|LadyCats knock off foul-plagued Jefferson|
|Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:32 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
KALIDA — Kalida’s girls basketball team took advantage of a foul-plagued Jefferson squad Saturday afternoon to the tune of 54-40 in non-league action at the Wildcat Den in Kalida.
The host LadyCats (3-2) fouled out senior Katie Goergens (5 markers) and 6-1 junior sub Shelby Koenig (7 boards) in hitting 22-of-39 from the line (56.4%). They were led by the duo of sophomores Kylie Osterhage (25 markers, 9 boards) and Brittany Kahle (12 counters, 4 boards, 3 assists).
The visiting Lady Jeffcats (2-3), already without injured senior starters Hannah Sensibaugh and Makayla Binkley from the start of the season, were called for 27 fouls to Kalida’s 19 and also shot 25.5 percent from the floor (13-of-51, including 2-of-14 from deep). Junior Brooke Culp led with 11 markers (7 boards, 3 steals) and senior Rileigh Stockwell added 10 (6 rebounds, 3 steals).
“We put them on the line way too much. We did not play well defensively, which is a concern for us; we depend a lot on our defense,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman said. “Katie is one of our leading scorers and even with her, we’ve struggled to score this year.”
For Kalida coach Adam Huber, it was tough to get on a roll.
“It was tough playing defense today for both teams. We didn’t adjust to how the game was being called today, especially early,” he explained. “We got to the line a lot but we didn’t shoot the free throws well enough; we could have built a bigger lead if we’d done do.”
The visitors got in foul trouble from the start, with Goergens picking up her second and third fouls at 2:49 and 2:15, respectively. The hosts — utilizing full-court pressure to try and up the tempo — didn’t commit as many fouls in the first but did force eight miscues. With Delphos only hitting 1-of-8 from the floor versus 4-of-12 for the LadyCats, Kalida took the lead for good at 6-4 on a back-door layin from Osterhage, fed by Kahle, at 3:41. The Maroon and White netted the last 10 markers of the canto, capped by two freebies from junior Nicole Recker at 4.4 seconds, for a 14-4 spread.
The foul troubles deepened for both units in the second stanza but especially for the Jeffcats and Goergens, who was whistled for her fourth foul late in the half. The hosts could only down 8-of-16 singles in the span, while Jefferson was 7-of-9 (12-of-19 for the afternoon for 63.2%). Kalida’s lead never fell below six — 17-11 on a trey by Jefferson senior Gabby Pimpas — and was as high as 24-11 (two free throws by junior Makenna Vorst) before two tosses by Jefferson senior Lindsay Deuel with 11.7 ticks showing accounted for a 26-19 halftime scoreboard.
Despite Goergens fouling out at 4:36 of the third period and Koenig picking up her fourth at 3:45, the Lady Jeffcats stayed around. Thanks to seven offensive rebounds in the canto (13 for the game versus 12 for the hosts), they managed 5-of-17 from the field to 3-of-10 for Kalida. When Culp drove baseline with 26 seconds showing, the Red and White was within 38-32.
Delphos moved within 40-36 on a Stockwell basket with 5:20 remaining but could get no closer. An 8-0 spurt — four points each from Osterhage and Kahle — allowed the LadyCats to build a 48-36 edge on a deuce by Kahle with three minutes left. Senior Jasmine McDougall (6 caroms) scored a pair of buckets for the visitors but it was far too little, too late.
Jefferson totaled 32 rebounds and 18 errors.
“It wasn’t just defense that struggled today; we had another poor shooting game,” Hoffman added. “We were tentative against their pressure; we weren’t aggressive and weren’t taking the ball to the basket until it was too late. We’ve got a lot of things to work on and shore up.”
Kalida ended up 15-of-37 shooting, 2-of-4 long range, for 40.5 percent; with 44 rebounds with Nicole Recker seizing 10; and 21 errors.
“We have a nice 1-2 punch with Kylie inside and Brittany outside,” Huber added. “This was Brittany’s second game back after an injury and she really helps us in the ball-handling. We want Kylie to shoot more because you see what she is capable of doing inside and out.”
Kalida eked out a 20-19 win in the junior varsity contest.
Freshman Brooke Kimball and sophomore Allison Recker led the victors with four points each. Freshman Kelsey Berelsman was tops for the Jeffcats with nine.
Kalida visits Pandora-Gilboa 6 p.m. (JV start) Tuesday, while Jefferson hosts Columbus Grove Thursday.
Taylor Stroh 0-0-0, Heather Pohlman 1-2-4, Brooke Culp 4-3-11, Lindsay Deuel 0-2-2, Katie Goergens 1-2-5, Rileigh Stockwell 4-2-10, Gabby Pimpas 1-0-3, Shelby Koenig 0-1-1, Jasmine McDougall 2-0-4. Totals 11-2-12/19-40.
Nicole Recker 2-4-8, Makenna Vorst 0-2-2, Brittany Kahle 5-1-12, Nicole Reindel 0-0-0, Kennedy Hoffman 0-1-1, Joni Kaufman 0-2-2, Kylie Osterhage 6-12-25, Elizabeth Turnwald 1-0-2, Allison Recker 1-0-2. Totals 13-2-22/39-54.
Score By Quarters:
Jefferson 4 15 13 8 – 40
Kalida 14 12 12 16 – 54
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Goergens, Pimpas; Kalida, Kahle, Osterhage.
Taylor Stroh 0-1-1, Mackenzie Hammons 1-0-2, Kelsey Berelsman 3-3-9, Lindsey Jettinghoff 0-0-0, Tori Black 0-0-0, Jessica Pimpas 0-0-0, Bailey Gorman 3-1-7. Totals 7-0-5/15-19.
Brooke Kimball 1-2-4, Morgan Knapke 1-0-3, Hannah Kahle 0-2-2, Joni Kaufman 1-0-3, Katelyn Siebeneck 0-2-2, Allison Recker 2-0-4, Laine Laudick 0-0-0, Cathy Basinger 1-0-2. Totals 4-2-6/17-20.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 0 10 5 4 - 19
Kalida 3 7 6 4 - 20
Three-point goals: Jefferson, none; Kalida, Knapke, Kaufman.