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Brookside 83, Lutheran West 66
By Emilie Hausmann staff
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Longhorns lost their sixth conference game and eighth overall on Tuesday night in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover versus Stars Division rival Brookside. The Longhorns led for most of the first quarter, but struggled in the second and never really recovered against a tough Cardinals team.
Lutheran West started the game off with a 15-7 lead, but were soon brought down by Brookside’s two top scorers of the night, Hunter Skolnicki and Nathan Keith. The defense and the offense of the Longhorns suffered during the second quarter as they only scored 12 points while the Cardinals scored 21, leading to an one point lead for Brookside at the half. During the second quarter, the Cardinals’ Keith was big in the paint scoring five of his thirteen baskets and six of his ten rebounds. In contrast LW committed eight of their 24 turnovers in the second.
After suffering a changing of the tide during the second quarter, the Longhorns still had some composure. Behind junior Dan Hillenbrand, Lutheran West was able to keep the score close and even tie the game at 43 with three minutes left. Just after that, Brookside’s Skolnicki hit a long jumper that gave them the lead for good.
The Longhorns continued on a downward spiral in the fourth quarter. They gave up thirty points and only scored 19; Brookside shut them down and took advantage of the team’s turnovers and mistakes, leading the Cardinals to a season high 83 points.
One main contributing factor the loss for West was their shooting. The Longhorns shot a low 36% (21-57), while Brookside shot 51% (30-59). The other main factor was turnovers as West committed eight more than Brookside’s 16. Otherwise, the stats were fairly even, if not in favor of the Longhorns, showing how poor shooting and ball-handling can ultimately cost a team the game.
Hillenbrand led the Longhorns with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Seniors Shane Elkins had 14 and Ricky Downer had 9.
Tue 12/6/11
L, 61-49
Fri 12/9/11
L, 67-64
Tue 12/13/11
L, 67-59
Fri 12/16/11
W, 68-60
Tue 12/20/11
W, 57-44
Tue 1/3/12
W, 82-39
Fri 1/6/12
L, 53-51
Tue 1/10/12
L, 66-59
Fri 1/13/12
W, 68-65
Tue 1/17/12
L, 77-64
Fri 1/20/12
L, 68-64
Tue 1/24/12
L, 83-66
Fri 1/27/12
W, 83-58
Tue 1/31/12
L, 65-52
Fri 2/3/12
L, 59-56
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