|Late 1st-quarter spurt pushes Pirates past Lady Wildcats|
|Thursday, December 05, 2013 9:16 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
BLUFFTON — A 14-2 spurt in the last three minutes of the first period propeled host Bluffton past Jefferson 62-39 in Northwest Conference girls hardwood action Thursday night inside the Pirates Den of Bluffton High School.
The first five minutes of the contest saw six lead changes and one tie, with the visitors (2-2, 0-1 NWC) holding an 11-10 lead on a deuce by senior Gabby Pimpas. Then the Lady Pirates, holding Senior Parents Night, exploded behind senior Sarah Schriner (22 markers, 7 boards, 4 steals, 3 assists). She hit treys from four different parts of the floor as she got away from the Wildcats’ defense. The only Jefferson score in that stretch was two singles by junior Brooke Culp 10 counters, 7 boards, 4 steals despite battling foul trouble) at 29.8 ticks. A pair of free throws by Andie Schmutz with 10.1 ticks on the board gave the hosts a 24-13 edge.
Bluffton was 5-of-9 from 3-point land in the first canto, 8-of-17 for the game.
“We were trapping quite a bit and they would pass to someone else out of the double and then her; she got away from us,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman explained. “They shot 12-of-14 from beyond the arc against Fort Jennings a week ago, so they can shoot the ball. Once we simply got wired on to her, she didn’t get the same shots. However, we didn’t do a lot well defensively all night with their balance between perimeter shooting and their size inside.”
The Wildcats struggled offensively after that, only scoring 26 points the rest of the night.
The second period was typical: they managed 3-of-10 shooting on a cold shooting night overall (13-of-49 from the floor, 2-of-16 3-balls, for 26.5%). The Pirates were better at 23-of-56 for the contest for 41.1 percent. That included 6-of-15 in the second period. Though the Lady ’Cats forced six errors in the period (21 total), they committed seven of their own (19 for the game). Bluffton led 38-17 on a triple by senior Olivia Hunt (13 counters on 3 bombs) at 1:31 but senior Katie Goergens (5 points due to battling foul trouble) hit an 18-footer from the left corner with 46 ticks left for a 38-19 halftime scoreboard.
The Wildcats went 5:21 of the third period without scoring, thus allowing the hosts to erect a 47-19 spread. Culp hit a pair of baskets the rest of the way and senior Rileigh Stockwell (10 counters, 9 caroms) a deuce but the Pirates got another trifecta from Hunt, this time from the left wing 4.1 ticks before the horn, for a 52-25 edge.
The Wildcats forced 11 turnovers in the fourth period but could only manage 4-of-16 shooting. Thus, they could only get as close as the final margin.
“We had another poor shooting night. We had a number last year and we’ve had two so far this year,” Hoffman added. “We couldn’t dig out from the hole we were in at all. We have a lot of things to work on.”
Jefferson ended up 11-of-23 from the foul line (47.8%), secured 33 caroms (15 offensive) and added 13 fouls. They visit Kalida for a 1 p.m. junior varsity start Saturday.
Bluffton finished 8-of-13 from 15 feet (61.5%), with 46 rebounds (16 offensive) as senior Bailey Prichard notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards and classmate Paige Buroker added eight boards (9 assists). They added 18 fouls and host Ottoville at noon Saturday.
In JV action, the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) nearly overcame a double-digit fourth-period deficit before the Pirates held on for a 40-35 decision.
Sophomore Jessica Pimpas and Taylor Stroh led the Wildcats with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Taylor Monday netted 11 and Abbie Parkins 10 for the victors.
Taylor Stroh 0-2-2, Heather Pohlman 1-0-2, Brooke Culp 4-2-10, Lindsay Deuel 1-1-3, Katie Goergens 2-0-5, Rileigh Stockwell 3-4-10, Gabby Pimpas 2-0-5, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 0-2-2. Totals 11-2-11/23-39.
Sarah Schriner 7-1-22, Olivia Hunt 5-0-13, Ashley Baker 0-0-0, Lauren Parkins 0-0-0, Paige Buroke 2-0-5, Sami Fruchey 0-1-1, Kearstin Barry 0-0-0, Taylor Monday 0-0-0, Andie Schmutz 0-4-4, Nicole Monday 0-0-0, Abbie Parkins 0-2-2, Bailey Richard 9-0-18, Haley Baker 0-0-0. Totals 15-8-8/13-62.
Score By Quarters:
Jefferson 13 6 6 14 – 39
Bluffton 24 14 14 10 – 62
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Pimpas, Goergens; Bluffton, Schriner 4, Hunt 3, Buroker.
Taylor Stroh 2-5-10, Mackenzie Hammons 1-0-2, Kelsey Berelsman 0-0-0, Lindsey Jettinghoff 2-0-4, Tori Black 1-0-2, Jessica Pimpas 5-1-11, Regan Nagel 0-0-0, Bailey Gorman 3-0-6. Totals 13-1-6/9-35.
Lauren Parkins 1-4-6, Haley Baker 0-0-0, Sami Fruchey 0-0-0, Kearstin Barry 1-0-2, Sidney Joseph 2-0-4, Taylor Monday 5-1-11, Ceandra Thurmond 2-1-5, Andie Schmutz 1-0-2, Nicole Monday 0-0-0, Annie Parkins 3-2-10. Totals 13-2-8/17-40.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 4 7 6 18 - 35
Bluffton 2 17 12 9 - 40
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Stroh; Bluffton, A. Parkins 2.