By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — It may have looked liked Lehman Catholic girls basketball teams first game of the season in the early going Saturday night at Sidney High School against cross-town rival Sidney.
And for good reason.
But, Lehman never trailed after a Hope Anthony basket in the early going for a 4-3 lead and pulled away for a 51-34 victory.
Sidney, who had played Russia on Friday night, dropped to 0-2.
If there were more miscues than usual early for the Cavaliers, it is because not only was it their first game, they haven’t spent a lot of time on the floor period.
“The season is underway,” Lehman coach Craig Hall said after the game. “We haven’t even had 10 days of practice together because of the success of the volleyball and soccer teams. It did look like the first game of the season at times.”
Hall felt like it being Sidney’s second game was not a big disadvantage.
“I think it probably helped Sidney in a way, already having a game in,” Hall said. “And I think it may have worked to our advantage because Sidney’s legs weren’t as fresh.”
After field goals by Lauren McFarland and Hope Anthony helped Lehman take an 18-10 midway through the second quarter, Sidney closed within 21-16 at the break. Alina Kindle had half the Jackets first half points, including two threes in the opening quarter.
Lehman scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 30-16 lead.
Grace Monnin hit two jumpers, McFarland hit four free throws and Anthony added one in the run.
After that, the only real challenge for Lehman was avoiding fouls.
The Cavaliers held Sidney without a field goal in the third quarter, but by the end of the quarter, Sidney was in the double bonus.
“I don’t mind when a player makes a mistake,” Hall said. “What I don’t want is when you make a mistake, to turn around and foul at the other end.”
Sidney wasn’t able to take advantage as the Jackets only points in the quarter came on two free throws by Kindle and two free throws by Hallie Truesdale.
That left Lehman with a 32-20 advantage and Lehman would pull away in the fourth quarter.
Hall also cited the play of sophomore Emma Kennedy off the bench.
“When Carly (Edwards) had to go out, I put Emma (Kennedy) in,” Hall said. “I know she is always going to give me everything she’s got. I thought she had a great third quarter for us. Our JV coach (Joe Anthony) looked at me and said, “I guess I am not going to be getting her much for JV games anymore’.”
Sidney didn’t make a field goal until Kindle scored at the 6:50 mark of the fourth quarter.
She had 13 of Sidney’s 18 points in the second half and finished with 21, while Truesdale added six.
Monnin scored 10 points in the second half and led the Cavaliers balanced attack with 12 points.
McFarland added 10, Edwards scored eight and Anthony and Anna Cianciolo both finished with six points.
Rylee McIver suffered an arm injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.
“This is the most seniors I have had,” Hall said. “One (Allison Bornhorst) has an injury, but I still have four that played.”
Which is an advantage the Cavaliers can use as they continue to get more practice time in before heading to Catholic Central Thursday.
Rob Kiser is Second Page Sports Editor. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.