Tough losses place M-S girls' basketball record at 12-10

The Mahomet-Seymour girls' basketball team dropped two games in the past week.

The Bulldogs (12-10) lost to Normal West last Thursday and to Lincoln last Friday.

"Obviously the week didn't go as we had hoped," M-S coach Nathan Seal said. "Each game was close, and we had our opportunities, but weren't able to get the win.

"Both Normal West and Lincoln are good teams, and we knew we would have to play very well in order to win."

Against Normal West, the Bulldogs fell behind 18-9 in the first quarter, and Normal West took a 36-18 lead into half.

"Normal West is a very athletic team that put a lot of pressure on us with their defense," Seal said. "Their on-the-ball defense and speed made it difficult for us on the offensive end."

The Bulldogs battled back in the fourth quarter to outscore Normal West 11-3, but it was not enough in the 40-35 loss.

"Overall, I thought we played well on the defensive end," Seal said, "and I was really proud of how we made a run in the fourth quarter."

Erin Lenschow and Amanda Franklin hit double-digit scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Lenschow added eight rebounds, two assists and three steals, and Franklin had five rebounds and three assists.

Cassidi Collins collected a team-high 12 rebounds to go with two points, and Kailyn Northrup contributed four points, four rebounds and a team-high three blocks.

Jessica Franklin recorded five rebounds and two points, and Abbie Velazquez scored three points. Abby Kyle collected three rebounds, and Alexa Franklin scored two points.

"I thought our girls competed very well in each of the games, but unfortunately it wasn't quite enough," Seal said.

Against Lincoln in the Coaches vs. Cancer game, M-S fell behind 17-10 early in the second quarter, but tied the game at 17 when Lenschow hit a three-pointer and a basket in the paint with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left in the half.

Lincoln extended the lead to six points, until Velazquez hit a three-pointer to end the half and cut the lead to 27-24.

M-S came out strong in the third quarter with back-to-back baskets from Jessica Franklin and another five points from Lenschow to outscore the Railers 14-9 in the third quarter.

Lincoln took over the game in the fourth quarter for the eventual 56-47 win.

Lenschow finished with a game-high 25 points to go with four rebounds and two steals.

"It was nice for her to have such a big offensive game," Seal said. "Even when she doesn't score 25 points, she is the type of player that always finds ways to help the team.

"She is a complete player with her ability to rebound, defend, pass and handle the ball. Hopefully, she can stay hot on the offensive end as we get to the end of the season."

Amanda Franklin collected a team-high 10 rebounds while adding eight points and two steals.

Velazquez scored five points, and Jessica Franklin and Northrup each scored four points.

Jessica Franklin also added five rebounds, a team-high four assists and two steals, and Northrup collected two rebounds and two assists.

Collins ripped down five rebounds and had two steals, and Maddy Wade scored a point.

M-S is fourth in the Apollo Conference with a 4-6 record.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Urbana for senior night on Monday, then travel to Taylorville on Thursday for M-S' last game of the regular season and the last Apollo Conference matchup.

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