|Cavaliers down slumping Lady Jays|
|Monday, January 20, 2014 9:18 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
COLDWATER — It’s never been about effort for the St. John’s girls basketballers this 2013-14 campaign as they have struggled to a 4-10 record coming into Monday night’s Midwest Athletic Conference clash at The Palace of Coldwater High School.
It’s been about confidence, especially at the offensive end, and that trend continued in a 55-39 loss.
The game was postponed from Jan. 2 due to weather.
“We just aren’t where we need to be with our confidence on the offensive end. We’ve been working at it and striving for it but it’s not quite there yet,” Jays mentor Dan J. Grothouse explained. “We have glimpses of where it starts to come together and then we have those killer droughts. Like tonight, we’d have a drought and they’d build a lead; we’d come back and then have another drought. It’s a lack of consistency.”
The Cavaliers (10-4, 4-1) scored the first 10 points of the contest, using its 2-2-1 denial and trapping pressure in the full-court and a half-court man, with Lauren Leugers (11 points, 9 boards before fouling out) scoring six of those points. The Jays (4-11, 2-3 MAC) finally broke on the board with a free toss by sophomore Sydney Fischbach (11 counters, 12 boards) at 3:17. The only thing that went right for the Jays in the opener was they got the Cavaliers in foul trouble, getting into the 1-and-1 with 18.6 ticks left on the clock. After the hosts grabbed a 16-2 edge on a basket by Sarah Kanney (14 counters, 7 steals, 4 boards), the Jays received two singles by sophomore Rachel Pohlman at 18.6 ticks and a buzzer-beating putback by freshman Jessica Geise (13 markers, 8 caroms) to get within 16-6.
The Jays didn’t take advantage of their free throws, hitting 4-of-9 in the first period (9-of-22 overall for 40.9 percent).
The Blue and Gold continued to get Coldwater in deeper foul trouble in period two (15 fouls by halftime), with two players picking up their third fouls and three their second. However, they hit only 4-of-10 freebies in the span. The Cavaliers still managed to soar out to a 27-11 edge on a 3-pointer by Erica Sudhoff at the 2-minute mark before St. John’s closed with a 7-2 rush, including back-to-back layins by Fischbach at 1:24 and 1:00, to be within 27-18 before Karla Borgerding’s two free shots at 48.3 ticks made it 29-18.
Once more, as in the first period, the Jays came out of the gate with a 2:10 drought, allowing the Orange and Black to get a 35-18 edge on two Kanney foul shots at the 6-minute mark. The Cavaliers also shored up their defense without fouling. Coldwater’s biggest lead was 17 points — the latter at 41-24 on 1-of-2 free throws by Hannah Bruns (6 rebounds) at 2:25. The Jays finished off the third with a 4-0 mini-spurt in the last 1:25: a Geise 8-footer and a Fischbach drive at 56.3 ticks; to get within 41-28.
See period three for what happened in the fourth: an opening scoring drought of 4:34. That allowed Coldwater to erect a 49-28 edge — again using its full-court pressure — on a free throw by Leugers. Geise scored five markers and senior Brooke Zuber four down the stretch to close the contest for the guests.
“We’ve had great effort all season; we’ve competed hard all year, especially the last several games,” Grothouse added. “The sad part is we have nothing to show for it. We do some good things but we can’t sustain them, then when we miss a shot, have a turnover or miss a rebound, it all seems to snowball. It remains a work in progress.”
St. John’s finished shooting 15-of-43 from the field (missing all 7 3-pointers) for 34.9 percent; staying even on the glass against the bigger Cavaliers, losing the battle 35-31 (12-14 offensively); and adding 22 miscues and 17 fouls.
Coldwater notched 20-of-44 shooting (2-of-6 3-balls) for 45.5 percent; 13-of-23 at the stripe (56.5%); and with 20 miscues and 21 fouls. Joelle Hemmelgarn dished five assists, while 6-2 Denise Schwieterman added six boards.
In junior varsity action, the Cavaliers improved to 11-3 (4-1 MAC) with a 32-26 win.
Morgan Grunden was high scorer with 12.
For the Jays (9-6, 2-3), Emilee Grothouse and Samantha Wehri each tallied eight.
St. John’s hosts St. Henry Thursday.
ST. JOHN’S (39)
Tara Vorst 0-0-0, Rebekah Fischer 0-0-0, Emilie Fischbach 0-0-0, Brooke Zuber 2-0-4, Madilynn Schulte 0-1-1, Rachel Pohlman 0-3-3, Erica Saine 0-0-0, Amanda Boberg 1-0-2, Halie Benavidez 0-2-2, Jessica Geise 6-1-13, Lexie Hays 1-1-3, Sydney Fischbach 5-1-11. Totals 15-0-9/22-39.
Kiersten Siefring 0-0-0, Joelle Hemmelgarn 0-0-0, Ali Dues 0-0-0, Erica Sudhoff 1-2-5, Hannah Bruns 5-3-13, Leah Homan 1-0-3, Megan Klosterman 0-0-0, Bridget Dues 1-0-2, Sarah Kanney 5-4-14, Karla Borgerding 0-3-3, Lauren Leugers 5-1-11, Denise Schwieterman 2-0-4. Totals 18-2-13/23-55.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 6 12 10 11 - 39
Coldwater 16 13 12 14 - 55
Three-point goals: St. John’s, none; Coldwater, Homan, Sudhoff.
ST. JOHN’S (26)
Brooke Richardson 0-1-1, Emilie Grothouse 3-0-8, Maddie Jettinghoff 0-0-0, Maddie Pohlman 1-0-2, Sam Kramer 0-2-2, Samantha Wehri 3-2-8, Colleen Schulte 2-0-5. Totals 6-3-5/9-26.
Carlie Alig 1-0-2, Kirsten Homan 0-0-0, Mariah Bruns 0-0-0, Megan Frilling 0-0-0, Danielle Welsch 1-2-4, Morgan Grunden 3-3-12, Maddie Schoenherr 3-1-7, Brooke Klosterman 1-0-2, Josie Luthman 2-1-5. Totals 8-3-7/12-32.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 0 10 13 3 - 26
Coldwater 3 8 17 4 - 32
Three-point goals: St. John’s, Grothouse 2, Schulte; Coldwater, Grunden 3.