|Lady ’Cats surge past Cardinals|
|Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:24 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
NEW BREMEN — Jefferson’s girls basketballers fell behind 17-6 early in the second period, causing long-time head coach Dave Hoffman to call his first timeout at 5:39.
Whatever he told his Lady Wildcats worked wonders as they roared back, took the lead for good midway through the third period and held off the Lady Cardinals 46-38 in non-league action Tuesday at Cardinal Gymnasium.
The game had been scheduled for Dec. 14.
“We weren’t playing very good defense to that point. We started off in denial press and that didn’t work, plus we weren’t taking away dribble penetration or keeping them from getting the ball inside,” Hoffman explained. “We also weren’t rebounding very well. We went to pressure where we kept them in front of us and that helped; we did a better job of keeping them out of the paint, plus we rebounded a lot better. We started to force some turnovers and that helped us offensively.”
Both teams struggled to find the range in the first period: Jefferson (6-7) canning 3-of-17 and the Cardinals (7-6) 4-of-11; as both varied their defensive looks. The Wildcats scored the first four points — baskets by senior Rileigh Stockwell and junior Brooke Culp (15 markers, 4 boards, 3 steals) — before they went on a 5:40 scoreless string. The Cardinals slowly built up a 10-4 lead and when Debbie Paul (10 boards) hit the 1st-of-2 singles at the 4.5-second mark, their lead was 11-6.
New Bremen dropped in the first six points of the second period before Hoffman called a halt at 5:39. Back came the Lady ’Cats. Culp drive for a deuce at 5:23, senior Katie Goergens (14 markers, 4 boards) a jumper and Culp a hoop-and-harm to get them within 17-13. They continued to rally and when senior Gabby Pimpas hit two freebies with 1.7 ticks to go, the Red and White visitors were within 21-19.
Janelle Elking (10 counters) scored the opening basket of the third canto for the hosts at 7:10 but senior Jasmine McDougall countered. Pimpas followed with a basket and a foul shot; Culp grabbed the miss and made two free throws. Melissa Thieman dropped a deuce to tie the game at 25, the last tie of the night. Pimpas (9 points, 4 boards) gave the visitors the lead for good at the 4-minute mark — in the midst of forcing three straight Cardinals’ errors (7 in the quarter, 22 for the night) — Culp a 3-ball at 3:20. Goergens hit a basket (1:57) and a 3-ball from the right wing at 53 ticks (around two Thieman singles at 1:14) to lift the Wildcats to a 35-27 spread.
McDougall gave the Wildcats a 10-point lead — 37-27 — on an drive to the glass at 6:59, forcing New Bremen coach Chris Burden to call time. The Wildcats would not get off another shot the rest of the game, turning the ball over five times against New Bremen pressure as the hosts got within 37-34 on two Elking free shots at 2:20. New Bremen was forced to foul and the visitors netted 9-of-16 charity throws in the final 2:04 (16-of-25 for the night for 64%), with Culp hitting 3-of-4 and Goergens and Pimpas 3-of-6 each.
It was the second game Jefferson seniors Hannah Sensibaugh and Makayla Binkley were back from off-season knee surgeries.
“We haven’t been pressing teams like normal because we didn’t have the depth to do it consistently. Getting those two back has helped our depth and we applied more full-court pressure,” Hoffman added. “New Bremen handled our pressure pretty well but as we altered our defenses — we played three or four until we found one that worked, a triangle-and-2 — we did better at forcing mistakes.”
Delphos finished shooting 14-of-41 from the field, 2-of-14 long range, for 34.1 percent; with 27 boards (8 offensive); 15 turnovers; and 13 fouls.
New Bremen was a cold 14-of-47 shooting, 1-of-10 from deep, for 29.8 percent; 9-of-14 at the line (64.3%); with 38 off the glass (15 offensive) as Thieman added seven; and 23 fouls.
“We missed a lot of easy scoring chances, especially early. We had too many empty possessions, especially with turnovers,” Burden added. “We got a little careless with the ball and our young guards are still learning about varsity basketball.”
The Wildcats host LCC Thursday, while New Bremen visits USV Saturday.
In the 2-quarter junior varsity segment, Jefferson won 16-8.
Sophomore Bailey Gorman led the Wildcats with six.
Paul led the Cardinals with four.
Heather Pohlman 0-0-0, Brooke Culp 4-6-15, Lindsay Deuel 0-2-2, Katie Goergens 5-3-14, Rileigh Stockwell 1-0-2, Hannah Sensibaugh 0-0-0, Gabby Pimpas 2-5-9, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0, Makayla Binkley 0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 2-0-4. Totals 12-2-16/25-46.
NEW BREMEN (38)
Ali Howell 0-0-0, Alyse Clune 1-0-2, Karli Jones 1-0-2, Rosie Westerbeck 5-4-15, Janelle Elking 4-2-10, Melissa Thieman 1-2-4, Debbie Paul 2-1-5, Kim Brown 0-0-0. Totals 13-1-9/14-38.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 6 13 16 11 – 46
New Bremen 11 10 6 11 – 38
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Goergens, Culp; New Bremen, Westerbeck.
Taylor Stroh 0-0-0, Kiya Wollenhaupt 0-0-0, Mackenzie Hammons 0-0-0, Kelsey Berelsman 2-0-4, Lindsey Jettinghoff 0-0-0, Tori Black 0-2-2, Jessica Pimpas 2-0-4, Regan Nagel 0-0-0, Bailey Gorman 2-2-6. Totals 6-0-4/4-16.
NEW BREMEN (8)
Ali Howell 1-0-2, Sara Steineman 1-0-2, Debbie Paul 2-0-4, Brianna Arling 0-0-0, Amanda Brown 0-0-0, Jenna Broerman 0-0-0. Totals 4-0-0/4-8.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 8 8 - 16
New Bremen 4 4 - 8
Three-point goals: Jefferson, none; New Bremen, none.