|St. John’s girls win defensive struggle|
|Sunday, December 01, 2013 9:00 PM|
DELPHOS — The St. John’s girls basketball crew overcame sub-25-percent shooting Saturday afternoon at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium, using a 14-board edge to best St. Marys Memorial 35-26 in non-league action.
Tara Vorst and Emilie Fischbach led the Lady Blue Jays (1-1) with seven points each and Amanda Boberg and Sydney Fischbach added six each (11 boards for the latter).
The Jays ended up 11-of-47 from the floor (4-of-19 long range) for 23.4 percent, while the Lady Roughriders canned 10-of-29 shots (0-of-10 triples) for 34.5 percent. The Jays outrebounded their foe 38-24 (19-3 offensive).
“Right now, it’s a matter of shooting with confidence. We had a lot of good looks today; we just couldn’t hit them,” St. John’s coach Dan J. Grothouse noted. “We have to keep working and find some way to put the ball in the basket. We’re very inconsistent offensively; we might hit two shots and then miss 10 and they are good looks. We are a work in progress, especially offensively.”
Erika Angstmann led the Lady Roughriders (0-3) with six and Skylar Liming added five.
St. John’s struggled against the Memorial 1-2-2 zone defense in the first period, shooting 3-of-14. However, thanks to the hosts’ trademark glue-like man-to-man defense, they limited the ’Riders to 2-of-6. Seven offensive boards gave the Jays those extra shots and it was a second-chance triple on the left wing by the sophomore Vorst with 37 seconds to go that gave the hosts the lead for good.
A basket by Roughrider Quincy Rable 38 seconds into the second period was as close as they could get the rest of the contest. It stood at a 1-point lead until the Sydney Fischbach hit a 3-point play at 5:50 and that started the hosts toward a 12-4 spurt the rest of the half, capped by a Vorst transition layup at 27.2 seconds, to lead 20-11.
St. Marys had pushed their zone defense out farther — to 3/4-court — as the game wore on (doing more trapping out of it) and it began to take more of a toll on the Jays in the third period, forcing six of their 19 miscues. Fortunately for the home team, they forced five of the Roughriders’ 22 for the afternoon in the same period. Thus, the closest the visitors could get was three points twice before a single by Reagan Aller with 55.8 ticks on the clock put them down 24-20.
A 4:12 drought to commence the fourth doomed the Roughriders as the Jays slowly put more distance between the units. The Jays hit 6-of-10 singles in the finale (9-of-20 overall for 45%) to seal the deal.
St. Marys finished with 6-of-13 free throws for 46.2 percent. Kelsey Rohrbach led the board work with seven, adding three steals, and Angstmann nabbed four steals. Memorial had 21 fouls.
The hosts totaled 15 fouls and visit Van Wert 6 p.m. (junior varsity tip) Tuesday.
“Defensively, we were very active and didn’t give them many open looks. That’s something we’re going to have to bank on this season, especially until we iron out the offense,” Grothouse added. “We gave them few second shots, which also helps your defense. We were active on our own offensive glass and had a lot more shots there; again, we have to finish.”
The Jays’ JV (2-0) also won 36-27.
Junior Samantha Wehri led with nine points.
Shania Taylor countered with nine for the guests (2-1).
ST. MARYS MEMORIAL (26)
Bailey Gottschalk 1-2-4, Reagan Aller 0-1-1, Hannah Tobin 0-0-0, Keely Koeper 0-0-0, Rachel Meier 0-0-0, Quincy Rable 1-0-2, Lee Ann Bertke 2-0-4, Skylar Liming 2-1-5, Kelsey Rohrbach 1-0-2, Erika Angstmann 3-0-6. Totals 10-0-6/13-26.
ST. JOHN’S (35)
Tara Vorst 3-0-7, Rebekah Fischer 0-0-0, Emilie Fischbach 1-4-7, Brooke Zuber 0-0-0, Rachel Pohlman 0-0-0, Erica Saine 1-0-3, Amanda Boberg 2-1-6, Jessica Geise 1-2-4, Lexie Hays 1-0-2, Sydney Fischbach 2-2-6. Totals 7-4-9/20-35.
Score by Quarters:
St. Marys 5 6 9 6 - 26
St. John’s 8 12 4 11 - 35
Three-point goals: St. Marys Memorial, none; St. John’s, Vorst, E. Fischbach, Saine, Boberg.
ST. MARYS MEMORIAL (27)
Makayla Koch 0-0-0, Lindi Cisco 3-0-6, Becca Wilson 0-0-0, Courtney Grothause 0-0-0, Alli Angstmann 3-2-8, Shania Taylor 2-4-9, Shylar Hennon 0-0-0, Page Block 1-2-4. Totals 8-1-8/15-27.
ST. JOHN’S (36)
Brooke Richardson 0-0-0, Madilynn Schulte 3-0-7, Emilie Grothouse 0-0-0, Maddy Jettinghoff 0-0-0, Maddie Pohlman 0-0-0, Halie Benavidez 0-8-8, Sam Kramer 1-1-3, Samantha Wehri 4-1-9, Colleen Schulte 2-4-9. Totals 8-2-14/23-36.
Score by Quarters:
St. Marys 7 11 5 4 - 27
St. John’s 13 3 8 12 - 36
Three-point goals: St. Marys Memorial, Taylor; St. John’s, M. Schulte, C. Schulte.