|Michel paces Miller City past Jeff Cats|
|Wednesday, January 09, 2013 1:55 PM|
The 5-11 center put in a super double-double: 26 points and 23 boards, throwing in six assists, five blocks and three steals in leading the host Lady Wildcats to a 68-35 rout of Jefferson non-league girls basketball action.
“She’s a tough matchup for us inside and we weren’t good enough defensively tonight to handle her,” Jefferson coach Dave Hoffman noted. “With our poor shooting tonight and the turnovers that we had, we had to be really good defensively and that didn’t happen. They got on a roll and it all snowballed after that.”
Miller City head man Chris Rump gave all the credit to his senior.
“She has led us in scoring and rebounding the three previous years and will again this year. She’ll set the rebounding record and will go over 1,000 points,” he explained. “Last year, she had some good players to help her out but they graduated; every team knows she does it all and she continues to do it all.”
Michel’s transition foul-line jumper basket at 7:36 gave Miller City (2-10) a lead they would never relinquish. However, it was freshman Amanda Simon (15 markers, 4 assists) that set the tone for the home team with 10 points in the period. Jefferson (4-9) did start off shooting well, hitting 6-of-12 in the period, but the host Wildcats were 6-of-10 and 4-of-5 at the line (11-of-17 for the game for 64.7%). Their lead reached 18-11 on a single by Michel at 1:24 but junior Rileigh Stockwell (8 points, 9 boards) hit a runner at 49 seconds to get Delphos within 18-13.
Michel got hot in the second period, scoring nine of the host team’s 18 in the canto. The Red and White began to slow down offensively (4-of-15 shooting), a trend that continued as they finished 14-of-55 for the game (2-of-12 3-balls) for 25.5 percent. Thus, they could not take advantage of forcing 26 Miller City miscues (22 of their own) as the hosts netted 25-of-48 fielders (a stellar 7-of-12 downtown) for 52.0 percent overall. The Blue and Gold erected a 36-24 halftime edge on a half-court heave by Michel as time expired.
If Jefferson had any hopes of a rally in the third period, they needed to come out hot and chisel at the deficit. That didn’t happen. Michel continued to dominate the paint and the glass as she collected eight more markers, while Jefferson’s offense all but disappeared. They managed a free throw by junior Brooke Hesseling (7 markers, 5 caroms) at 4:26 and a fielder by classmate Makayla Binkley (8 points) at 2:34. The home team steadily built up its lead, reaching 52-27 on a Michel putback at the 46-second mark.
The benches emptied as far as they could — Miller City only has 12 players for varsity and junior varsity — in the fourth period as the largest lead reached 67-31 on a basket by Michel at 1:53.
Jefferson also shot a cold 5-of-19 at the line for 26.3 percent. They finished with 31 rebounds, 15 offensive; and 13 fouls. They visit Lima Central Catholic Thursday with the JV starting at 6 p.m.
“It’s frustrating for the girls. We miss some shots, especially the open ones, and that frustrates them,” Hoffman added. “We then start to try and force things and it adds even more to the frustration. Our turnovers have been a problem all year. We played hard, no question; we just have to keep getting better, especially defensively and handling the ball, and come back ready to go.”
Miller City nabbed 42 off the glass (10 offensive) as sophomore Haley Lammers added seven; and added 17 fouls. Senior Brandi Gerschutz dished seven assists of the team total of 20 and added four steals, while Simon added four dimes. Miller City visits Fort Jennings 6 p.m. Thursday.
“We did have some turnovers but those seemed to happen right after we forced a turnover or tried to get into transition,” Rump added. “When we set it up in the half-court, we took better care of the ball. We passed the ball very well and that led to some great shots. We also shot the 3-ball well.”
Jefferson’s JV team controlled the last three quarters 33-18 to seize a 37-28 triumph.