Black’s double-double and LeCrone’s late game
heroics lifts Lady Tigers over Paris, 47-44

 A battle of Lady Tigers

was greated by the fans of

historic Ron Herrin Gymnasium

as Olney and Paris

battled in a matcup of Little

Illini Conference undefeated


Olney entered the day at

8-2 overall and 3-0 in the

LIC. Paris made the trip to

Olney with a 10-1 record

and 3-0 in the league.

Paris was riding high off

a big win the night before

over West Vigo (78-28)

and on a six game winning

streak. Olney was looking

to bounce back from having

their five game streak

snapped on Saturday at

the hands of Teutopolis


The game was everything

that both sides expected

as neither team was

going to go down without

a fight.

Paris kickstarted the

scoring with a triple by

Jenna Gates from the top

of the key to jump ahead


Olney would answer

with four unanswered to

claim their first lead just

over two minutes into the


Both teams would alternate

shots after Adrian

Brinkerhoff tied the game

at 4-4.

Brittany Black and Julie

Luna each had buckets to

give Olney momentary

leads before Paris would

answer right back.

Luna knocked in a pair

of free throws and Taylor

LeCrone burried a triple

from a Luna feed to give

Olney the biggest lead of

the game at 14-9 with 1:29

to play in the first quarter.

After Luna picked up

her second foul, Olney was

able to close the final

minute with the lead heading

into the second ahead


Just 31 seconds into the

seconds quarter, Lady

Tiger leading scorer Julie

Luna picked up her third

foul and had to head to the


“Once (Coach) took Julie

out, what was going

through my head was I

had to run point guard and

I needed to keep control of

the game,” LeCrone said.

“Keep it slowed down and

keep my teammates under

control and run the offense.”

The Lady Tigers would

have to play without one of

their best players for a significant

amount of time.

“When your leading

scorer goes out with three

fouls in the second quarter,

somebody has got to step

up. I thought Taylor did a

good job of that and hit

some big shots,” Mark

Anselment, Lady Tiger

head coach, said about

playing without Luna. “I

thought collectively our

team stepped up too and

understood the situation at


LeCrone switched to the

point and the Lady Tigers

would play through

LeCrone and standout on

the night Brittany Black.

“Brittany Black stepped

up,” said Anselment about

the sophomore center.

“Brittany probably had on

eof the games of her life.

She made some big baskets

and big rebounds.”

Olney would play just

well enough to hold off the

charge from Paris in the

second quarter. Both sets

of Lady Tigers knew every

play could be a deciding

factor in the outcome.

LeCrone stopped a 2:15

stretch scoreless streak by

both teams at the 4:59

mark when she rose up

from deep and burried another

triple to keep Olney

ahead 19-15.

Paris would close the

gap on a 4-1 run to end the

quarter as Gates knocked

down a pair of free throws

and Brooklyn Westerfield

scored on a fast break

layup to tie the game at 19.

Tara Hughes would convert

one of her two free

throws with 9.3 seconds

remaining to send Olney

into the halftime break

leading 20-19.

“We managed a second

quarter playing without

(Luna) and maintained

control of the game,”

Anselment said about the

playing the second quarter

without senior Julie Luna

who had three fouls.

When at the half, each

team would try to change

things up and alter the

strategies, and Olney’s

Mark Anselment was very

determined to keep the

tempo in the favor of the

Olney version of the Lady


“We are controlling tempo,

and they don’t like

that,” Anselment said that

he told his squad at halftime

about keeping the

run-and-gun Paris Lady

Tigers in a slow tempo

game. “The big adjustment

was, don’t make bad


The second half got

started quiclky as each

team traded early buckets


After a pair of trips to

the charity stripe, Paris

would reclaim the lead at

24-22 with 5:16 to play in

the third.

Paris would then put on

the jets on a fast break to

extend their lead to four, a

game high, with 4:43 to

play, 26-22.

Brittany Black would

halt the run with a half

hook in the paint to cut the

gap in half and Colleen Inyart

followed that up with

a lefty layup to tie the

game back at 26.

Olney would close a 7-0

run and take a three point

lead as junior Logan

Kauble banked in a go

ahead triple from the point

to surge Olney ahead 29-

26.Black would give Olney a

31-27 lead with just under

two minutes to play in the

third with and up-and-under

move from the block

after a nifty feed from


Sarah Isaf, the leader of

the Paris Lady Tigers,

would close the quarter

strong to tie the game

again at 31 all with 51 seconds

to play in the third


The 31-31 score would

be the end of the third and

the all important final period

of play was awaiting

this back-and-forth affair.

Isaf again got the Lady

Tigers of Paris going early

in the fourth with an offbalance

runner to put

Paris ahead by two.

“She can shoot from anywhere,”

LeCrone said

about Isaf. “She is a great

player and can drop 30

anytime she wants.”

The Lday Tigers of Olney

had to find a way to

halt the momentum being

built by Isaf.

Luna made her presence

felt in the fourth by converting

in the paint to tie

the game.

“Our foundation defense

is man-to-man. You have

got to learn how to play

man-to-man defense beforey

you can play anything

else,” Anselment said

of the way Olney attacked

Paris defensively. “I

thought our kids did a

pretty good job on most


Both teams would exchange

shots and try to

wrestle a fixture on the

lead throughout the final

period of play.

Brittany Black gave Olney

a lead with a nice read

and jumper with 3:45 to

play, 37-35.

Neither squad could

gain a footing and the

game went back-and-forth

over the final minutes.

With Olney going ahead

with another jumper from

Brittany Black at 44-43,

Paris would answer by getting

to the charity stripe.

Splitting the free trhows

and tying the game for the

13th time at 44 with just

46.5 seconds to play in the

game, Paris had their

sights set on an extra session.

“We got tie game situation,

40 seconds and we

knew we wanted to get the

last one. We did a good

job of maintaining possession.

We get it down to 13

seconds,” Anselment said.

“We were wanting to get to

the rack. We were not

wanting a one pass shot or

a catch and shoot. And

certainly we wanted to

make sure we got an attempt


 During the final 13.3 seconds

following an Olney

timeout, Paris did a good

job of taking away what Olney

was looking for on the


“I thought let’s roll the

dice and we could run

something a little bit better

on the fly,” said Anselment

of the final possession.

“Our kids ran the first part

right, and then it kind of

turned into a busted play,”

“You have to give credit to

their defense.”

With the time running

out, junior Taylor LeCrone

had the ball deep at the

point. Paris was smothering

LeCrone who was

falling away and launched

a deep three at the buzzer.

“I saw the girl double

team us and I saw the clock

and knew we didn’t have

enough time,” said LeCrone

of the final play. “I knew it

was our only shot so I just

threw one up.”

The ball floated in the air

as both teams held their

breath waiting the ball to

fall either through the net,

or off the rim.

“It was on a line,”

LeCrone said of the shot.

“But I thought I pushed it

too hard.”

The ball never touched

the rim as it swished the

net and gave Olney the

buzzer beating victory over


“In that situation, if that

is the shot we are going to

get, we would like to have

Taylor shooting it,” Anselment

said of the heave to

win the game. “Taylor

shoots 10 to 15 half-court

threes in practice.”

“I don’t even remember

seeing the ball go through

the net,” LeCrone said. “After

that I just saw everybody

running towards me.

It was the biggest adrenaline

rush I have ever had.”

Olney picked up the win

47-44 and improved to 9-2

on the year and stays unblemished

at 4-0 in the Little

Illini Conference.

Paris drops to 10-2 on

the year and 3-1 in the LIC.

“It is a big win for this

team, and a big win for this

program,” Anselment reflected

on the victory “But

this is a big confidence

booster for our team in our

ability to control the basketball.

We have the ability

to slow you down and control



Points: Brittany Black -

17, Taylor LeCrone - 13,

Julie Luna - 11, Logan

Kauble - 3, Colleen Inyart -

2, Tara Hughes - 1.

Rebounds: Brittany

Black - 10, Taylor LeCrone

- 6, Colleen Inyart - 4,

Haven Doll - 3, Logan

Kauble - 2, Julie Luna - 1.

Assists: Haven Doll - 3,

Logan Kauble - 2, Taylor

LeCrone - 2, Julie Luna - 2,

Colleen Inyart - 1.

Blocks: Taylor LeCrone -

1, Julie Luna - 1, Colleen

Inyart - 1, Brittany Black -


Steals: Taylor LeCrone -



Sarah Isaf - 20, Karrington

Krabel - 8, Jenna Gates

- 7, Brooklyn Westerfield -

5, McKayla Watson - 2,

Adrian Brinkerhoff - 1,

Kelsie Crampton - 1.


In junior varsity play, the

Lady Tigers picked up a

win over Paris.

The junior varsity Lady

Tigers picked up the win

35-32, to complete the

sweep of Paris.



Mikaela Inskeep - 17,

Raegan Hires - 7, Tara

Hughes - 3, Haven Doll - 2,

Paige Steber - 2, Bree Zuber

- 2.


The Lady Tigers will return

to the court at the

39th Annual Mattoon Girls

Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Olney will open up pool

play on Wednesday, December

27th facing off

against the host Lady Wave

of Mattoon at 11:30 am.

Remaining pool play

games will be Wednesday,

December 27th at 3:00 pm

against Vandalia and

Thursday, December 28th

at 1:00 pm against St. Anthony.

A crossover game and

trophy round game will

also be on the schedule.