|LadyCats pound Pirates in PCL win|
|Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:25 PM|
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
CONTINENTAL — Rebounding has been a speciality of such for the Kalida Lady Wildcats in 2013-14; they came into their contest with the Continental Lady Pirates as one of the leading rebounding teams in the Putnam County League.
On Thursday evening at Continental’s Pirates’ Cove, they again displayed their specialty in gaining a 53-44 victory over the Pirates.
The LadyCats (8-13, 3-4 PCL) dominated the glass 45-17, including 23-8 on the offensive side. Kylie Osterhage and Allison Recker both grabbed a dozen off the glass.
Recker finished with a double-double in hitting 16 points, 10 of those coming in the second half. Osterhage collected nine, while Elizabeth Turnwald contributed eight.
Paige Ordway led all scorers for Continental with 17, while Erika Fitzwater drained three from long range and a total of 11 points in the effort.
Continental was trying to rebound from a lackluster effort against Ayersville, a game where the Pirates hit just eight baskets from the field. They were able to nearly duplicate that effort in the first quarter, hitting on 7-of-11 attempts and taking a 15-11 lead after the first stop.
However, the Wildcats responded by outscoring their PCL foe 18-9 in the second frame thanks in most part to a 14-1 run and a 9-0 spurt on the part of Osterhage.
Kalida was able to win the battle of the boards as the guests controlled the offensive boards for the better part of the contest, including multiple stick-back opportunities by Osterhage and Recker.
“She (Recker) knows when to seek out when the shot goes up and to get to the weak side; they had to pick up their pressure and figure out who to box out. We were just able to keep getting the ball and were able to finish,” Kalida coach Adam Huber noted.
The guests took a 19-18 lead with 4:23 to go before the break as Osterhage drained a 3-pointer and followed it up by draining two from the foul line to extend the Kalida advantage. Recker used one of many stickback opportunities for the the ‘Cats to give the visitors a 25-18 lead with just over two minutes to go before the break.
“We took advantage of Ordway being on the bench and were able to pick up our pressure. I was real proud that when they made their run, that we didn’t wilt; their crowd was into it because it was their Senior Night but we were able to come down and make plays and get the lead back and extend the lead instead of just letting them hang around,” Huber stated.
Kalida continued their dominance at the low post, scoring four out of five baskets from the field on second or third chances with Turnwald getting her own rebound and draining a low-post shot to give the Wildcats a 40-30 advantage with 10seconds left in the third.
However, the Pirates were not going away quietly; Fitzwater knocked down a triple at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 40-33.
The hosts used that momentum to come all the way back and tie the game at 40-40 as Fitzwater nailed another three moments later after Ordway and Sloane Zachrich delivered buckets in between the Fitzwater triples.
Nevertheless, the guests came firing back, again using second-chance offensive tries to regain the lead. Recker and Turnwald continued their rebounding assault to lead a 8-0 run and extend the Kalida lead to 48-40 with 2:25 left to go.
Brittany Kahle provided the finishing touches by going 3-of-5 from the line in the final 30 seconds to help seal up the 9-point win.
Continental falls to 10-11 (3-4 PCL).
“It is huge , I was running back through our schedule, we had a three game losing streak and we just needed to get some feel goods going into the tournament; we are going to play a physical Jefferson team; hopefully this is going to get us prepared for them.” Huber commented.
Kalida commences Division IV sectional play at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday at Van Wert versus Jefferson.
2-pt. 3-pt. FTs Pts.
Jackie Gardner 2-0-2-6, Nicole Recker 2-0-2-6, Brittany Kahle 1-0-3-5, Joni Kaufman 0-1-0-3, Kylie Osterhage 2-1-2-9, Elizabeth Turnwald 4-0-0-8, Allison Recker 8-0-0-16. Totals 19/38-2/13-9/15-53.
2-pt. 3-pt. FTs Pts.
Erika Fitzwater 4-0-11, Scott 0-5-5, Sloane Zachrich 3-1-7, Paige Ordway 8-0-17, Kindelin 2-0-4. Totals 13/34-4/14-6/10-44
Scoring by Quarters:
Kalida 11 18 11 13 - 53
Continental 15 9 9 11 - 44
JV Score: Kalida, 39-22.