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North Decatur senior too much for Lancers

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Behind the hot shooting of senior Jenna Meyer, the North Decatur girls basketball team defeated visiting Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Edinburgh 65-52 Thursday night.

Meyer, who was coming off a career-high 34-point effort in a win against Milan, burned the Lancers for a game-high 25 points.

North Decatur improves to 9-7 with the win. Edinburgh falls to 4-12.

The Chargers’ offensive plan from the outset was clear — get the ball down low to Meyer. They succeeded, finding Meyer frequently for short jumpers and easy layups.

With the game tied at 6-all, senior guard Autumne Burton knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Lancers an early lead. But it wouldn’t last.

With time running down in the first quarter, junior Abby Lamb hit the first of two 3-pointers at the end of period to give North Decatur a 16-14 edge.

Forcing eight turnovers in the second quarter, the Chargers’ went on a 9-0 run to increase their lead to 28-20.

By halftime, Meyer had 12 points, and the Chargers had a 35-25 advantage.

North Decatur kept up the pressure in the second half, extending its lead to 54-38 by the end of the third period.

The Chargers were never seriously challenged the rest of the way. The Lancers outscored the Chargers 14-11 in the final quarter, but the closest they would get would be 14 points in the final period.

Senior forward Jennifer Stinson led the Lancers with 25 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Senior guard Autumne Burton added 10 points, and senior guard Maile Cox added eight.

Apart from those seniors, the Lancers’ varsity roster includes four freshmen, three sophomores and one junior.

“We have a lot of younger girls that are going to have to step up and do their part,” Stinson said. “ And it’s probably a lot more than they should have to. So I should try to put them under my wing and teach them individual skills to get them ready for the next game and for next year. They just have to keep working hard every day.”

Edinburgh (4-12) travels to Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Waldron on Monday.

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