|Lady Musketeers stymie Jeffcats|
|Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:58 PM|
The Musketeers (8-12) also held the Lady Jeffcats (7-14) to 21.8-percent shooting: 12-of-55; in breaking a 4-game losing streak against the Lady ’Cats.
The lone Jefferson player in double digits in scoring was junior Rileigh Stockwell with 12. Junior Gabby Pimpas added nine.
The Wildcats had the better of the early proceedings against the Jennings’ man-to-man defense, building a 9-6 edge on two singles by Stockwell at the midway point of the first period. The Musketeers then had the better of the rest of the canto against Jefferson’s mix of zones but not by much, getting the lead for good at 13-11 on a fourth-chance putback by Stechschulte at the 24-second mark. When junior Katie Goergens hit the second of a pair of throws at 11.8 ticks, that made the first-period score 13-12, Fort Jennings.
Schroeder, held scoreless in the first canto, erupted for all 13 of her points in the decisive second, netting three straight trifectas in the first three minutes to help the Musketeers build a 24-15 edge. The Wildcats struggled offensively, hitting 3-of-10 shots, while the Musketeers canned 9-of-20. They continuously built a bigger lead, as much as 36-17 on a layin by Erin Osting off a penetration move by Schroeder at 30 seconds. However, junior Makalya Binkley hit a jumper from the right elbow with 13 ticks left for a 36-19 halftime edge.
“You can’t give up 36 points in a half; I was disappointed with our defensive effort the first half. We were not good in the first half,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman said. “We’ve been much better defensively this year than we showed tonight. We were a little better the second half but we had dug ourselves too deep of a hole by then.” The Musketeers hit 15-of-42 shots in the half but had 16 offensive rebounds. The Lady Wildcats had nine of their own but hit 7-of-24 fielders.
“I’m sure our effort was helped by Senior Night; we just came out with a lot of emotion and enthusiasm,” Jennings coach Kevin Horstman noted. “All you can ask is to play hard; you’re not always going to make good decisions but you can play hard. We kind of refocused ourselves on that lately.” The Wildcats managed to slow down the Musketeer attack in the third period, limiting them to 10 markers. However, the Red and White couldn’t put together much scoring of their own, hitting a mere 2-of-14 shots from the field. The closest they could get was 40-26 on a single by Stockwell at 3:35 but the Musketeers finished the period on a 6-0 spurt, capped by a transition layin at the buzzer by German (dish by Schroeder) for a 46-26 edge.
The only decision left in the fourth period was the final margin of victory. The largest lead by the hosts was 23 and the least was 18.
“Offensively, we struggled again but that has been a problem all too often this season,” Hoffman added. “We didn’t help ourselves by giving up all those second and third shots; we didn’t finish off any good defense we played. We also missed a lot of free throws, which has been a problem at times this season. Overall, we didn’t play a good game.” Fort Jennings dropped in 23-of-66 shots, 4-of-9 long range, for 34.8 percent and 6-of-15 at charity (40%); with 51 boards, 23 offensive; with 13 errors; and 18 fouls. Fort Jennings has a makeup game at Lincolnview today.
“We were very active on the offensive boards; that really helped us tonight,” Horstman added. “We played with a lot of confidence from the start tonight. Whomever we put in seemed to help right away. That kind of confidence carries over. If things aren’t going so well, that might not happen, but they saw good things going on before they got in.”
In junior varsity action, Jennings improved to 9-8 as they handled Jefferson (6-14) 30-24.