|Veteran Cards hold off Lady ‘Cats|
|Monday, December 17, 2012 3:32 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — An experienced New Bremen girls basketball team rode the 19-point effort of senior Haley Moeller, a dominating third period and some clutch foul shooting down the stretch to hold off the still-inexperienced Jefferson crew 47-43 in a non-league clash Saturday afternoon at Jefferson High School.
“That is a very tough basketball team. Their record doesn’t show it because they’ve played teams like Celina and Versailles,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman explained. “They are experienced and senior-dominated, so they played like it. They are physical and very difficult to defend because they go inside-out.”
Bremen coach Chris Burden credits that experience for his team’s win.
“We had a simple game plan each time out: rebound and play good defense. We strive to limit our opponents to one shot each time and generally we did that today,” he explained. “We do like to get out and run, so you have to rebound to do so. We also got a lot of second shots today, which is another goal of ours.”
Jefferson (3-4) led 26-23 entering the third period and the teams traded baskets to keep the margin at three. Moeller, who had 10 points at halftime, maintained her efforts, scoring eight in the period. A second-chance basket by senior Hannah Holdren (one of 7 for the Lady Cardinals to 0 for the Lady Wildcats) at 4:55 gave Bremen the lead for good. They used a 6-0 run to get the lead. A free toss by Jefferson junior Gabby Pimpas (8 points) at 3:16 broke the streak temporarily before the Cardinals (4-4) closed with a 7-0 span in the final 2:05, capped by a putback by Moeller with 30 ticks left, for a 38-29 edge.
Jefferson sophomore Brooke Culp (team-high 18 points, 6 boards) was held to two points in the period after dropping in 12 the first half.
The Wildcats had an early reply in the fourth canto: eight straight: 4 free throws by Pimpas, a reverse layin by junior Brooke Hesseling and two more tosses by junior Rileigh Stockwell at 4:52; to get within 38-37. However, they committed two miscues the next two times down court (21 for the game versus 13 for their foe) and couldn’t get any closer. They were forced to foul as New Bremen began to run their flex offense to perfection, taking time off the clock. In the final 3:27, they canned 7-of-10 singles (9-of-16 overall for 56.3% versus 21-of-27 for Delphos for 77.8%). Two tosses by Holdren (10 points, 6 boards, 3 assists) with 1.2 ticks on the board accounted for the final margin.
It was a tussle from start to finish. There were five lead changes in the first period alone. Once Moeller hit a transition basket at 2:50, the Cardinals led 7-6. They built that lead to 13-8 on her 10-foot baseliner at 47.6 seconds but a trifecta by Pimpas from right of the key to beat the horn made it 13-11.
Culp came alive in the second period, scoring 10 points. Stockwell’s basket at 5:45 gave Jefferson their largest lead of the game at 20-15 and Culp — fouled in the act of shooting a last-chance 28-footer at the horn — hit three free throws with no time on the clock for that 26-23 halftime spread.
In sum, New Bremen hit 18-of-49 shots (2-of-12 beyond the arc) for 36.7 percent; seized 32 boards (14 offensive) as Moeller added six; and 20 fouls. Moeller added five steals and Kyla Otting 10 counters. They visit Jackson Center Tuesday.
Jefferson totaled 10-of-32 shooting (2-of-5 3-balls) for 31.3 percent; 28 caroms (7 offensive) as Stockwell led with eight; and 16 fouls. Pimpas had three assists. Jefferson visits Ada 6 p.m. Thursday.
“I was proud of our efforts today against an experienced team. We played them tough, as well as we could,” Hoffman added. “The third period has been a problem for us all season; for some reason, we don’t come out with the needed intensity. We were up three against Crestview Thursday at the half and they outscored us 20-4; today it was 15-3. We had a couple of unforced turnovers that cost us. We also gave up way too many second shots but that is as much them being more physical than us. We made more progress today and we just need to keep working and making strides as we gain experience. We’re starting to reach a more comfortable level with our younger girls, which we need.”
In junior varsity action, New Bremen grabbed a 30-20 victory.
Devon Heitkamp led the Cardinals with nine, while sophomore Heather Pohlman countered with nine for the Lady ’Cats (2-5).