|Tribe edges Lady Jays in defensive contest|
|Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:50 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Shawnee’s girls basketball team battled by St. John’s 46-40 in a girls non-league basketball defensive tussle Monday night at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.
Leading the host Lady Blue Jays (3-3) were sophomore Lexie Hays with nine and senior Erica Saine and sophomore Sydney Fischbach (7 boards) with seven each. However, the Blue and Gold committed 33 turnovers.
“Shawnee made us do things faster than we wanted. We’d either put the ball on the floor too quickly when we needed to take our time or we shot too quickly or tried to pass too quickly,” St. John’s coach Dan J. Grothouse explained. “We did not do a good job handling their pressure as a team; there were times we had two people in the same spot, for example. We are still struggling with handling the ball with confidence.”
On behalf of the Lady Tribe (3-4), Rachel Evans topped the scoring column with 12 and Maryssa Herschler (9 caroms) added nine. The Indians turned it over 25 times.
Shawnee’s pressure was just what first-year coach Paul Moss wanted.
“We want an up-tempo, full-court game. We need our defense to force tempo, get turnovers and get our offense going,” Moss added. “We’re a team changing to more of a transition game and the girls have worked hard to make that move. St. John’s didn’t make it easy on us, either. This was a rugged game and we did enough.”
The Jays never led throughout the low-scoring affair.
Both struggled offensively from the first quarter on: the Indians in their shooting (4-of-12 in the canto; 15-of-44 for the contest, 5-of-18 downtown, for 34.1%) and the Jays in their ball-handling (9 errors). They could only manage seven shots on-goal (hitting 3); 12-of-33 overall, 2-of-8 from deep, for 36.7%). When Claire Dahlke (3 steals) dropped a 3-ball from the right corner with 20 ticks on the clock, Shawnee led 11-6.
There were two ties during the game, both in the second stanza — at 13-13 and 15-15, the last on an inside basket by Fischbach at 1:01. A trey by Kaitlyn Gronas (6 thefts) from the left side with 15 ticks to go made it an 18-15 halftime bulge.
The Tribe’s full-court trapping pressure continued to take its toll on the Jays, forcing 10 more turnovers. Though they gave it back six times, they also mined the offensive glass for 10 more tries (15 for the game). Thus, they had 19 shots from the field and downed six in outscoring the Jays 16-14. Their lead was as high as 34-24 on a deuce by Dahlke at 2:35 before the Jays put together a late 5-0 spurt, closed by a triple from the key from Saine with 16 ticks on the clock for a 34-29 scoreboard.
The Jays moved within 36-33 on a basket by senior Brooke Zuber with 6:20 to go but no closer. Shawnee could not deliver a real knockout blow but the Jays could not heat up enough to grab the lead, with Shawnee’s biggest lead from then on of eight. They hit 6-of-8 singles in the fourth (11-of-23 overall for 47.8%) and the Jays could only hit 2-of-8 shots.
“Defensively, we did the same to them that they did to us as far as making things difficult offensively,” Grothouse added. “There was only a brief spurt where we let them get away from us but that was enough. Where we hurt ourselves was not checking out on the defensive boards; we didn’t put body on body and gave up way too many extra chances.”
In sum, Shawnee grabbed 33 rebounds as Danyelle Hughes added eight; and totaled 17 fouls.
St. John’s finished 14-of-18 freebies (77.8%), secured 28 boards (6 offensive) as Hays added five; and 18 fouls.
The Blue Jays’ junior varsity stayed perfect at 6-0 with a 28-18 victory.
Junior Emilee Grothouse led with 10 markers, while Dionna Lewis topped the Lady Tribe (2-5) with seven.
Both teams return to action Thursday: St. John’s at home versus Kalida and Shawnee entertaining WBL foe Van Wert.
Rayna MaGee 0-1-1, Kaitlyn Gronas 2-3-8, Claire Dahlke 3-0-8, Rhee MaGee 0-0-0. Isabeele Baird 0-0-0, Danyelle Hughes 0-1-1, Rachel Evans 4-2-12, Jaden marlowe 3-1-7, Maryssa Herschler 3-3-9. Totals 10-5-11/23-46.
ST. JOHN’S (40)
Tara Vorst 0-0-0, Rebekah Fischer 2-0-4, Emilie Fischbach 1-0-3, Brooke Zuber 3-0-6, Rachel Pohlman 0-1-1, Erica Saine 1-4-7, Amanda Boberg 0-0-0, Jessica Geise 0-3-3, Lexie Hays 2-5-9, Sydney Fischbach 3-1-7. Totals 10-2-14/18-40.
Score by Quarters:
Shawnee 11 7 16 12 - 46
St. John’s 6 9 14 11 - 40
Three-point goals: Shawnee, Dahlke 2, Evans 2, Gronas; St. John’s, E. Fischbach, Saine.
Alaina Ciminillo 1-0-2, Dionna Lewis 2-3-7, Tess Baird 1-0-2, Emily Jones 0-0-0, Sam Sharp 0-0-0, DeAsia Smith 1-2-4, Kinsey Heistan 1-0-3, Carly Gronas 0-0-0, Elise Hastings 0-0-0. Totals 5-1-5/12-18.
ST. JOHN’S (28)
Brooke Richardson 0-0-0, Emilie Grothouse 5-0-10, Maddy Jettinghoff 1-0-2, Lauren Ladd 0-0-0, Halie Benavidez 2-0-4, Sam Kramer 0-1-1, Samantha Wehri 2-0-4, Colleen Schulte 3-0-7. Totals 12-1-1/4-28.
Score by Quarters:
Shawnee 10 2 2 4 - 18
St. John’s 2 5 11 10 - 28
Three-point goals: Shawnee, Heistan; St. John’s, Schulte.