|Second quarter dooms Lady Jays vs. Knights|
|Monday, January 21, 2013 3:44 PM|
CONVOY – The Crestview Lady Knights hosted the St. John’s Lady Blue Jays Saturday night in non-conference cage action.
The Lady Knights used hot shooting and a big second quarter to defeat St. John’s 65-53.
The Lady Blue Jays used some hot shooting of their own, especially from three, and led after one quarter, 18-16.
“Defensively, we had a couple of quarters we weren’t real happy with, especially the first quarter,” said Crestview coach Greg Rickard. “We gave up 18 points, mostly on threes. We knew they could shoot threes and we talked about getting out and defending that but we didn’t do it. We eventually made the adjustment but we need to start out that way.”
Crestview turned things around in the second stanza to put some distance between themselves and St. John’s. The Lady Knights outscored the Lady Blue Jays 15-2 in the quarter.
St Johns coach Dan Grothouse commented on the difference between the two quarters for his team: “On the offensive end, we quit executing and staying in what we were doing. We were pretty disciplined in the first quarter but then we missed a few shots and it started to take us out of what we were trying to do. Everybody started to work more individually instead of as a team and it took us out of our offensive flow.”
Grothouse also mentioned the struggles the Lady Jays had on the defensive end in the second quarter.
“We took that down to the other end and didn’t get back defensively and they were running those low screens and we didn’t communicate very well,” he continued. “We weren’t trying to jump to the ball to get to a spot where we could get to their cutters. They just went at us a little tougher and we didn’t set up our intensity or energy enough in that second quarter.”
Grothouse also thought rebounding was a big factor for his team in the quarter: “Other than the second quarter, I thought we battled down low, we rebounded a little bit there, but in the second quarter we couldn’t rebound anything and they got any offensive rebound they wanted.”
Rickard talked about what made the quarter so successful for the Lady Knights: “Offensively, I thought we did a good job. We didn’t turn the ball over and we did a good job of getting the ball inside and shot the ball well from outside. When they went zone, we knew we were going to get some shoots from the perimeter. When we shoot that well, we are going to be tough to beat.”
Crestview did most of their damage in the second quarter in the paint. Rickard commented on the Lady Knights ability to get the ball inside and score in the paint.
“We definitely tried to but I didn’t think we would be that successful in doing it. We got it down there easier than I thought we would and we finished, which was good because we haven’t always finished out power shots the last few games,” he noted.
The Lady Blue Jays finished the second half strong and even outscored Crestview in the third quarter. Grothouse was pleased with the effort of his team.
“I think we came out and played extremely hard. Defensively, for a while, we played well but we can’t give up 30 a half,” he added. “We weren’t ready in the second quarter and that was big for us. They are a very good basketball team, though. They are very balanced, they have a very nice inside game and they can also shoot the ball from the outside and that poses a lot of problems, but I thought our kids really battled.”
Emily Bauer led the way for the Crestview with 21 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Lindsey Motycka and Mackenzie Riggenbach were also in double figures, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Knights shot very well from the floor: 20-34 (59%) from the field, including 5-11 (46%) from three. They also had a good night at the free throw line, going 20-27 (74%).
“I thought we did a good job of finishing and getting some and-ones. We ran some of our quick-hitters and got the ball inside and I think that’s why they ended up going zone, but then we were able to hit some perimeter shots,” added Rickard.
The Lady Blue Jays also shot well from the field, going 19-42 (45%) from the field and hit 5-of-12 (42%) 3-point attempts. Katie Vorst led the way with 15 points. Jessica Recker added 12 points and Emilie Fischbach 10.
The win improved the Lady Knights to 13-1 on the season, while the loss drops the Lady Blue Jays to 6-8 on the year.
Crestview visits Van Wert tonight, while St. John’s is at St. Henry Thursday.
St. John’s (53)
Vorst 15, Recker 12, E. Fischbach 10, Fischer 6, Zuber 4, Saine 4, S. Fischbach 2. Totals 14-5-10-53.
Bauer 21, Motycka 12, Riggenbach 10, Mercer 7, Crowle 7, Henry 6, Hicks 2. Totals 15-5-20-65.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s - 18 2 11 22 - 53
Crestview - 16 15 9 25 - 65
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