After Jennifer Stinson topped the 1,000-point mark in her career Tuesday night at Medora, one of the first people she thought about was her cousin.
“My cousin, Emily Owens, is my role model, and she made great strides, and she broke the rebounding record,” Stinson said after scoring 29 points to help the Lancers defeat Medora 59-48.
Owens, who graduated two years ago, is the only other Edinburgh girl to top the 1,000 mark. Stinson reached the milestone with a basket in the third quarter.
“It’s a great honor,” she said. “Going into my freshman year it was something I thought about. My teammates were great.”
Lancers coach Bob White said, “Stinson is a great, all-around player. Even against the big schools this year, Seymour and Brown County, she had 20-some points and 10-15 rebounds even against them.”
Stinson, who plans to attend Purdue University to study veterinary medicine, has 1,010 points for her career. She made 10 2-point field goals and a 3-pointer and was 6 for 8 at the free-throw line.
Medora coach Brad McCammon said the Hornets had a hard time containing Stinson.
“Garry (Elkins, assistant coach) and I went up to Trinity and watched them play against Trinity, and she made a lot (12) of free throws,” McCammon said. “She is very strong inside, and she’s smart enough to know that with her size (5-10) she is going to take it in strong, and it’d hard for us to combat that.
“We’re not big in any means anyway, and it’s difficult enough when we’re trying to seal out and do things we need to do, and she just created a lot of problems for us.”
The game was tied at 11 going into the second quarter when Stinson scored 11 points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer that put the Lancers on top 24-23 at the half.
A three-point play by Maile Cox, followed by a layup by Kaylie Littiken extended Edinburgh’s lead to 29-23 at the start of the third period, and the visitors led the rest of the way.
Medora closed the difference to 34-33 with three minutes remaining in the period before Edinburgh went on a 7-0 run and led 41-33 going into the fourth period.
“We’re still playing inconsistent, but we didn’t drop our head totally at the end, and we made somewhat of a comeback when they had us down in the second quarter,” White said. “We maintained after that. This year, we’ve been very up-and-down. Whenever we fall behind after leading, we’d just drop our head and lighten up. This time, we didn’t lighten up. We fought back.”
Cox added 11 points for the Lancers. Stinson topped all players with 17 rebounds.
White said he was especially pleased with the performances of Meisha Schooler, Mariah Brown and Littiken, who came up with a key basket, a rebound or a defensive stop that helped the Lancers keep the lead.
Edinburgh held a 35-29 advantage in rebounds, and White said he felt like his team did a good job in the second half.
“We were down four boards in the first half,” he said. “We started positioning better. We were moving our feet a little better. We were wanting to reach in the first half.
“Our offensive sets weren’t where I want them. We’ve got only one more game to get them right before sectional. We’ve got to have more patience on our offense. We seem to rush things. We make one or two passes, and then we’re going to the basket. We’ve got to fix that quick.”
Ashley Lambert and Mariah Campbell topped Medora with 12 points each.
Edinburgh (5-14) will close out its regular season on Friday at Indianapolis Lutheran.