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Poor first half dooms Lancers in loss at Brown County

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The Edinburgh girls basketball team hadn’t played Brown County in 10 years.

When the teams finally met again, the Eagles didn’t give the Lancers a very warm reception.

Brown County’s two 6-foot forwards, junior Whitney Williamson and senior Sasha Robinson, combined for 49 points and 25 rebounds to help lead the Class 3A Eagles to a 71-37 victory over Class A Edinburgh on Friday night.

Edinburgh coach Bob White liked the Lancers’ second-half play. They only got outscored 30-23 and played the third quarter to a tie.

“Second half, we played pretty much to our ability, pretty respectable, and pretty happy with it,” White said.

But the first half was disappointing.

“Our first half, we gave up so many offensive boards that they scored off,” White said. “(Williamson and Robinson) got half of their points free. Between our defensive effort and our pick-out effort, they got them. That’s what I’m more upset with than anything.

“We did not play physical, hard and pick out the first half. We just didn’t.”

The Eagles (2-0) used their height to dominate Edinburgh in the first half.

In the first quarter, Williamson scored 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. In the second quarter with Williamson in foul trouble,

Robinson took over, scoring 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting and recording eight rebounds.

The two players combined for 29 points and 17 rebounds by halftime as Brown County took a 41-14 lead into the locker room.

Brown County coach Mike Harmon said the Eagles played well together, getting everybody involved and sharing the ball well.

“(Williamson and Robinson) are athletic, and they play well together,” Harmon said. “They look for each other. Those two were going, and my point guard is able to distribute the ball and get it to where it needs to go. It makes us pretty tough.”

Edinburgh senior guard Autumne Burton had a team-high 10 points. Senior Jennifer Stinson added nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.

Williamson scored a game-high 30 points on 15 of 17 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds, while Robinson had 19 points and 17 boards.

Brown County outrebounded Edinburgh 50-23, with 21 of them coming off the offensive glass.

The Lancers (0-2) only have a couple of practices to get ready for their next game.

Edinburgh plays at Class 3A Indian Creek at 7 p.m. Tuesday in an opening-round game of the Johnson County Tournament.

“I just told them, ‘Girls, the immediate issue is getting our fundamentals,’” White said. “We gave them points. If they earn it, that’s fine. But we don’t want to give it to them.

“That’s what I feel like we did.”

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