Arcanum downs Lady Lakers to advance

COVINGTON – The Arcanum Lady Trojans used a record setting 20 game win season to defeat the Indian Lake Lady Lakers 61-27 in second round OHSAA DIII Sectional tournament action.

“It was a team effort – all of them,” said Arcanum coach Abbey Moore. “At times defensively we had some letdowns and those are going to be some big focuses in practice these next couple of days – and getting motivated.”

“Trust me,” Moore continued. “That is not going to be hard because these girls are motivated right now. We set a school record for the most wins in a season at Arcanum but we’re not going to be satisfied with that. That is a big honor for these girls and they deserve everything moving forward they are going to get.”

The Lady Trojans got on the board just 3 seconds into the contest with Hailey Unger grabbing the opening tip from teammate Taylor Gray to score on a driving layup and give Arcanum a quick 2-0 lead.

Indian Lake answered with a bucket to make it a 2-2 game in what would prove to be the closest the score would be the balance of night.

Arcanum took advantage of a 23-0 run racing out to a 25-2 lead with 1:06 showing on the first quarter clock before the teams would close out first quarter play with the Lady Trojans holding a 25-4 advantage.

Coach Moore continued to go to her bench in second quarter play and pulled the Lady Trojans smothering defense in second half action while playing her entire bench.

Keeping the game respectable, Coach Moore and the Lady Trojans would not score in the final quarter with the Lady Lakers taking the final period by a 1-0 score.

“We talked about respecting our opponent in the locker room before the game started,” said Coach Moore. “For one of these teams tonight it is going to be your last game of the year. I use that to motivate my girls so that we make sure it’s not our last.”

“We’re not ready for this special season to be over but yet at the same time I want them to know it is these girl’s last game, so we do it with dignity and respect,” Moore added. “I felt like we were able to do that tonight.”

Arcanum junior, Hailey Unger led Arcanum and all scorers with a game high 24 points.

With the win, Arcanum advances in tournament play to face the Anna Lady Rockets; the team that battled back from a large deficit in the 2019-2020 tournament to bounce the Lady Trojans out of tournament play.

Anna comes into the game earning a 50-11 Sectonal win over Dayton’s Northridge Lady Polar Bears. Like Arcanum’s strong start, the Lady Rockets raced out to a 19-2 first quarter lead in their Wednesday night win over Northridge.

Arcanum and Anna will tipoff Monday, February 22 at Versailles High School with a 5:30 p.m. start time.

Arcanum coach, Abbey Moore talkes to her team in the Lady Trojans tournament win over Indian Lake.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Abbey-Moore-2.jpgArcanum coach, Abbey Moore talkes to her team in the Lady Trojans tournament win over Indian Lake.

Ellie Fout positions for a rebound in Arcanum’s OHSAA second round tournament victory.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Ellie-Fout-2-1.jpgEllie Fout positions for a rebound in Arcanum’s OHSAA second round tournament victory.

Arcanum’s Emilie Fout battles for a shot in the paint in the Lady Trojans OHSAA Sectional win over Indian Lake.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Emilie-Fout-2.jpgArcanum’s Emilie Fout battles for a shot in the paint in the Lady Trojans OHSAA Sectional win over Indian Lake.

Hailey Unger drills a 3-pointer for three of her game high 24 points in tournament win over the Lady Lakers.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Hailey-Unger-2-3.jpgHailey Unger drills a 3-pointer for three of her game high 24 points in tournament win over the Lady Lakers.

Hailey Unger drives to the basket to score 2 of her game high 24 points in the Arcanum Lady Trojans tournament win over Indian Lake.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Hailey-Unger-a-1.jpgHailey Unger drives to the basket to score 2 of her game high 24 points in the Arcanum Lady Trojans tournament win over Indian Lake. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Arcanum’s lone senior, Hannah Smith works for a shot in the Lady Trojans tournament victory over Indian Lake.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Hannah-Smith-2-1.jpgArcanum’s lone senior, Hannah Smith works for a shot in the Lady Trojans tournament victory over Indian Lake. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Kaitlyn Toy goes strong to the basket for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans round two tournament win over Indian Lake.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Kaitlyn-Toy-2-1.jpgKaitlyn Toy goes strong to the basket for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans round two tournament win over Indian Lake. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Kylee Freeman sets an Arcanum screen in the Lady Trojans Sectional win over Indian Lake.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Kylee-Freeman-1.jpgKylee Freeman sets an Arcanum screen in the Lady Trojans Sectional win over Indian Lake. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Arcanum’s Madelyn Fearon brings the ball upcourt for the Lady Trojans in the team’s win over Indian Lake.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Madelyn-Fearon-b-1.jpgArcanum’s Madelyn Fearon brings the ball upcourt for the Lady Trojans in the team’s win over Indian Lake. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Madelyn Fearon takes a foul on her way to the basket in the Lady Trojans tournament win over the Lady Lakers.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Madelyn-Fearon-2-2.jpgMadelyn Fearon takes a foul on her way to the basket in the Lady Trojans tournament win over the Lady Lakers. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Meghan McCans launches a three for the Lady Trojans win tournament win over the Indian Lake Lady Lakers.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Meghan-McCans-2-1.jpgMeghan McCans launches a three for the Lady Trojans win tournament win over the Indian Lake Lady Lakers. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Taylor Gray scores for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans OHSAA tournament win over the Indian Lake Lady Lakers.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Taylor-Gray-2-8.jpgTaylor Gray scores for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans OHSAA tournament win over the Indian Lake Lady Lakers. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media

Taylor Gray scores for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans second round OHSAA Sectional win over the Lady Lakers.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Taylor-Gray-3-3.jpgTaylor Gray scores for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans second round OHSAA Sectional win over the Lady Lakers. Gaylen Blosser | Darke County Media
Lady Trojans trottle back second half play in big tournament win over Indian Lake.

By Gaylen Blosser

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