Lady Vandals finish second at Litchfield Tournament

The Lady Vandals improved to 4-1 over the weekend, as they finished the Litchfield Tournament 3-1, which earned them a second-place finish.
After opening up the tournament with a 43-32 win over Nokomis, the Lady Vandals faced off against Carlinville last Tuesday evening.
Vandalia came out to a hot start early on, as six first-quarter points from Makayla Tinker helped give the Vandals an 18-5 lead going into the second quarter.
Vandal seniors Madelyn Hosick and Karlie Bright helped lead a balanced offensive attack in the second quarter, scoring four points apiece, giving them a 30-15 lead at halftime.
The Cavaliers continued their struggles on offense, as the Lady Vandals went into the fourth quarter with a 43-27 lead.  From there, Vandalia would coast on to win 53-33 to move to 2-0 in the tournament.
Hosick finished with a team-high 12 points, five rebounds and six steals. Other contributors were Bright, with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals; Madison Klanke, with 10 points; Tinker, with eight points; and Olivia Marquardt, with five points, five rebounds and three steals.
The Lady Vandals faced off against the host of the tournament, Litchfield, on Friday night.
The Lady Panthers proved to be a difficult task for the 3-0 Vandal squad.  A 22-point second quarter, propelled by nine points form Abby Brockmeyer, gave Litchfield a 32-21 lead going into the second half.
The Lady Vandals failed to string together a second-half comeback, as the Lady Panthers won 59-42. Brockmeyer led the Panthers with a team-high 24 points.
Hosick led the Lady Vandals in the loss with a team-high 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal. Other contributors were Bright, with 10 points and five rebounds; Tinker, with eight points, four rebounds and one steal; and Marquardt, with four points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Vandalia finished up tournament action Saturday night, facing off against Mt. Olive.
Vandal senior Leah Francis led the way early, scoring eight first quarter points, which helped the Lady Vandals out to a 12-2 lead going into the second quarter.
The Wildcats answered with 16 second-quarter points, cutting the Vandal lead to 20-18 at halftime.
The back-and-forth action continued as Mt. Olive chipped away at the Lady Vandals lead, going into the fourth quarter trailing 30-29.
A 13-12 fourth quarter advantage for Mt. Olive forced the game to a 42-42 tie at the end of four quarters.
However, Tinker scored the lone basket in overtime to give the Lady Vandals the 44-42 victory to help them finish the tournament 3-1.
Francis led the way in the overtime win, finishing with a team-high 16 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.  Other key contributors were Tinker, with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals; Bright, with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals; and Marquardt, with four points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Despite finishing tied for the best record at 3-1, the Lady Vandals were awarded second-place due to a head-to-head tiebreaker with Litchfield.
The 4-1 Lady Vandals will continue action this Thursday, as they travel to take on conference foe, Gillespie.

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