The bitter cold wiped out Mahomet-Seymour's chance to get a second-straight win, but the Lady Bulldogs have started to figure some things out down the stretch. The Lady Bulldogs sit at 11-13 overall and 3-6 in Apollo Conference play after dropping a nonconference battle with Normal West and knocking off Lincoln.
In 10 days, the Bulldogs will start regional play. M-S is in the Class 3A Taylorville Sectional. The official bracket and seeds will be released today on the IHSA website. M-S will travel to either Mount Zion or Clinton for regional action.
Normal West 54, M-S 39. Whitney Bozarth was one of four Normal West hoopers to score more than eight points, as it toppled M-S 54-39 last Thursday.
Bozarth led the way with 11 points, while Averie Hernandez, Ayanna Gibbs and Olivia Demosthenes all added eight points.
It was tied at 21 at the half, but Normal West broke it open with an 18-6 run in the third quarter. Bulldogs' senior Kailyn Northrup led the way with nine points. Nichole Taylor had eight, and Makayla Rosenbery chipped in seven.
Seniors Abby Kyle and Maddy Wade both had four points. Lakeida Nichols was held to just two points.
Sammie Beyer also chipped in two points.
M-S 44, Lincoln 38. The Lady Bulldogs' defense travels. M-S went on the road last Saturday and shut down Lincoln's offense, holding the Railsplitters to just 13 made field goals all night. Lincoln didn't score more than 12 points in any quarter.
Rosenbery had a huge day, totaling 18 points, nine steals and four rebounds. Rosenbery hit four-of-seven free throws and two three-pointers.
Wade added 10 points and a couple steals.
Nichols, Northrup and Wheeler all had four points. Nichols tallied a team-high 10 rebounds. Northrup had eight rebounds and dished out a team-high three assists.
Taylor and Kyle each had two points.
The Lady Bulldogs will finish up their road trip with a game on Saturday against Mattoon. The varsity game will start at 12:30 p.m. On Monday, M-S will travel to Danville for a nonconference tilt at 7:30 p.m. Coach Nathan Seal's crew will be back at home for senior night on Feb. 7 against Taylorville. M-S will honor five seniors: Ainsley Jessup, Abby Kyle, Lakeida Nichols, Kailyn Northrup and Maddy Wade.