|Kalida pulls away from Jefferson in girls hoops|
|Monday, December 10, 2012 3:40 PM|
Kalida sophomore Jackie Gardner can’t quite catch up as Jefferson junior Hannah Sensibaugh gets fouled on a transition try Saturday afternoon at Jefferson High School. Kalida grabbed a 16-point triumph. (Delphos Herald/Tom Morris)
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Once the Kalida girls basketball team took the lead late in the first period of its road contest at Jefferson High School Saturday afternoon, the LadyCats used strong rebounding and foul trouble by the Jeffcats to roll up a 53-37 non-conference triumph.
“We really struggled to rebound the ball today. We gave up way too many second chances and didn’t box out well,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman noted. “Kalida was pretty aggressive and attacked us offensively, that put a lot of pressure on us defensively. They also played good defense against us.”
Kalida coach Adam Huber figured offensive rebounding is a must for his team.
“We need more shots because we aren’t a good shooting team anyway; we need the extra tries,” he explained. “We have made it a point to attack pressure; we know Jefferson likes to pressure and trap a lot, so for us, we had to attack them and get ball reversals and get to the basket.”
Foul trouble reared its ugly head early for the Jeffcats (3-2) as junior Makayla Binkley picked up her second foul at the 22.8-second mark and her third at 6.1 seconds. Before that, Jefferson held its largest lead of 4-0 on a basket by junior Katie Goergens (4 thefts) and two tosses by classmate Hannah Sensibaugh (8 counters). Kalida rallied with seven straight, taking the lead for good at 5-4 on two free throws by sophomore Jackie Gardner (8 points, 4 boards) at 5:47. Kalida then started to take advantage of fouls by the hosts, with Sensibaugh picking up her second foul at 4:26, and nailing 7-of-9 at the line in the period (14-of-21 for the game for 66.7%). They took a 14-10 edge as senior Summer Holtkamp (3 steals) hit a 5-footer at 16 seconds.
Jefferson also committed eight of its 24 miscues in the canto to five for the LadyCats (22 for the afternoon).
Though the fouls weren’t as frequent in the second period for the hosts (4), the guests still hit 4-of-8 from charity. The hosts struggled to find the range consistently and six offensive rebounds by Kalida — who dominated the glass 40-20, 18-3 offensive — helped them gain a 26-16 edge on 1-of-2 singles by Holtkamp at 55.4 ticks. Junior Gabby Pimpas (team-high 10 points) hit a jumper from the left elbow at 34 seconds and a long deuce from the right wing with 12 seconds on the clock to get the Red and White within 26-20 at the half.
Binkley picked up her fourth foul at 1:55.
The third period was the doom for the Lady Jeffcats. The LadyCats forced eight errors and continued its dominance on the glass (11-6), netting 8-of-17 shots (18-of-51 fielders, 3-of-13 3-pointers, for 35.3%) to only 1-of-6 for the hosts (10-of-30 overall, 0-of-2 downtown, for 33.3%). A 4:41 drought to close the third by Delphos allowed Kalida to run off the last 14 markers of the canto, capped by a 3-ball by freshman Kylie Osterhage (game-high 12 markers, 10 boards) from left of the key with 44 ticks on the board, for a 46-24 edge.
Junior Rileigh Stockwell picked up third foul (6:09) and fourth (2:40) fouls and Pimpas her third (5:23) and fourth (5:07) in the stanza,
Kalida held the largest lead of 48-24 at 5:30 of the fourth and both coaches emptied their benches as far as they could as Jefferson closed with a 9-2 spurt.
“We aren’t consistent right now, especially offensively. They turned us over, especially the second half,” Hoffman added. “For some reason, we didn’t handle their pressure well; we didn’t take our time against their attacking defense. Right now, we aren’t consistent with our concentration level and that is as important as anything to play for 32 minutes.”
Amy Smith added a double-double for Kalida (11 boards and 10 points, adding five steals); they added 17 fouls and visits Fort Jennings at noon Dec. 15.
“The only thing we really talked about at the half was not taking as many 3s. We shot seven the first half and made one,” Huber added. “They weren’t bad shots but we made to attack the basket. We don’t have the girl that will average 20 a game but we have several that can score 20 in a given night; if anything, we’re a bit too unselfish at times.”
Jefferson totaled 18 fouls and hosts Crestview Thursday.
In junior varsity play, Kalida (4-1) was paced by freshman Allison Recker’s 14 and classmate Brittany Kahle’s 11.
Junior Lindsay Deuel topped the Lady Jeffcats (2-3) with nine.