|Lancers hold off Lady Jays|
|Sunday, February 02, 2014 9:07 PM|
RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Once the Lincolnview girls cagers grabbed the lead with 2:14 left in the first period, they held on to it for dear life and knocked off St. John’s 46-41 in non-league action Saturday afternoon at The Lancerdome.
The game was postponed from Tuesday due to weather.
Leading the way for the host Lady Lancers (7-11) were sophomore Ashton Bowersock with 12 and nine each from senior Christine Stemen, junior Julia Thatcher and junior Hannah McCleery.
The Lady Blue Jays (5-13) received a varsity career-high 20 markers and 10 boards (her first varsity double-double) from freshman Jessica Geise and five from sophomore Sydney Fischbach.
The Jays simply couldn’t find the shooting range enough this afternoon, shooting 12-of-39 from the floor (0-of-12 long range) for 30.8 percent and added 17-of-27 from the line (63.0%).
“I believe we’re getting good shots; right now, we can’t get them to fall. I don’t know if it’s a lack of confidence when we shoot but we continue to struggle there,” Jays mentor Dan J. Grothouse noted. “Jessica had a great game and they gave plenty of attention to Sydney. Right now, we need someone to consistently sink perimeter shots to open it up inside and it’s not happening. We didn’t take advantage of our free throws enough, especially when we were coming from behind.”
Lincolnview head man Dan Williamson felt his team’s quickness would get the job done.
“We had scouted them and from films, we saw they were primarily a man defense. We felt we could beat them off the dribble and get to the basket or to the line,” Williamson affirmed. “We were in the bonus early in the second period and we hit the free throws early to help us build a lead. We had a couple of moments where their pressure defense caused us problems — which they are known for — but that didn’t happen too much. We’re excited to beat a team like St. John’s, especially with the draw Sunday; we’ll see where that helps us in the seeding.”
The Lancers were better from the field – 12-of-31 shots (1-of-3 3-balls) for 38.7 percent, adding 21-of-34 free throws (61.8%).
There were four lead changes in the first period as the pace was slow, partly due to the Lancer offense attacking the rim and getting to the line. They hit 6-of-8 from there in the opener as the Jays struggled to contain the likes of Stemen and Thatcher. The Jays’ last lead was 7-5 as sophomore Lexie Hays hit the second-of-2 free throws at 4:30. Thatcher, who was 7-of-9 at the line overall, hit two freebies at 4:10 to tie the game and Bowersock — six points in the period — gave the hosts the lead for good at 9-7 off a lob from Stemen at 2:14. McCleery hit a 3-point play at 1:24, followed by a reverse layin off a putback by Blue Jay sophomore Rachel Pohlman at 30 seconds. Bowersock hit a short jumper at 4.1 ticks to make the Lancer lead 14-9.
The Lancers were in the 1-on-1 just 29 ticks into the second period and the double-bonus at 5:48. Despite McCleery (5 boards) missing the final 7:53 with her second foul, the hosts took advantage of the Jays’ foul woes by hitting 8-of-12 at the line in the canto. Their biggest lead was 23-11 on a Thatcher drive at 4:15 before the Jays cobbled a rally together — an 8-2 spurt in a 2:27 span, capped by a putback by Geise (5 points in the period) at 35 seconds — to close within 25-19. Stemen hit the second-of-2 tosses at 3.5 ticks to make it 26-19 at the half.
The Blue Jays kept on coming in the third period, starting to contain the Lancer dribble penetration and feeding the ball inside with more success. They were within one point twice — at 28-27 (at 2:57 on a Fischbach single) and 30-29 (1:51 on two Fischbach freebies) before the Lancers regained the momentum in the last 1:04: Stemen hit the only trey of the night (from the left corner) at 1:04 and McCleery a duck-under at 2.1 ticks for a 35-29 advantage after three quarters.
With the Jays suffering through another drought that has befuddled them all season — a total of 4:45 before Geise hit two from charity with 5:06 left to play — the Lancers took advantage by building a 10-point lead of 39-29 on two Bowersock (5 rebounds) free throws at 6:29. The Lancers then hit their own drought — 4:40; that allowed the Jays — behind Geise dropping seven straight points — to rally within 39-37 on a Fischbach turnaround from the block at 2:20. Despite Katlyn Wendel (5 boards) and McCleery (4:04 and 41.8, respectively) fouling out for the Lancers, the hosts held on. Thatcher hit two singles but senior Emilie Fischbach got the Jays within 41-38 on a free throw at 1:39. However, the Lancers notched 4-of-6 free tosses in the final 41.8 ticks — with junior Claire Clay adding a transition layup off a lob at 1:30 — and the Jays could only manage an Emilie Fischbach toss and baseline jumper by senior Brooke Zuber at 13 seconds.
“We did not contain their dribble penetration the first half. Their quickness bothered us and we did too much reaching and grabbing and put them on the line,” Grothouse added. “We did better the second half and we got the ball inside more. The frustrating thing is I cannot fault the effort these girls continue to give each game; the effort is tremendous. We just can’t reward ourselves by making shots; we’d have a turnover or we had them boxed out and they just took the ball from us. We also aren’t getting any bounces.”
Williamson gave credit to his smaller team for matching the Jays.
“I felt the biggest key was for us to match their physicality, especially on the boards. We were giving away a lot of size but we did a great job rebounding and not giving them second and third shots,” he added. “In particular, Julia did a great job on (Sydney) Fischbach, despite giving away five inches. Ashton had perhaps her best game today and Christine hit a big three late in the third to steady us. This was a great team win for us.”
The Jays finished with 27 boards, 10 offensive, as Sydney Fischbach added five; nine miscues; and 27 fouls.
Lincolnview ended up with 29 caroms (8 offensive); 14 turnovers; and 22 fouls.
The Jays won the 2-quarter junior varsity matchup 15-10.
Emilee Grothouse scored seven, Colleen Schulte six and Samantha Wehri two for the Jays’ counters.
Wendel and Grace Gorman netted three each for the Lancers and Stephanie Longwell and Kerstin Roberts two eac.
Both teams return to the court today: St. John’s at Paulding and Lincolnview at Fort Jennings.
ST. JOHN’S (41)
Tara Vorst 0-0-0, Rebekah Fischer 1-0-2, Emilie Fischbach 0-2-2, Brooke Zuber 1-1-3, Madilynn Schulte 0-0-0, Rachel Pohlman 1-2-4, Erica Saine 1-0-2, Amanda Boberg 0-0-0, Halie Benavidez 0-0-0, Jessica Geise 6-8-20, Lexie Hays 1-1-3, Sydney Fischbach 1-3-5. Totals 12-0-17/27-41.
Ashton Bowersock 4-4-12, Claire Clay 2-0-4, Katlyn Wendel 0-0-0, Julia Thatcher 1-7-9, Hannah McCleery 4-1-9, Christine Stemen 1-6-9, Grace Gorman 0-3-3. Totals 11-1-21/34-46.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 9 10 10 12 - 41
Lincolnview 14 12 9 11 - 46
Three-point goals: St. John’s, none, Lincolnview, Stemen.
ST. JOHN’S (15)
Brooke Richardson 0-0-0, Emilie Grothouse 3-0-7, Maddy Jettinghoff 0-0-0, Maddie Pohlman 0-0-0, Lauren Ladd 0-0-0, Sam Kramer 0-0-0, Samantha Wehri 1-0-2, Colleen Schulte 2-1-6. Totals 4-2-1-15.
Stephanie Longwell 1-0-2, Katlyn Wendel 1-1-3, Kerstin Roberts 1-0-2, Grace Gorman 1-1-3, McKenzie Davis 0-0-0. Totals 4-0-2-10.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 6 9 - 15
Lincolnview 6 4 - 10
Three-point goals: St. John’s, Grothouse, Schulte; Lincolnview, none.