|Friday, December 07, 2012 2:10 PM|
LadyCats bury Archers
A 9-0 run late in the first quarter gave the Cougars a lead they would not relinquish until the Titans used a mini spurt to finally overcome the Lady Cougars. O-G had been within a point three times earlier in the contest and despite a 2-point lead early in the final quarter were never able to pull away from Van Wert.
Van Wert took a 34-33 lead to the final eight minutes but saw the Titans tie the game at 34-34 on a free throw by Elissa Ellerbrock before Dani Ellerbrock gave O-G’s its first lead since 8-5 with a basket. The Cougars didn’t wilt as they went on a 4-0 run to take a 37-35 lead on a free throw each by Kaitlyn Hall and Alexa Dunlap and two by Claire Butler.
Elissa Ellerbrock powered inside for a basket to tie the game at 37-37 before two free throws by Erin Morrow gave the Cougars a 39-37 cushion. A free throw by Jill Rosselit pulled O-G within 39-38 before Molly Closson hit a 10 foot jumper after a Van Wert miss giving O-G a 40-39 lead. Van Wert then missed two shot and after the teams exchanged turnovers, a jumper by Kirsten Miller had the Titans up 42-39 with 2:12 left to play.
Van Wert came within a point three times in the remaining time, the final time being at 46-45 on a baseline jumper by Alexis Dowdy with 30.7 seconds left. Forced to foul, the Cougars sent O-G’s Stephanie Hempfling to the line with 11 seconds left. While O-G struggled at the line all night (15-of-34), Hempfling sank both free throws in pushing the Titan lead to three points. Van Wert had an opportunity to tie the game but were called for traveling before they could get off a shot. The Cougars put O-G’s Elissa Ellerbrock on the line with 1.8 seconds left; although she missed both attempts, she came up with a loose ball and dribbled out the clock.
“I think we played a good solid 26-27 minutes. We just had a little lapse here and there and Ottawa-Glandorf took advantage of it,” Moonshower said. “They hit some big shots at the end. Our effort was there except for a couple of minutes. I am not displeased with the effort.”
“Fortuntely, we held our composure at the end,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “It wasn’t pretty. I think we were 12-of-41 from inside the paint. We fought and fought and our defense kept us in the game. When we got the lead, the girls did a good job of maintaining their composure and playing offense and defense when it mattered.”
Defense was key for the Titans in the second half after the Cougars were getting too many good looks at the basket the first half in building a 6-point halftime lead (25-19). The second half saw O-G extend their defensive pressure, forcing Van Wert to start its offensive sets near midcourt when they were unable to break the Titan press by going over top of it.
“We came out in a 2-2-1 press to give them a different look,” Yant said. “Fortunately, we were able to get a couple of quick turnovers off that because I didn’t want to sit back in a zone and let them get the ball inside, where they had an advantage on us in height. We just tried to pressure them and we put Dani Ellerbrock, a freshman, on the point and she did a great job making them start their offense out higher than they wanted.”
With O-G stepping up on defense, they cut five points off the Van Wert lead in the third quarter. The Titans started the quarter with an 8-3 scoring run that had them within 28-27 on a Dani Ellerbrock basket. Van Wert responded with two free throws by Dowdy and one by Jenna Weigle to go up 31-27. O-G’s Danielle Schroeder hit a free throw making it 31-28 before Cheyenne Handy scored for Van Wert. Four points by Dani Ellerbrock to end the quarter made it a one point game.
“The second half we were a little hesitant attacking their pressure. The first half I thought we did a good job of attacking it,” Moonshower said. “We weren’t going super fast but we were seeing what they were giving us. The second half we kind of went sideways and they took advantage of that. They smell blood in the water and they go after the ball. We just never seemed to get over the hump to put it out of reach.”
Butler had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars. Emilie Moonshower, Morrow and Dowdy all added seven points.
The timeout proved to be the turning point as Crestview closed the half on an 8-0 run and followed by holding Ada scoreless the first five minutes of the third quarter en route to a 46-35 victory over the Bulldogs in Northwest Conference action.
“It wasn’t pretty tonight, that’s for sure,” commented the Knight mentor. “We knew they were going to be aggressive and they like to drive and we didn’t do a good job of playing solid defense at times. Once we put our hands up and quit reaching or trying to block shots, we were able to get some stops on the defensive end.”
An Emily Bauer basket made it 19-15 before Terra Crowle picked up two straight buckets for a 23-15 advantage. Crowle then closed out the first-half scoring with another basket as the Knights grabbed a 25-15 lead at the intermission.
“Terra came in and had a good offensive second quarter for us,” Rickard added. “She hit some big shots for us and helped us to widen the lead a little bit.”
Crestview also took advantage of its size as the Knights controlled the boards 35-22 in the contest, including 17-7 in the first half.
The lady Knights pushed the margin to 28-15 early in the third quarter, as Emily Bauer connected on one of two free throws before adding a basket as well.
Taylor Willeke finally broke the Bulldog scoring drought, connecting on a trey at the 2:42 mark of the third quarter to get Ada within 28-18. Crestview went on to post a 30-20 advantage entering the final stanza.
Crestview opened the fourth quarter with a basket by Kirstin Hicks before Lindsey Motycka added a pair of charity tosses to push the margin to 34-20 before Ada would make one final run.
A pair of free throws from Tori Wyss along with baskets by Willeke and Lindsay Walden quickly pulled Ada within 36-31 but that would be as close as the Bulldogs would get.
Motycka answered for the Knights with a bucket off of a Kennis Mercer assist to put Crestview on top 38-31 before a Hicks foul shot made it 39-31.
Willeke converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to get the Bulldogs back within 41-34 with 1:35 remaining but the Knights sealed the win from there. Bauer hit a pair of free throws before Hicks chipped in one of two charity tosses. Mercer then concluded the scoring, posting two foul shots.
“It’s a good win for us to get on the road and to open up league play,” concluded Rickard. “We’ve had some tough road games this year and the girls have done a good job of battling and finding ways.”
Crowle led a balanced Crestview attack with 13 points, while Bauer chipped in nine. Mackenzie Riggenbach and Motycka added eight markers each and Hicks recorded six. Bauer paced the Knights on the boards with a dozen while Riggenbach picked up six and Motycka grabbed five.
Crestview finished the night 16-of-34 from the field (47%) and the Knights committed 18 turnovers. Ada was a chilly 11-of-47 (23%) and the Bulldogs had 10 turnovers.
Willeke scored 15 points for Ada with Wyss adding eight markers. Alexis Amburgey and Walden posted six points each. Wyss and Willeke grabbed seven and five boards, respectively.
Crestview won the junior varsity game as the Knights posted a 35-30 victory.
Scoring for the Wildcats were: Alex Rode (19), Cioran Shanahan (7), Troy Dudgeon (7), Tyler Bratton (6), Brenen Auer (6) and Devion Tyson (6).
The eighth-graders also defeated Ridgemont 57-40, moving to 2-0.