The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


December 18, 2012

Attica gets past Fountain Central

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — It could have been a good game when Attica traveled to Fountain Central to play girls’ basketball.

It could have been Linley Smith of the Mustangs battling Ashley Mitton under the boards. It could have been Kaylynn Kirkpatrick of the visitors dueling with Mary Frazee out on the wings. It could have been Maci Kyger battling with any of the Fountain Central guards.

It could have been — and was, but only for about seven minutes. After that, the game ceased to be basketball and became more like roller derby with Attica winning 47-34.

In the opening minutes, Attica got the ball to Kirkpatrick who hit a jumper and then got fouled and made one of two free throws to lead 3-0.

Fountain Central used good ball movement and got the ball to Mackenzie Hurd who went to the line and made a pair of free throws.

On the next possession, she made a lay-up off a pass from Smith, missing the ensuing free throw, but still putting her team up 4-3.

Kyger followed with a steal and lay-up for Attica but Tayler Louthen countered with the same for the Mustangs. Smith made another lay-up and Fountain Central lead 8-5.

Thirty seconds later — at the 1:02 mark of the first quarter — Attica picked up their seventh team foul and Rambler coach Mark Harmeson was already looking at his bench.

That is where the game turned from basketball in to something else.

The players on both teams began to realize that whenever there was contact, the call almost always would go on the defender — whether it was a hand check, a bump of hips or a blocked shot attempt.

So the game changed as the players simply moved the ball until someone caught it within a dozen feet of the basket and that person would drive to hole without fear.

Defenders and attackers would go sprawling on the floor, but there would be a whistle that sent the attacker to the line.

When the game was over, there had been 49 fouls called (excluding a team technical for a scorebook mistake) including a double technical and a flagrant foul.

The game came down to free-throw shooting with neither side doing well. Unofficially, Attica hit 12-of-24 while Fountain Central was only 14-of-36.

Attica won the game 47-34 as they had 13 two-pointers compared to 10 for the Mustangs.

Three-point shooting was 3-0 in favor of the visitors including back-to-back treys by Kirkpatrick midway through the third quarter that turned a four-point Rambler lead into double digits —  plays that the Rambler coach called “huge in this game.”

Harmeson said the foul trouble his team got into was the worst he had seen in 15 years of coaching.

In a two-minute span he had three players each pick up their fourth foul, then in the next two, he had another pick up her fourth and two others pick up their third — and there were still over six and a half minutes left in the game.

Harmeson said, “We found out we have a bench. We had a lot of contributors out there tonight.”

He also had favorable comments about the ball handling of his team, calling it much better at the end of the contest – when they went into their delay game – than the last time they tried to execute it.

He summed up the night, by saying, “Well, we got a win. We’re 2-0 in the conference and that’s big for us.”

Greg Flint is a freelance photographer/writer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at


Text Only
  • SPT - CN0729 - Dustbowl photo 2 Repeat performance Championship Sunday was in full swing at the 42nd Annual Dustbowl at David S. Palmer Arena. In the men’s division it was defending champions Leek & Sons against the Hickory Beavers. Leek & Sons made it back to back championships with a 29-point victo

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0729 - Brickyard photo Gordon kisses 'The Bricks' for 5th time INDIANAPOLIS — The common gift for a 20th anniversary is either china or platinum.But for Jeff Gordon on Sunday, he was more interested in the PPG Trophy made of gold, sterling silver and alloy aluminum and the native of Pittsboro, Ind., wasn’t going

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Old friends meet again in city tourney DANVILLE — Gene Gourley and Bryan Stine have a lot of history on the tennis court. The two of them, who have been playing each other at the Danville Tennis Center for over 20 years, renewed their rivalry again on Sunday during the Greater Danville Ar

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT - CN0729 - Junior Dustbowl photo Free throws decide junior Dustbowl title DANVILLE — In the boys’s Division it was DV Stars vs. Squad for the Championship with the Squad coming back from an early 16-point deficit to beat DV Stars 59-55 in overtime. Squads Parker Lee made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left in regul

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Keys leads College Girls to Dustbowl title The girls division championship between County Girls and College Girls was a close battle between two fine teams. The College Girls never trailed in the second half and squeaked out a victory over the County Girls 32-29.After a timeout was called by

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT - CN0729 - Big Ten Media mug Big Ten unveils new look CHICAGO — Welcome to the new look Big Ten.The Big Ten Conference held its 43rd annual Football Media Days on Monday at the Hilton Chicago and in the first day of the two day event, a lot of different topics were discussed, and a few more concepts fo

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danville splits series with Quincy QUINCY — Former Danville High standout Chase Thurston had a season-best performance for the Danville Dans on Sunday.Thurston tossed six shutout innings to pick up his second win in a row as the Dans defeated the Quincy Gems 3-1 in a Prospect League W

    July 29, 2014

  • Local Sports Calendar TODAYProspect League BaseballHannibal Cavemen at Danville Dans, 6:30 p.m.WEDNESDAYProspect League BaseballHannibal Cavemen at Danville Dans, 6:30 p.m.THURSDAYProspect League BaseballWest Virginia Miners at Danville Dans, 6:30 p.m.TODAYMajor League Ba

    July 29, 2014

  • Prospect League Glance COLLEGIATE BASEBALLProspect League GlanceOverall StandingsEast Division W L GBx-Chillicothe Paints 35 17 —Butler Blue Sox 34 19 1.5West Virginia Miners 34 19 1.5Richmond RiverRats 19 32 15.5Lorain County Ironmen 19 34 16.5Champion City Kings 19 34 16

    July 29, 2014

  • NASCAR Brickyard 400 Auto Racing [Duplicate] Harvick sets the pace at Indy INDIANAPOLIS — Growing up in Bakersfield, Calif., IndyCar driver Rick Mears was the childhood hero for Kevin Harvick.Mears is one of three men to have won four Indianapolis 500s and he has won a career-best six poles for the “Greatest Spectacle in Ra

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014

Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here:

Must Read
AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now!