Northern Illinois recruit notches 18 of 27 points in first quarter

TRAFALGAR — The Eastern Hancock girls basketball team faced one of the best players it has seen the last two seasons. Accordingly, the Royals suffered one of their worst losses in that time span.

Indian Creek’s Ally Lehman scored 18 of her game-high 27 points in the first quarter Saturday to start the Braves on the way to an easy 74-45 win. Lehman, bound for Division I Northern Illinois next fall, made 7-of-10 shots from the field in the opening quarter; her 3-pointer to end the quarter gave Indian Creek (5-2, 1-0 Mid-Hoosier Conference) a 20-10 advantage, and the Braves went unchallenged the rest of the way.

The Royals (2-2, 0-1 MHC) made their conference debut — they were independent the last two seasons — and they hadn’t faced Indian Creek since 2009, but they were aware of Lehman prior to the contest.

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