|Lady Cougars’ hot shooting leads to victory over Jeffcats|
|Monday, December 24, 2012 12:27 PM|
Both teams started off hot in the first quarter. The biggest lead of the quarter belonged to Van Wert when sophomore Erin Morrow hit a 3 to put Van Wert up 13-10 with just over three minutes to play in the first quarter. On the following possessions, Rileigh Stockwell hit four out of five free throws to give Jefferson a 15-13 lead. Van Wert battled back at the end of the quarter to take an 18-17 lead on a basket by Kaitlynn Hall.
The Lady Cougars gave themselves some breathing room in the second quarter, starting the quarter on a 7-0 run. Morrow started the scoring with a jump shot and Emilie Moonshower followed with a 3-pointer and two free throws to push the lead to 25-17.
Delphos fought back to get within five on a basket by Jasmine McDougall and a free throw by Gabby Pimpas. With the score 25-20 with just over three minutes left in the half, Van Wert went on another run to end the quarter. This time, the Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Wildcats 10-1. Hall had five points during the run, while Claire Butler added a basket and Morrow two free throws. The big run gave Van Wert the 34-22 lead at halftime.
The teams both scored six points apiece to begin the third quarter but Van Wert went on another run to end the quarter. With the score 41-28, the Lady Cougars scored the final seven points, all by Alexis Dowdy, putting Van Wert up by 20 heading to the final period.
Dowdy led the way for Van Wert with 13 points. Morrow and Moonshower both hit double digits as well, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Lady Cougars shot well from the field, hitting on 18-of-36 (50%) of their field goal attempts, including going 7-of-13 (53%) from beyond the arc.
“We got off to a really good first quarter. We attacked the basket, made a few things happen and played pretty well,” said Jefferson coach David Hoffman. “Then we got down and went to a zone and they started hitting from the outside. Once they got the momentum going, we were never able to get that turned around.”
The loss drops the Lady Wildcats to 3-6 on the season.
For Jefferson, Stockwell led all scorers in the game with 14 points and was the only Lady Wildcat in double figures. Jefferson struggled from the field, shooting 11-for-34 (32%) and not making any 3s, but hit 15-of-21 at the line for 71.4 percent.
“Defensively, we didn’t play very well in the first quarter, but we had been struggling so much offensively I was just pleased to get going offensively,” said Van Wert coach Lance Moonshower. “We really needed a win. We have been struggling a little bit to get over the hump and offensively we looked a lot better tonight. After that first quarter, I thought defensively we looked pretty good.”
“We lost (Brooke) Culp, who is a major part of our scoring,” he added. “Then we lost some of our depth when (Brooke) Hesseling went down because she is usually our first guard off the bench. They have a nice team, though, and when they are on, they are tough to stop, so you have to give them credit.”