|Monday, December 31, 2012 11:18 AM|
Lancers outgun Fort Jennings 57-40
Junior point guard Kyle Willams was the igniter for the visitors. He started the game with a nifty baseline drive and layup. After Jennings got two free throws from Connor Wallenhorst and a corner 3-pointer by Kurt Warnecke to lead 5-2, the Lancers took charge. Justis Dowdy picked off a Musketeer pass and went the distance -- 5-4, Fort Jennings. After two missed Musketeer free throws, Williams swished a three from the left corner, Dowdy canned a nice up-and-under layup, Williams drained a long one from the right wing, and Kade Carey landed a trey from the left corner -- 15-5, Lincolnview, with 1:35 left in the first quarter. The Muskies then got a layup from Josh Wittler (assist Warnecke) and two freebies by Warnecke, but Carey scored at the buzzer on an alley-oop from Williams to make it 17-9 after one.
Williams started the second period with his own personal 7-2 run -- elbow jumper, trifecta from straight out, 17-footer from the top of the key -- and the lead was 24-11 with 6:18 on the clock. A twisty layup by Dowdy pushed the lead to 26-11. That’s when Jennings made its last serious threat via a 9-1 run (putback of his own miss by Brandon Kohli, layup by Austin Kehres, Josh Wittler three from out front, 12-foot banker by Warnecke) -- 27-20, Lancers, at 2:58. Enter Eli Farmer off the Lancer bench to nail a three from the left wing, a putback and a buzzer-beating long ball from the left side to put the visitors in command 37-23 at the break.
Williams had piled up 17 points in the first 16 minutes. Both teams had shot well but Lincolnview had launched twice as many field goal attempts (32, hitting 15) as had Fort Jennings (16, making 7). That was due primarily to a huge turnover disparity -- 13 for the Musketeers, only two for the Lancers.
Fort Jennings solved its turnover problem in the third quarter, committing only one, but went cold from the field (4-for-14), allowing the home team to gain only one point -- 47-34 after three periods. If there was still any doubt, the Lancers erased that quickly in the final quarter by starting with a 7-0 run (Dowdy freebie, Nick Leeth layup, two Williams free throws, interception and breakaway by Carey) to lead 54-34.
Lincolnview had a lot more field goal attempts and was much more accurate -- 23-of-53 (44%) to 14-of-38 (37%). The Lancers had only seven turnovers; four of those came in the third quarter. The Musketeers had only four miscues in the second half, giving them 17 for the game. Neither team gave any free-throw lessons, Lincolnview hitting 5-of-10 (50%), Fort Jennings 8-of-15 (53%). The Lancers won the boards 32-26.
“We wanted to pressure the basketball and get the tempo up a little bit -- I thought we did that,” said Lincolnview coach Brett Hammons. “I think the game played more to our pace. We got some easy shots in transition, which is the way we score best. I enjoyed the way our kids played. We got after it at both ends and we had some guys step up tonight. We haven’t been shooting it very well all season. I think we shot 44 percent tonight, which is the best we’ve shot all year.”
Williams had almost no looks at the basket in the second half but still finished with 21 points. He got solid support from Dowdy, Carey and Farmer with 9, 9 and 8.
Warnecke played his usual solid all-around game and led Musketeer scoring with 14. Kohli and Wallenhorst added 10 and 8.
The first quarter saw both teams come out very strong defensively, especially the Indians constantly double teaming and pressing the Big Green all over the court. The Big Green responded well behind their senior leadership at the guard position in Ryan Honigford and Derek Schimmoeller. The Big Green used three 3-pointers from Honigford, junior Brandt Landin and sophomore Austin Honigford in outscoring the Indians 15-9 after the first eight minutes of play.
The Indians started off cold from the field and were forced into five turnovers during the quarter by the Big Green. The Indians were led in scoring by freshman Jay Thomas with 4 points and senior Thomas Nolte with 3 points.
The second quarter found the Indians starting to find their mark beyond the arc with 3-pointers being drained by senior Thad Vernon, sophomore Jaden O’Neal and at the buzzer by junior Josh Bishop coming off the bench. The Indians outscored the Big Green in the second 16-11 and led by one 25-24 going to the locker room.
The Big Green kept pace in the quarter by going 7-o-8 from the stripe as (Ryan) Honigford was 4-of-4 and junior Luke Schimmoeller 3-of-4, accounting for seven of the team’s 11 points scored in the stanza.
The third quarter again saw the Indians increasing their pressure on both ends and using the 3-ball to extend their lead on the Big Green, scoring 15 points in the quarter, but again nine of them came beyond the arc as Bishop drained two more and Nolte added his second to his total for the evening.
The Big Green, as they have done all year, battle every second of the game and used a 7-point quarter by (Ryan) Honigford to stay within striking range 40-35 after three quarters of play.
Big Green head coach Todd Turnwald was pleased with his senior’s performance on the evening: “Ryan played a great game tonight on both ends of the court and was able to drain 9-of-10 from the stripe tonight to help us stay in the game in the second quarter and finish the night strong.”
As so many games have went this year for Turnwald, the Big Green found themselves trailing heading into the final eight minutes of play. They used a cold-shooting, turnover-happy Indians’ squad in the final period and took advantage of their excellent foul shooting on the night (6-7 in the fourth quarter) to battle all the way back to tie the game at 45-45. Both teams had their chances to win it but Nolte’s 3-pointer at the buzzer didn’t fall and overtime period was going to be needed.
The overtime was a contrast in styles as the Indians battled and were throwing shots up from all over. The Big Green continued to run their offensive sets, looking inside to Schimmoeller and Landin, in addition using the hot hand from the stripe to extend their lead in overtime.
The biggest moment of the game came midway through the overtime when Landin was fouled and subsequently the Indians were called for a technical foul, sending the Big Green to the line for four shots; they connected on three. The Big Green went on to be 10-13 from the line in overtime and were 24-of-31 (77%) for the game.
Coach Turnwald was all smiles after the game: “I’m so extremely proud of these guys tonight. I’ve said all year our record doesn’t indicate the hard work and heart these kids have shown day after day in practice and on game nights. We’ve talked about execution down the stretch of a game and tonight we were able to accomplish that and get a very tough and hard-earned win over a Division II team on the road. The kids really deserved this win tonight.”
The Indians (1-5) were 18-of-47 (38%) from the field and 8-of-11 (73%) from the stripe. Nolte and Vernon led the Indians with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Big Green (3-6) were 13-36 (36%) from the field. Honigford (Ryan) led the Big Green with 21 points for the evening.
The Indians will next play tonight as they host Marion Local for a 6 p.m. JV start. The Big Green also returns to action tonight as they welcome in the Lancers from Lincolnview for a 6:30 p.m. JV start.
The JV game (2 quarters) went to the Indians 31-15.