Let them play...

Monroe Central’s Hannah Bolton attempts to get around Winchester’s Caitlyn Campbell Saturday night in the Bears’ Den where the Falcons snapped Monroe Central’s 32-game home win streak.

Chamberlin heats up in fourth as WC stays unbeaten

Leading by a single digit entering the fourth and final frame, Winchester parlayed five three-pointers into a 10 point victory over Monroe Central Saturday night in a seesaw affair at the Bears’ Den.

Winchester’s win put an end to Monroe Central’s 32-game win streak on its home floor. The Bears last lost in the Den was to the Union Rockets on Jan. 9, 2016, in the county tournament.

The Falcons, meanwhile, have now won 30 games in a row in the Fieldhouse dating back to Dec. 3, 2016, when they lost to – in a bit of irony – Monroe Central. Winchester’s 30-game home streak is behind Michigan City. Penn also has a 30-game win streak.

The Falcons held a slim 35-34 lead entering the final period after the Bears had mounted a furious comeback from a 9-point halftime deficit. But Becca Chamberlin, who had been quiet for the first three quarters, decided to make some noise. 

Gena Moore drained the first Falcon triple off a feed from Chamberlin. Chamberlin took matters into her own hands thereafter, delivering four daggers, piercing the hearts of the Lady Bears and their faithful, effectively dousing any hopes of a Bear comeback in the 60-50 Winchester win.

Becca’s four three-pointers, 12 of her game-high 14 points, sealed the verdict for the Falcons. It was a contest that was a fitting rivalry game between the two county combatants. 

Winchester entered the game 8-0, ranked sixth in Class 3A. Monroe Central began 4-1 and ranked fifth in Class 2A, all the earmarks for a barn-burner.

The game even took on the semblance of a chess match at times, with the rival coaching staffs changing and switching tactics midstream. The Bears took the first and third sessions, the Falcons winning the second and fourth periods.

Gabby Beckham got Monroe Central on the scoreboard first with a hoop. Maddie Lawrence’s three-point play put Winchester in front. Hannah Bolton returned the lead to the Bears with a rebound putback. Maci Chamberlin retaliated with a three-pointer, giving the Lady Falcons a 6-4 advantage.

A Katie Pike rebound basket and a trey from Catherine Duncan swept the Bears in front 10-6. Duncan, a sophomore sub, gave Monroe Central a big lift off the bench, tallying 10 points on the night.

A Moore fielder cut the Winchester deficit in half, before Duncan delivered her second three-pointer of the period. Caitlyn Campbell connected on a triple of her own, slicing the Bear advantage to two at 13-11. With the clock winding its way toward the quarter’s completion, Brooke Bolton staggered the Falcons with a long-range three-ball, ending the first frame and sending the Bears to the bench with a 16-11 lead.

In the waning moments of the first period, Winchester’s Ara Cowper entered the game. It was the first game action for the 6’3” Falcon senior. She had been out with a foot injury to this point of the season. It didn’t take Cowper long to make her presence felt.

First, Cowper grabbed a Falcon misfire, putting it back in the hole to open the second stanza. On the second Winchester possession, Cowper launched a sweeping left-handed hook shot that kissed the backboard and dropped through the twine. The Bear lead was just one point.

Winchester reclaimed the lead on a Campbell three-pointer. Pike tied it at 18-18 with a deuce. The Lawrence sisters scored the next five points, Maddie returning the lead to the Falcons with a pair of freebies, and Morgan putting Winchester up five points with a three-ball.

A pretty dish from Hannah Bolton to Beckham made it 23-20. Campbell followed with her third triple of the contest. Duncan cut it to 26-22 with an 18-foot jumper from the corner.

The final five points of the half belonged to the Falcons. Taylor Hicks rebound basket initiated the spurt. Maddie Lawrence connected on the second of two free tries, while Becca Chamberlin drained a pair of charity tosses, sending Winchester to the locker room at intermission with a 31-22 lead, outscoring the Bears 20-6 in the period.

Whatever Coach Brock Morrison said to the Lady Bears at halftime, his squad took it to heart, especially Pike. The 5’8” senior was almost a one-man wrecking crew during the third period, scoring six points and reeling in a like number of rebounds.

Monroe Central rattled off the first 10 points of the period, six by Pike, to regain the lead, 32-31. Cowper, reinserted into the Falcon lineup, scored Winchester’s first points of the period with 38 seconds remaining, returning the lead to the Falcons.

It lasted all of a few seconds. Beckham, off a nice feed from Brooke Bolton, gave the Bears a 34-33 lead. Cowper put the Falcons on top for good with a fielder in the waning seconds of the period. Winchester led 35-34 at the third stop.

After Moore’s three-pointer opened the final period, McCollum connected from 18-feet out. Winchester quickly scored seven unanswered points, starting with Maddie Lawrence’s rebound bucket. Campbell followed with a steal and lay in, before Becca Chamberlin hit the first of her four three-pointers, catapulting the lead to 45-36. The Bears never got any closer than seven points thereafter.

The loss, the second straight to a county opponent, drops Monroe Central to 4-2. Pike and Duncan hit double figures for the Bears, with 12 and 10 respectively. Pike and Allie Morrison grabbed nine and eight rebounds respectively.

Hannah Bolton added nine points, well below her 20-plus average. Winchester’s gimmick defenses played a part in that. So did the fact that Hannah got into foul trouble during the Bears’ third quarter run, then, sat on the sidelines as Winchester commenced its fourth frame run.

It doesn’t get any easier for Monroe Central. They visit Class 2A fourth ranked Shenandoah on Tuesday before hosting Yorktown on Thursday.

Three Falcons reached twin digits, led by Becca Chamberlin’s 14 markers. Campbell followed with 13 points, while Maddie Lawrence finished with 12 tallies, eight points below her average.

Cowper scored eight points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in limited action.

The Falcons coached by Holly Gutierrez will take its 9-0 record to South Adams on Tuesday. They host Wapahani on Thursday before traveling to Lincoln on Saturday.

Falcons pull away to 

win jayvee contest

Winchester scored the first eight points of the jayvee contest. Monroe Central scored the next seven. Winchester led at the first stop 8-7. The lead seesawed throughout the second period, with Winchester owning a 20-19 lead at the half.

The Falcons outscored Monroe Central 19-2 in the third stanza, breaking open the close contest to prevail 50-27.

The Bears drop to 3-2 on the season. Pyper Shauer and Sami Farmer led the Monroe Central attack with eight and six points respectively.

Brooklynn Hummel paced a balanced Winchester attack with 10 points. Hailey Lanter notched eight points, while Mabrey McIntire, Nevaeh Lanter, and Zoey Craw tossed in seven tallies apiece for the 8-0 Falcon jayvee squad.

Varsity Summary

Winchester          11   31   35   60

Monroe Central   16   22   34   50

FALCONS—Ma. Lawrence 2 8-10 12, B. Chamberlin 4 2-2 14, Moore 2 0-0 5, Cowper 4 0-0 8, Mo. Lawrence 1 0-0 3, Campbell 4 2-2 13, M. Chamberlin 1 0-0 3, Hicks 1 0-0 2, N. Lanter 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 12-14 60. 

BEARS—B. Bolton 1 0-0 3, Beckham 4 0-0 8, Pike 3 5-7 12, H. Bolton 3 2-2 9, McCollum 2 1-2 5, Morrison 1 1-2 3, Duncan 4 0-0 10. Totals 18 9-13 50.

Junior Varsity Summary

Winchester          8   20   39   50

Monroe Central   7   19   21   27

FALCONS—H. Lanter 8, McIntire 7, L. Lanter 4, Riggin 0, N. Lanter 7, Stilwell 2, Craw 7, Hicks 5, Hummel 10.

BEARS—Hale 0, Price 0, Shinn 2, H. Keeley 3, A. Keeley 0. Armour 3, McGrath 4, Duncan 1, Shauer 8, Farmer 6.