|Lady Lancers rout Jeffcats; Jefferson boys romp past Panthers|
|Monday, December 31, 2012 1:33 PM|
In the boys consolation contest, Jefferson dominated the third period by a margin of 17-5 and went on to a 55-38 triumph.
In the girls finals, statistics didn’t lie in this one. The Wildcats (4-7) shot an icy 8-of-45 from the floor (2-of-13 beyond the arc) for 17.8 percent and only 4-of-7 at the line (57.1%). Junior Rileigh Stockwell was high scorer with nine and the next-highest was classmate Makayla Binkley with four.
The performance left Hoffman shaking his head, at a loss for words.
“I don’t know. We didn’t do anything on either end of the floor; we didn’t do what we needed to do,” he confessed. “I never saw anything like it. We have a week to figure things out before we play again; I hope we do.”
On the other hand, Lancer head man Dan Williamson was extremely pleased defensively.
“We get so much of our offense from our defense. We’re not the tallest team in the world, so we have to make it a full-court game and turn the other team over,” he said. “If we play defense like we did tonight the rest of the year, we’re going to win some games.”
The Lady Lancers (8-2) countered with 19-of-39 shooting (2-of-7 downtown) for 48.7 percent and 8-o-17 singles (47.1%). Seniors Katie Dye and Kaitlyn Brant led with 10 counters each.
Jefferson struggled from the get-go, with Lincolnview’s 2-2-1 3/4-court press that dropped into a man-to-man making tough sledding. Jefferson’s own man-to-man defensive scheme also kept things close. Jefferson did not score until the 4-minute mark on two free throws by junior Brooke Culp and later, junior Katie Goergens hit a 3-ball at 2:52 to get within 6-5. However, Dye finished her 6-point quarter with a pair of buckets: a drive with 1:59 showing and a jumper from the left corner at 1:28; to make it 10-5 at the end of eight minutes.
Lincolnview turned it over seven times in the period (15 for the game versus 4 and 19 for the Red and White) but compensated with an 8-3 edge off the backboards (34-30 overall, 8-12 offensive). As well, Delphos shot 1-of-10 versus 4-of-4 for Lincolnview.
The Lancers began to take more command of this contest in the second period, outscoring their foe 13-8. Stockwell scored seven of her team’s eight points but everyone else on the Wildcats struggled as they hit 3-of-11. On the other end, the Lady Lancers had five players score at least two points in the canto and led 23-10 on a 15-foot baseliner from junior Christine Stemen at 1:15. Stockwell netted an old-fashioned 3-point play at 19.8 ticks to get her team within 23-13.
The Blue and Gold took total control in the third — 18-4 — as Jefferson simply couldn’t find its way this day. They shot 2-of-13 for the quarter, adding six miscues, and Hoffman even went deep into his bench to try kick-start his unit, to no avail. Brant caught fire, scoring all 10 of her points, as Williamson also went deeper into his bench and still built the lead. Lincolnview’s biggest lead of the period was 38-13 on a putback by Brant at 3:06 before sophomore Devann Springer’s layin with 30 ticks on the board made for a 41-17 Lancer lead.
All that was left in the fourth was the margin of victory as Lincolnview’s lead reached 29 points before Binkley 3-ball late accounted for the final score.
Stockwell and Binkley led Jefferson with five boards each. They amassed 12 fouls. They host Edgerton 6 p.m. Saturday (JV start).
Senior Kaylee Thatcher led Lincolnview with six boards (3 assists) and five apiece from Dye (4 assists), sophomore Julia Thatcher and classmate Ashley Teman (4 thefts). Sophomore Hannah McCleery added five steals and three assists. They ended with 13 fouls and host Van Wert Thursday.
In the boys consolation, Jefferson (2-6) trailed 21-19 to start the third period but senior Zach Ricker (19 markers) erupted for nine points in the stanza. His transition layin at 4:20 gave Jefferson the lead for good at 24-23 and the margin kept building the rest of the way. Jefferson’s mix of 1-2-2 zone and man defense limited Parkway junior Matt Heindel (19 markers, 7 boards) to two after he scored 15 the first half. When Ricker hit the second-of-2 tosses at 1:07, they led 36-26.
Jefferson also took advantage of an aggressive mentality of going to the basket throughout the game, hitting 18-of-24 free throws (75%) versus 3-of-6 for Parkway (50%).
Ricker did his part in the fourth as well, scoring five. However, freshman Trey Smith stepped up as well, scoring eight of his game- and career-high 22 (6 boards, 3 steals) in the canto to help keep the Panthers (1-7) at arm’s length. The biggest edge of the night came at the final margin as sophomore Nick Fitch (6 rebounds) hit two free throws at 38.8 ticks.
“It looked like we were having fun out there tonight; that is one thing I wanted to see, some enthusiasm,” Jefferson head man Marc Smith noted. “Defensively, we did a better job on Heindel and (Brant) Barna and that got us going. It’s a lot easier to play this game when you’re getting stops and can push the ball, like I want, as well as when you’re playing loose and relaxed.”
“We have no consistency in our game. When we’re scoring points, we have a tendency to let down at the defensive end,” he said. “I am not sure but it seems like we celebrate the score and then let the opponent come down and score. In the third period, we gave up 17 points and only scored five, so not only were we not scoring, we didn’t stop them either.”
Smith scored eight of the team’s nine first-period points as the Wildcats started slowly from the field — 2-of-11. They hit 4-of-5 from the line to stay close. Heindel was also a one-man wrecking crew for the Panthers, dropping in nine of his team’s 13. His 12-footer at 1:56 gave Parkway its largest lead of 13-6 before Smith hit two throws (59.6 seconds) and Ricker one (44 ticks) to get the Red and White within 13-9.
Twice, Parkway gained 6-point leads in the second period but Jefferson began to get more of a handle on Heindel (6 points in the canto) and slow down the Parkway attack more. Though their offense wasn’t exactly in high gear, they did manage to outscore the host team 10-8 and climbed within 21-19 on a trey from the left corner by Smith at 1:40.
In toto, Jefferson canned 16-of-38 shots (5-of-17 trios) for 42.1 percent; grabbed 31 boards (6 offensive) as junior Ross Thompson had nine (3 assists); and added a mere 10 miscues and 12 fouls. Junior Austin Jettinghoff dished off five assists. They host Ada for their first home game of 2012-13 6 p.m. Friday.
“We played through their zone for three quarters; it was good to see us do that. We have tried to instill an aggressive, take-the-ball-to-the-hole attitude, in the kids,” Coach Smith added. “We’re getting there. We’ve been working hard on penetrating and using the jump-stop to stay in control and run our offense; we’re seeing some rewards to that.”
Parkway ended up 16-of-50 shooting (3-of-18 triples) for 32 percent; with 28 caroms (10 offensive) as the junior Barna nabbed 10; and 14 turnovers and 17 fouls. They visit Versailles Friday.
In the consolation girls game, it came down to the fourth period in this contest of two evenly-matched teams, especially considering the largest lead was six.
Parkway (3-7) led 42-41 to start the fourth and all that started was a quarter that saw four lead changes and two ties. Neither team shot well from the floor in the period — combining for 7-of-29 from the floor (5-of-16 for the Panthers) — nor from the charity line (7-of-23, 3-of-14 for the Panthers). The woeful free-throw shooting (10-of-28 overall for 35.7%) by the host team kept them from either building a bigger lead or salting the game away. Olivia Cummings (23 points, 12 boards) hit a banker from the right block at 1:29 to give the Lady Jets a 53-51 lead. After Snyder (17 markers, 11 boards, 3 steals) answered with a basket at 1:05, Haley Slonkosky hit 1-of-2 singles at 35.7 ticks for the final Jet lead. After an exchange of turnovers, Parkway got the ball to Snyder, whose shot was awry, but she got the board and was fouled with 9.0 ticks left, ending Cummings’ night. After a Jet timeout, she calmly sank both for that 1-point lead.
Slonkosky then drove the ball and took a 15-footer that caromed off the rim; after a scramble, Dana Stanley got the rebound but could not let fly with a last-chance try before time expired.
Parkway overcame 21-of-71 shooting (3-of-8 3s) for 29.6 percent because Fairlawn wasn’t that good, nailing 16-of-60 shots (5-of-9 trifectas) for 26.7 percent.
Junior Cami Hellwarth (13 markers, 10 boards) got things clicking for the Panthers in the early going, scoring eight markers in the first. Cummings answered with four for Sidney but the host team built up a 16-11 edge as Hellwarth hit a 15-footer from the baseline with 3.1 ticks on the board.
After junior Sierra Fent gave Parkway the largest lead of the game at 18-12 early in the second, the 5-10 Cummings helped rally the Jets with seven in the period. In fact, her basket from in front at 41 ticks gave the Lady Jets a 26-24 halftime lead.
The third period was marked by 11 lead changes and one tie as neither team could get on more than a 5-point run. The last lead change came with 3.1 ticks on the board as sophomore Lydia Heindel hit a short banker to put the Panthers up 42-41.
Fairlawn finished 17-of-26 from the stripe (65.4%); securing 39 rebounds (12 offensive) as Slonskosky grabbed 11; 12 errors; 21 fouls. Kelsey Oates tossed in 13 points.
Parkway closed with 41 rebounds (18 offensive) as sophomore Terra Walls added eight; 11 errors; and 21 fouls. They host Versailles Thursday.
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