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Monday, December 24, 2012 12:27 PM

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VAN WERT – The Van Wert Lady Cougars hosted the Jefferson Lady Wildcats Saturday night in non-conference action.
The Lady Cougars used big second and third quarters to defeat the Lady Wildcats 60-40.

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.
The teams played an equal final period, both scoring 12 points, leaving the final score 60-40 in favor of the Lady Cougars.

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.
The victory moves Van Wert’s record to 3-6 on the year.

“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.”
Hoffman   also  spoke  about  some  of  the  key  players  the  Lady  Wildcats lost in the game due to injuries.

“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.”
Jefferson is in the Parkway/Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament starting 3 p.m. Friday. Van Wert hosts Lancaster 1 p.m. Thursday.

Heather Pohlman 0-0-0-0, Brooke Culp 1-0-0-2, Katie Goergens 2-0-0-4, Rileigh Stockwell 4-0-6-14, Hannah Sensibaugh 1-1-2-7, Gabrielle Pimpas 1-0-2-4, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0-0, Makayla Binkley 1-0-3-5, Jasmine McDougall 1-0-2-4. Totals 11-1-15/21-40.
P. Jones 0-0-0-0, Kaitlynn Hall 1-1-2-7, H. Hulbert 0-0-0-0, Livia Butler 0-0-0-0, Emilie Moonshower 0-3-0-9, Alexa Dunlap 3-0-1-7, Claire Butler 3-0-3-9, C. Handy 0-0-0-0, Erin Morrow 1-2-4-12, Alexis Dowdy 3-1-4-13, Jenna Weigle 0-0-3-3. Totals 11-7-17/25-60.

Score by Quarters:
Jefferson     17      5    6    12 - 40
Van Wert     18    16  14    12 - 60          
Taylor Stroh 1-0-1-3, Heather Pohlman 0-0-3-3, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0-0, Brooke Gallmeier 0-0-0-0, Shelby Koenig 5-0-3-13, Tori Black 2-0-0-4, Jessica Pimpas 0-0-1-1, Bailey Gorman 3-0-6-12. Totals 11-0-15/27-36.
L. Ayers 0-1-0-3, C. Burgos 0-0-0-0, R. Jones 7-1-4-21, P. Eutsler 0-0-0-0, M. Magowan 0-0-0-0, K. Dotson 1-0-0-2, D. Grothause 0-0-0-0, A. Moreland 0-0-0-0, E. Bair 4-0-0-8, H. Walker 0-0-0-0. Totals 12-2-4/6-34.

Score by Quarters:
Jefferson    6     8    7    15 - 36
Van Wert    9    8    8      9 - 34


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