|Pirates too much for Grove girls|
|Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:20 PM|
By Dave Boninsegna
COLUMBUS GROVE — The Putnam County League schedule got underway on Tuesday evening at Columbus Grove as the Lady Bulldogs hosted the Continental Lady Pirates.
Despite outscoring the Pirates in the third period, the hosts could not contain the speed of their guests as Continental came away with a 46-39 victory.
Paige Ordway tallied 23 points for the Pirates, while pulling down seven boards.
Jade Clement knocked down three from beyond the arc to account for her nine points for the Bulldogs; Julia Wynn added eight markers and 12 boards in the effort for the hosts.
The Continental defense forced 28 Columbus Grove turnovers as the guests were able to jump in the passing lanes for steals and create pressure in between the circles.
“There are some turnovers that you can live with as a coach; there were some that we had pressure on but too many that led to points.” Grove coach Brian Schroeder commented.
The Pirates led 9-5 after the first quarter as the home team hit just 2-of-10 from the field; however, Continental was not much further behind, going only four of 10 attempts.
Both teams appeared to get into a bit of a groove in the second frame, each missing on just three attempts as the Pirates took a 24-14 lead into the break.
Ordway got a stickback that put the guests up 15-7 midway into the second and Clement hit the first of her three from long rang to cut the deficit to five at 15-10 with 3:33 remaining before the break. However, Continental got its first 10-point lead of the contest late in the frame on a McKenna Scott steal and hoop, making the score 22-12 in favor of the Pirates. Ordway and Julia Wynn (8 points) traded baskets to end the first half.
The guests started out the third the way they ended the first half with Sloane Zachrich pushing the Pirate lead out to 14. However, the Bulldogs clawed back as Clement drained another triple and Sammi Stechshulte got her first points of the game, bringing the hosts to within seven at 32-25 with 4:13 to go in the third.
Nevertheless, as quickly as Grove came back, Ordway forced back-to-back turnovers that she converted into baskets to bring the Continental lead back to 10 at 37-27. Clement nailed her third long-range shot with 17 seconds left in the canto to make it a 37-30 contest heading into the final period.
The Bulldogs held their guests to just two baskets from the field in the final eight minutes as seven of the home-team players got in the book with Kyra Yinger dropping a triple late to make it a 45-37 contest. Ordway connected on the front end of two foul shots to round out the Pirate scoring.
“We are a pretty balanced team; that is good in some aspects but we are looking to a variety of girls to score for us, Schroeder added. “Jade is just a freshman; she is one of our players that come in early every morning and shoot; Sydney McCluer, Rachel Shumacher and some others come in and get some extra shooting in.”
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the PCL; while Continental moves to 3-0 and 1-0.
In the JV contest the home team came away with a 39-18 victory, leading 17-0 at one point.
Fitzwater 1-0-2, Scott 3-1-7, Quigley 0-2-2, Zachrich 3-2-8, Ordway 9-4-23, Kindillen 2-0-4. Totals 18-9-46.
Columbus Grove (39)
Schumacher 2-1-6, Stechshulte 2-0-4, Wynn 4-0-8, McCluer 1-0-2, Diller 2-1-5, Yinger 2-0-5, Clement 3-0-9. Totals 16-2-39.
Scoring by Quarters
Continental 9 15 13 9 - 46
Columbus Grove 5 9 16 9 - 39
Three-point goals: Continental, Ordway; Clement 3, Schumacher, Yinger.
JV score: 39-18 (Columbus Grove).