Jefferson senior Macy Wallace (15) attempts to drive the baseline but Kalida’s Lauren Langhals puts up strong resistance Saturday afternoon at Kalida. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
Jefferson senior Macy Wallace (15) attempts to drive the baseline but Kalida’s Lauren Langhals puts up strong resistance Saturday afternoon at Kalida. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

KALIDA — Thanks to Kalida’s early pressure defense and supremacy on the glass, Jefferson’s girls basketball team never really got into Saturday afternoon’s non-league tussle on the Richard L. Kortokrax Court inside Kalida High School.

The result was a 53-25 LadyCat drubbing of the red-and-white Wildcats.

Kalida (6-4) used its full-court trapping defense and half-court man to get off to a good start and force 26 miscues, 11 in the first quarter alone, and hold the visitors to 8-of-37 shooting (21.6%).

As well, they dominated the glass 41-24 (15-4 offensive) as Lauren Langhals led the way with 10.

“We never got into a rhythm offensively because of the early turnovers. A lot of them, I felt, were unforced as well,” Jefferson head coach Dave Hoffman said. “We played decently on defense — it kept us in the game — but you can’t beat anyone with only 10 points at halftime. We forced some turnovers from them but we just never got into a flow after our slow start. For some reason, whatever it was, we were flat coming out.”

Kalida head man Adam Huber felt it was key for the defense to force tempo.

“We don’t score consistently in the half-court sets; that is why we like to get out and run and get the game more up-tempo,” Huber added. “We build our game plan from the defense and hope we can create offense off the defense. It helped today that we forced the early turnovers and then got extra shots on the offensive boards; when they are in zone, it’s already spread out to cover the shooters and it’s already more difficult to check out.”

The Jeffcats (8-3) — coming off a triple-overtime win Thursday over Shawnee — turned the ball over on their first five possessions but only trailed by two thanks to Kalida turning it over three times (7 in the period). Two foul shots by Sarah Klausing at 6:01 gave Kalida the lead for good and they slowly built their lead. The only Jefferson points were a hop-and-harm by Sarah Miller at 3:47 and when McKayla Maag put back an offensive board at 1:10, the hosts led 10-3.

Jefferson took better care of the ball in the second stanza — seven miscues — but couldn’t heat up in shooting 2-of-10. On the other end, Kalida was steady, canning six of of 14 shots in starting to pull away from their foe. When Maag hit a runner before the horn, the maroon-and-white led 27-10.

It got slightly better for the Jeffcats in period 3 as they doubled their score by taking better care of the ball (5 turnovers). However, what prevented them from possibly making a run was Kalida grabbing seven offensive boards, despite their own seven errors. When Devyn Carder drilled a triple atop the key at :46, the visitors got within 33-20.

Jefferson needed to heat up in a hurry in the fourth canto to have a chance at a win; didn’t happen. They missed their first five shots and Kalida took advantage to erect a 42-20 lead on a 3-point play by Klausing at 5:50. A Carder bomb at 5:25 broke the Wildcat drought and Michelle Rode added two foul shots shortly after but their offense went dead after that, missing its final six shots, one free throw and turning it over four times as the benches eventually emptied.

In the reserve contest, Kalida received 15 points from Carlie Rampe to pace a 44-20 triumph.

Kalida visits Ottoville 6 p.m. Thursday.

Jefferson hosts Lima Central Catholic at high noon Saturday.

VARSITY

JEFFERSON (25)

Kaylee Buzard 1-2 1-3 3, Addy Stewart 1-4 0-0 2, Devyn Carder 3-6 0-0 8, Macy Wallace 1-6 1-2 3, Ayron McClurg 0-0 0-0 0, Alli McClurg 1-4 2-2 4, Sarah Miller 1-6 1-3 3, Delaney Deuel 0-5 0-1 0, Michelle Rode 0-3 2-4 2, Karly Mawhorr 0-0 0-0 0, Sydnie McGue 0-0 0-0 0, Audrey North 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-37 7-15 25.

KALIDA (53)

McKayla Maag 5-10 2-2 14, Taylor Lucke 4-11 2-3 12, Sarah Klausing 4-7 4-5 12, Lauren Langhals 1-5 4-6 6, Grace Klausing 1-3 0-0 3, Kara Siefker 1-7 0-0 3, Abby Wurth 1-1 1-2 3, Halie Kaufman 0-3 0-1 0, Kiersten Siebeneck 0-0 0-1 0, Katherine Siebeneck 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-49 13-20 53.

Score by Quarters:

Jefferson 3 7 10 5 - 25

Kalida 10 17 6 20 - 53

Total Field Goal Percentage: Jefferson 21.6, Kalida 34.7. Free Throw Percentage: Jefferson 46.7, Kalida 65. Three-point Field Goals/Percentage: Jefferson 2-10/20 (Carder 2), Kalida 6-21/28.5 (Maag 2, Lucke 2, G. Klausing, Siefker). Rebounds: Jefferson 24/4 offensive (Buzard/Wallace 3), Kalida 41/15 off. (Langhals 10). Assists: Jefferson 3 (Buzard 2), Kalida 8 (Langhals/Kaufman 2). Steals: Jefferson 8 (Wallace 4), Kalida 15 (Maag/Siefker 3). Blocks: Jefferson 0, Kalida 0. Fouls: Jefferson 19, Kalida 14. Turnovers: Jefferson 26, Kalida 24.

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JUNIOR VARSITY

JEFFERSON (20)

Danielle Hohlbein 0-0-0, Emma Mueller 3-1-9, Audrey North 0-0-0, Sydnie McGue 1-0-2, Mallory Bridges 2-0-4, Anna Fitch 0-0-0, Brooke Brinkman 2-0-4, Karly Mawhorr 0-0-0, Sophie Pimpas 0-0-0, Sierra Marlow 0-0-0, Ayron McClurg 0-0-0. Totals 6-2-2/4-20.

KALIDA (44)

Katherine Siebeneck 2-1-5, Grace Klausing 3-1-7, Carlie Rampe 6-0-15, Brenna Smith 1-0-2, Melanie Meyers 3-0-7, Grace Miller 0-0-0, Abby Wurth 2-4-8. Totals 13-4-6/14-44.

Score by Quarters:

Jefferson 4 3 3 10 - 20

Kalida 9 7 15 13 - 44

Three-point goals: Jefferson, Mueller 2; Kalida, Rampe 3, Meyers.