— Despite injuries to a start and two members of their rotation,
Paulding’s girls basketball team still had a size advantage over host
St. John’s Tuesday night.
The Lady Blue Jays overcame that with defensive pressure out front to the Lady Panthers guards, particularly in the second half.
The result was a 42-30 Blue Jay triumph in non-league action at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.
Jays (5-6) struggled with Paulding’s 5-10 Briana Townley (16 points)
and 6-0 Faith Vogel, especially in the first half as Townley netted 11
of her points. The Jays used a mix of 3-2 zone and man-to-man, while the
Lady Panthers (3-9) used almost exclusively 3-2 zone to try and not
give them easy looks. The Jays shot 4-of-11 in the first to the
Panthers’ 4-of-7 (7 points by Townley). They took the lead right away on
a basket at the 7-minute mark by Madilynn Schulte (11 points) and got
out to a 10-2 edge on a putback by Jessica Geise (10 points) at 4:24,
forcing Rhodes to call timeout. Townley scored seven straight points to
get her team within 10-9 in her inside basket at the minute-and-a-half
With Townley scoring four points and Vogel a basket,
Paulding took its only lead of 15-14 at 4:32 on Vogel’s putback.
However, the Jays retook it for good at 4:14 on a pair of foul shots by
Geise and they built the lead to 21-15 on a Schulte basket before Vogel
netted the final deuce with 88 seconds to go.
The Jays went back
to straight man-to-man half-court in the third period — at times
extending it full-court — and bothered Paulding to the tune of 10
turnovers. They limited Paulding to a mere five shots (making 3) while
netting 6-of-14 — led by five from Betty Vorst (10 points). When Geise
hit a long 2-pointer from the left wing at 33 seconds, the Jays led
St. John’s continued its defensive pressure and forced six
more turnovers (26 total) to again percent Paulding from getting many
looks at the basket (2-of-5). Though they themselves only hit 3-of-12,
seven offensive boards also prevented the guests from going the other
“We didn’t want (Townley and Vogel) to be able to come down,
sit up and get the ball in the paint. When we let them do that, they
were effective,” St. John’s head coach Dan. J. Grothouse explained.
“That’s why we even tried to use some zone to throw them off. We decided
to come out the second half and up the defensive pressure to try and
make them uncomfortable. That did the trick; it took them out of their
offense and allowed us to get some easier baskets. They played a nice
3-2 zone and we missed some open looks. We have to keep working to get
better and figure eventually those shots will start falling; that will
be a good thing.”
In junior varsity action, Paulding’s Elizabeth
Mobley capped off a 12-point game with a pair of foul shots with 13
seconds left in overtime for a 15-14 victory.
us, especially the second half. Credit Delphos; they came out and put
that pressure on our guards and our youth showed,” Paulding head man
Mark Rhodes said. “We’re moving people in and out without Audrey (Manz),
who would start, and two others that have started (Cassidy Posey and
Both teams return to league action Thursday: St. John’s at New Knoxville (MAC) and Paulding entertaining Allen East (NWC).
McCullough 1-5 0-0 2, Faith Vogel 3-4 0-0 6, Allison Arend 1-2 0-0 2,
Kaylen Hale 0-1 0-0 0, Asia Arellano 0-1 0-0 0, Skyler McCullough 1-1
0-0 3, Briana Townley 7-10 2-2 16, Ashlynn Rice 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 13-26
ST. JOHN’S (42)
Hayleigh Bacome 2-7
2-3 6, Taylor Zuber 2-6 0-1 5, Madilynn Schulte 5-12 1-2 11, Betty
Vorst 4-15 1-2 10, Ellie Csukker 0-1 0-0 0, Jessica Geise 4-7 2-2 10,
Hannah Bockey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-49 6-10 42.
Score by Quarters:
Paulding 9 8 8 5 - 30
St. John’s 10 11 13 8 - 42
Field Goal Percentage: Paulding 50, St. John’s 34.7. Free Throw
Percentage: Paulding 75, St. John’s 60. Three-point Field
Goals/Percentage: Paulding 1-3/33.3% (Sk. McCullough), St. John’s
2-19/10.5% (Zuber, Vorst). Rebounds: Paulding 22/3 offensive
(Vogel/Townley 6), St. John’s 25/14 offensive (Vorst 7). Assists:
Paulding 8 (Sy. McCullough 4), St. John’s 9 (Zuber/Schulte 3). Steals:
Paulding 5 (Vogel 2), St. John’s 19 (Bacome 5). Blocks: Paulding 2
(Vogel/Townley 1), St. John’s 1 (Geise 1). Fouls: Paulding 11, St.
John’s 7. Turnovers: Paulding 26, St. John’s 12.
Mobley 2-8-12, Karissa Lucas 1-0-2, Molly Meeker 0-0-0, Ashlynn Rice
0-0-0, Allison Arend 0-0-0, Kaylen Hale 0-1-1, Allison Ankney 0-0-0,
Asia Arellano 0-0-0, Brooke Weidenhamer 0-0-0, Skyler McCullough 0-0-0,
Briana Townley 0-0-0. Totals 3-0-9/10-15.
ST. JOHN’S (14)
Faith Ezzelle 0-0-0, Abby Hensley 2-0-4, Hannah Will 1-0-2, Aubrie Friemoth 1-0-2, Abby Bonifas 1-4-6. Totals 5-0-4/6-14.
Score by Quarters:
Paulding 8 4 (3) - 15
St. John’s 4 8 (2) - 14
Three-point goals: Paulding, none; St. John’s, none.
for St. John’s boys basketball game on Friday at home vs. New Knoxville
and Saturday’s game at home vs. Shawnee will be sold in the high school
office until Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets at the door are $6.
Start time is 6 p.m. for both games.