated: 12/1/2017 3:37 PM

CARTERVILLE -- The Du Quoin Indians girls' varsity basketball team (2-3) knew it would have a challenge against the Lions of Carterville.

Tuesday night, the Indians suffered a hard 61-36 road loss to the Lions who made quick work of the visiting team. By halftime, all of their starters were sitting out to give the younger members of the squad a shot on the court.

The Lions started the game with a 14-point run with help from Megan Barton who scored six points, a 3-pointer by Abbey Crain, another 3-point and one field goal from Jeniah Thompson.

"We knew going in they are good," said Indians' coach Shawn File. "We just weren't able to match their intensity and we dug ourselves a huge hole. We didn't play with a lot of fire tonight."

The Indians were scoreless until halfway through the first quarter when Meryn Gross (six points) drained her first of two treys on the night.

Teammates Elizabeth Bird (seven points) and Katie Smith (five points) got on the board as well, but the Lions continued their charge and took a 21-8 lead into the second quarter.

There, they only extended their lead while the visiting Indians struggled to find scoring chances.

Morgan Bullar (six points) opened the scoring for the Indians, but then the Tribe did not score again until senior Grace Haney (six points) poked in a field goal nearly halfway through the quarter.

Junior Chloe Hill (two points) put up her lone field goal of the game before Gross scored her second trey to end the scoring before halftime.

Meanwhile, the Lions continued their strong offense at the other end of the court. They put up another 18 points to take a 39-17 lead into the break.

The Indians were nearly shut out in the third quarter and only tallied six points next to the Lions' 16 points. Barton put up six of the total while teammate Montana Taylor put up five (two field goals and an extra free throw).

By the fourth quarter, both team placed their JV members on the court to get some varsity-level experience. That was when the Indians attempted to claw their way back into the game.

"Anytime you're trying to get better, it's good for the JV to get some minutes," File said. "They played with some intensity and tried to get things done. Hopefully, the varsity will pick up and be ready to go Thursday night."

The Tribe scored 13 points before the final buzzer. Haney put up four of the points while Bullar added four, Bird tallied a pair of free throws (on two separate occasions) and freshman Maddie Robison added one free throw to finish the scoring for the visitors.

Also contributing for the Indians were Maya Russell with one point and Delaynie Dearmond with two points.

Scoring leaders for the Lions were Barton (22 points), Crain (10 points), Thompson (nine points) and Reese Herrin (six points).

The Indians host Harrisburg at 6:15 p.m. for JV with varsity to follow Thursday night.