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Friday, December 14, 2012 1:46 PM

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FORT RECOVERY — Fort Recovery took command of its girls Midwest Athletic Conference basketball clash versus St. John’s Thursday night at Fort Site Fieldhouse and took complete control with a dominant third period en route to a 62-35 triumph over the Lady Blue Jays.
“We didn’t answer the bell the second half. When Fort Recovery stepped it up physically, we didn’t match it,” St. John’s mentor Dan J. Grothouse noted.  “We  played  soft when  we  need  to  play physically; when you hit the road in the MAC, you had better be ready to do so or you get it handed to you, like we did tonight. They beat us down the floor a number of times and either we didn’t get back or we didn’t match up well and gave them easy shots.”

Fort Recovery head man Doug Bihn felt his team got back to their style.

“We were disappointed in Saturday’s game where we didn’t get the pace we wanted. We prefer to get up and down the floor,” Bihn explained. “We talked all week about pushing the tempo every chance we could and we just kept playing tonight. I felt we wore on them some as the game wore on.”

St.  John’s  (3-3,  1-1  MAC) and Fort Recovery (5-1, 2-0) battled even in the first period. The difference was the  Lady  Indians  shot  better: 5-of-14 in the period (24-of-43 for the game, 4-of-10 downtown, for 55.8%) versus 3-of-11 (12-of-42 fielders, 2-of-10 3s, for 28.6%). The Tribe held a 12-7 edge on a 3-ball from Tori Lennartz (15 points, 8 boards, 3 blocks) at the 25-second mark before senior Jessica Recker (5 dimes, 6 points) hit a pair of tosses with 10.1 ticks on the board to get within 12-9.

The Indians began to slowly take a semblance of control in the second canto, with Sierra Pugh (11 markers, 7 assists) scoring eight points in the stanza, even with Grothouse calling two timeouts. Recovery put together a 10-5 span in the final 1:56, including a free toss by Pugh with 5.4 ticks remaining, for a 31-22 edge.

“We didn’t play badly the first half. We had chances to either be closer, if not have the lead,” Grothouse added. “We missed a couple of wide open layups and we missed some free throws. They just took it to us the third period and we didn’t respond. That’s a fine Fort Recovery team and we didn’t match their level of play.”

The hosts really took over in the third with their tough man-to-man defense that did a good job of denying ball reversals. Lennartz and Kelsey Fiely (14 points) dropped in six each as the Tribe canned 8-of-12 shots. That was helped by forcing the Jays into 2-of-10 shooting and then getting into a transition game. When Fiely slashed to the basket with 40 ticks left, the hosts led 49-27.

The closest the Jays could get in the fourth was 21 three times and the hosts led by as much as 27, the final score, as the benches emptied for both coaches.

St. John’s finished at 9-of-16 from the free-throw line (56.3%); with 21 caroms (9 offensive) as Katie Vorst had eight to go with her team-high 11 points; 11 turnovers; and 11 fouls. Freshman Sydney Fischbach added seven counters. They visit Shawnee 6 p.m. (junior varsity start) Monday.

Fort Recovery ended up 10-of-12 at the line (83.3%); with 30 caroms (6 offensive); 11 errors; and 15 fouls. They host Jay County 6 p.m. Saturday.

“St. John’s is well-coached and very disciplined; you know they are going to make a run. Our goal was to answer theirs with one of our own and we did that; we also didn’t really let them get going,” Bihn added.

In JV action, the Indians’ Kelsey Evers hit two free throws with 5.5 ticks left and the Jays turned it over before they could get a shot off as the Indians emerged with a 25-24 win.

Kendra Siefring, Kristen Jutte and Haley Knapke had six each for the hosts.

Sophomore Halkey Benavidez and freshman Rachel Pohlman paced the Jays (3-3, 1-1) with seven each.

ST. JOHN’S (35)
Tara Vorst 0-1-1, Emilie Fischbach 1-0-3, Brooke Zuber 1-0-2, Rebekah Fischer 1-0-3, Katie Vorst 4-3-11, Erica Saine 1-0-2, Jessica Recker 1-4-6, Amanda Boberg 0-0-0, Sydney Fischbach 3-1-7. Totals 12-9/16-35.
Breanna Jutte 0-0-0, Caley Schoenherr 0-0-0, Kelsey Fiely 6-2-14, Sierra Pugh 4-2-11, Kara Jutte 1-0-2, Sam Tobe 1-0-2, Tori Lennartz 5-3-15, Cassidy Rammel 1-1-3, Chelsea Pottkotter 4-0-9, Jackie Fullenkamp 0-0-0, Melissa Lochtefeld 0-0-0, Lexi Schmitz 2-2-6. Totals 24-10/12-62.
Score By Quarters:
St. John’s         9     13     5    8 – 35
Ft. Recovery   12     19    18  13 – 62
Three-point goals: St. John’s, E. Fischbach, Fischer; Fort Recovery, Lennartz 2, Pugh, Pottkotter.

ST. JOHN’S (24)
Rachel Pohlman 3-1-7, Emilie Grothouse 2-0-6, Olivia Kahny 1-0-2, Maddie Pohlman 0-0-0, Ashlyn Troyer 0-0-0, Halie Benavidez 3-1-7, Sam Kramer 0-0-0, Samantha Wehri 0-2-2, Colleen Schulte 0-0-0. Totals 9-4/9-24.
Mikayla Post 0-0-0, Julie Wendel 1-0-2, Katie Stammen 0-0-0, Kendra Siefring 2-2-6, Kasey Vogel 0-1-1, Kirsten Jutte 2-2-6, Haley Knapke 2-2-6, Kelsey Evers 1-2-4. Totals 8-9/10-25.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s        2     8     5     9 - 24
Ft. Recovery    4     9     4     8 - 25
Three-point goals: St. John’s, Grothouse 2; Fort Recovery, none.


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