|Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:44 PM|
They outscored the Lady Thunderbirds 20-11 to seize a 42-39 non-league triumph.
Senior Macy Schroeder led all scorers with 19 for the Lady Musketeers (3-0), adding five steals and three assists. Cassie Lindeman added 10 for the Orange and Black, who canned 17-of-59 from the floor (3-of-17 downtown) for 28.8 percent; 5-of-7 singles (71.4%); and 12 turnovers. They visit Bluffton 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Lady Thunderbirds (1-1) received 10 markers from Sydney Santaguida, who added three thefts. Sydney Mohler added eight boards. They connected on 17-of-49 shots (34.7%), including 0-of-12 long range, and also 5-of-7 from the line (71.4%). They had 21 boards but 17 turnovers.
After the third quarter started with a Hicksville free throw to put the home team on top 19-17, the visitors went on a 22-4 blitz — triggered by the Lancer defense (12 Ace turnovers in the period) — to turn the game around at 39-23 with 2:02 on the clock: a Katie Dye free throw, 17-foot corner swisher by Claire Dye, Kaylee Thatcher freebie, slicing layup by Katie Dye, Thatcher layup (assist Katie Dye), nothing-but-net trey from the right wing by Julia Thatcher, Kaylee Thatcher layup (assist by Hannah McCleery), Katie Dye layup, Kaylee Thatcher layup, another wing three by Julia Thatcher and two Julia Thatcher free throws.
It wasn’t over, however. The Aces’ sharp-shooting sophomore, Rachel Schroeder (16 second-half points), came alive to lead a run that closed the gap to 43-36 with 4:51 remaining in the game. At that point, though, Lincolnview took control for the final time, getting an elbow basket by Kaylee Thatcher, steal and layup by McCleery, two Claire Dye free throws, an old-style 3-point play from Katie Dye and a Kaitlyn Brant layup (assist Julia Thatcher). With the score 54-40 and only 1:56 remaining, there was no longer any doubt.
The first half (18-17, Hicksville) should probably best be forgotten but the stats were noteworthy for their ugliness. In the first 16 minutes, the Lancers shot 6-for-29 (21%) from the field and committed 16 turnovers. The only good stat for the visitors was a 21-12 edge on the boards. Hicksville was 7-of-21 (33%) from the field with 14 turnovers. The Aces’ 5-10 swing player, McKenzie Gonwick, the only senior on Hicksville’s roster, had nine points by then. However, she would not be a factor in the second half.
“We were being a little too unselfish, making too many passes,” said Lancer coach Dan Williamson. “The girls had shots in the paint, or they had driving lanes, and they wouldn’t take it. Obviously, our passing was not very good but they (the Aces) did a nice job of controlling the tempo. They wanted to slow it down and it was really effective in the first half.”
In contrast to the first half, Williamson had to love the third quarter numbers for his team - 8-for-15 field goal shooting and only four turnovers, while the defense was wreaking havoc on the Aces’ backcourt.
“In the third quarter, their press was huge for us,” explained Williamson. “I think we’ll do well when teams try to press us. We have the guards who can handle that and can make the right decision. We got some layups and that gave us some confidence. Until then, we weren’t making any shots.”
Despite the brick-shooting contest in the first half, both teams came up with some decent numbers. Hicksville ended at 40 percent (16-of-40) from the field, while Lincolnview shot at a 34 percent (20-of-58) clip. The Lancers were hot from the stripe - 75 percent (15-of-20); the Aces were not - 53 percent (10-of-19). Hicksville boarded better in the second 16 minutes, ending up with only a 27-29 rebounding deficit, but the Aces committed 32 miscues to the Lancers’ 22.
Lincolnview got balanced scoring from four starters - Julia Thatcher (14), Katie Dye (14), Kaylee Thatcher (13) and Claire Dye (11).
Rachel Schumacher led the Bulldogs with 13 points and eight rebounds and Sammi Stechschulte had 10 points and nine rebounds. Sydney McCluer had nine points and three assists.
The home team scored first a minute into the contest and led 6-3 before Bluffton ran off nine straight points and never trailed again. Hutton, who blistered the nets with 9-of-10 shooting from the field, keyed the run with a triple that put the Beavers up 8-6 at the 16:40 mark. She got to the rack for consecutive buckets midway through the first period, making the score 18-13.
With starting point guard Taylor Knight (Perrysburg) stuck on the sideline thanks to a pair of early fouls, fellow freshman Carolin Baker (Bethel-Tate) did not miss a beat as her layin at the 6:24 mark made the score 22-15. The Yeowomen were still within four (27-23) late in the first stanza before three straight Bluffton hoops in the paint gave the Beavers a comfortable 33-23 advantage at the break.
Sophomore Mikayla Coburn (McGuffey/Upper Scioto Valley) and Brooke Ruffer (Stryker) converted early in period two, while Hutton dropped in six quick counters as Bluffton opened a 45-30 lead with 14:51 to play. Oberlin trimmed the deficit to just five points (54-49) at the 7:04 mark but triples by Knight and freshman Taylor Whitaker (Mansfield/Lexington) and consecutive chip shots from Hutton helped Bluffton quash any thoughts of a Yeowomen victory.
Whitaker capped the 18-2 jag with a free throw as Bluffton opened a 72-51 lead with a little over a minute to play. A pair of Knight makes at the stripe made the final score 74-53.
Hutton missed just one of her 10 shots from the field and she added two freebies for 21 total points. She also ripped down a game-high seven boards. Ruffer came up big, going 6-for-9 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds. Also in double figures was Knight who tallied 11 markers, including a pair of threes. Whitaker had a solid all-around performance with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Rachel DeBord (Lebanon) handed out a career-high six dimes in the victory.
Bluffton controlled the paint with a 30-18 advantage from in close and the Beavers also showed their depth as the Bluffton bench outscored Oberlin 24-8. The visitors hit 29-of-54 (53.7 percent) from the field, compared to 18-of-48 (37.5 percent) for the Yeowomen. The Beavers won the war on the glass (34-23) and they handed out six more assists (17-11) in the victory.
The Beavers will look to continue their torrid start when they travel to Franklin College for the Heartland Conference opener on Saturday. The contest is the first of a women’s and men’s doubleheader in the Spurlock Center. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.