|Thursday, December 06, 2012 4:26 PM|
Grove bests Hornets
The Beavers were led by Dustin Kinn (Alvada/New Riegel) who scored 18 points to go along with eight rebounds. Freshman phenom Thayne Recker (Arlington) also chipped in with his first career double-double performance of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) added 12 points while junior Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee) contributed 11 points in the victory.
The Hornets went on a 6-0 run, making the score 24-20 before Bluffton responded with a 6-0 spurt to take a 26-24 lead. After six straight Kalamazoo counters, Bluffton followed with 10 unanswered points, capped by a Pope jumper and a free throw from Recker which gave the Beavers a 36-30 lead at the 2:39 mark. The Beavers’ lead would get as high as seven before Eric Fishman drilled a 3-pointer to cut the Bluffton advantage to 39-35 at halftime.
The Beavers were able to maintain a solid cushion until Kalamazoo used a 4-0 spurt to cut the Bluffton lead to four at 50-46 with 14:22 to go. However, Bluffton was able to push the lead back to 10 with an 8-2 run. The Hornets cut the deficit down to five with 4:54 to go but the Beavers kept control of the game with a pair of makes at the line by Kinn. Kalamazoo made one last try when the visitors trimmed the lead to 71-65 but Kinn finished it with an uncontested layup to wrap up the win.
Kinn led the Beavers with 8-of-12 shooting from the field and two free throws for a team-high 18 points. He added eight rebounds to cap off his solid game. Recker was a force in the paint, going 7-of-9 from the field with a foul shot for 15 points. He also had a game-high 13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Fisher had a solid all-around game with 12 points and a career-high seven dimes.
The Beavers forged a decisive 49-31 advantage in rebounding the basketball, including 20 offensive boards for the home team. The Beavers also had a big advantage in the paint, outscoring the visitors 48-30 down low. Bluffton shot 28-of-62 (45.2%) from the field but only 3-for-13 (23.1%) from distance. The home team converted 14-of-21 (66.7%) from the charity stripe. In contrast, the visitors hit just 37.3 percent from the floor, although they did shoot marginally better from beyond the arc (31.6%) and from the foul line (68.2%).
Ten of those 12 lead changes came in a wild first half. Mount took the first lead in the game but freshman Brooke Ruffer (Stryker) turned the tables with two successful free throw attempts and a layup. A three from Brooke Mosler gave Mount its second lead of the game but Lauren Hutton (New Reigel) erased it on the next Beaver possession when sophomore Rachel DeBord (Lebanon) found her in the paint for two.
No team held a lead larger than three points until Melanie Monahan hit back-to-back layups and Megan Metzel made a free throw which put the hosts up by five at halftime.
Bluffton trimmed the deficit to three right out of the gate when Ruffer found Hutton in the paint for a deuce. After a 2 1/2-minute scoring drought for both teams, Beaver freshman Taylor Whitaker (Mansfield/Lexington) hit a jumper to make it a 1-point game. A minute later, a Kylee Burkholder (West Unity/Hilltop) free throw tied the score, 31-31, for the seventh time of the night.
A Monahan jumper sparked a 10-3 Mount run over a 6-minute span as the Lions opened a 41-34 lead with 10:46 remaining in the game. The Beavers fought back and finally tied it up when Taylor Knight (Perrysburg) got to the rack with 1:45 to play.
After falling behind by one, Ruffer put Bluffton back on top, 47-46, with 56 seconds left. With just 16 ticks remaining, Madie Long knocked down a jumper to give the Lions a 48-47 lead. Hutton’s last second attempt was blocked, sealing Bluffton’s (4-2, 0-2 HCAC) second loss of the season.
Ruffer led the Beavers with 10 points and 11 rebounds, notching the first double-double of her career. Burkholder finished with eight points and four rebounds. Whitaker tallied seven points and five rebounds on the night, while Kaitlyn Pennekamp.
The Beavers made just 17-of-52 (32.1%) shots from the field, including 3-of-12 (25%) outside the arc. They also hit 10-of-16 (62.5%) from the charity stripe. Bluffton finished with a slim advantage on the glass, pulling down 37 boards to 36 for the Mount.
The Jackets managed to withstand the early surge and trimmed the 16-point deficit to seven at the intermission, before a pair of triples from Wolfrum drew the Purple and Gold to within a single possession at 34-31.
Anderson pushed back by scoring next six points but back-to-back buckets from Ryan Hicks and five more points from Wolfrum sliced the Raven lead to 42-40. The Jackets then drew even at 45-45 with 10:52 to play on a deuce and a trey from Drew Frizell.
DC finally grabbed the lead at the 9:01 mark on a 3-point play from Hicks, but the 50-49 Yellow Jacket edge would evaporate quickly thanks to an ensuing 17-4 spurt from Anderson over the next 3:21 of action.
The AU lead would remain in double figures until as late as the 00:37 mark of the contest, when Wolfrum fueled one final rally from the Jackets.
This time, Wolfrum poured in eight straight for DC to cut the margin to four with 14 seconds left, before another 3-point play by Hicks brought Defiance within three with three ticks on the clock.
Time expired on the desperate final charge from Defiance, however, as AU sank a free throw to finish off the 85-81 contest.
Wolfrum ended the night leading all players with 32 points and 12 rebounds, while adding six assists. The 30-point double-double was the second in the past five games for the Defiance native and the 12-board effort marked a new career-high for the senior guard.
Wolfrum continued his climb up the DC record books, jumping two more spots on the all-time scoring charts into 14th with 1,435 and moving into third in program history with 319 career assists.
Hicks provided plenty of support for Wolfrum, narrowly missing a double-double of his own with 16 points, eight rebounds and two steals, while Frizell set another personal-best by netting 19 points.
Travis Schomaeker chipped in 11 points and one steal to go with career-high outputs of six boards and five assists.
Defiance (2-4, 0-2 HCAC) will not get a break from the schedule as a red-hot Hanover (5-1, 2-0 HCAC) squad will invade the Karl H. Weaner Community Center for a 3 p.m. tip Saturday.
DC’s contest with Hanover will follow the women’s game at 1 p.m. and fans are encouraged to wear ugly Christmas sweaters to the gym.