|Jefferson seniors go out on winning note|
|Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:28 PM|
DELPHOS — It was Senior Night at Jefferson High School Thursday night as the Lady Wildcats hosted the Allen East Lady Mustangs in Northwest Conference action.
Seven seniors, including Lindsay Deuel, Rileigh Stockwell, Hannah Sensibaugh, Gabby Pimpas, Makayla Binkley, Jasmine McDougall and Katie Goergens were honored before the game.
Appropriately for a perfect ending as the seniors played their final game before the home crowd, a pair of seniors lead the Wildcats to a 51-48 victory: Katie Goergens scored 24 points, including six triples, and Rileigh Stockwell added 20.
“This group of seven seniors is our last link to our 2011 state semifinalist team,” explained coach Dave Hoffman. “This senior class has carried us for the last two years and will be missed at Jefferson. Two of our girls, Binkley and Sensibaugh, worked extra hard in the offseason to make it back for their senior season after severe A.C.L. injuries.”
After a cold shooting night from the floor in the first three quarters of the game in making only 8-of-40 shots, the Lady Wildcats made the buckets in the fourth when the game was on the line, outscoring Allen East 22-15 in the final eight of the game on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.
The home team trailed the Mustangs 35-29 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. Goergens hit a runner in the lane to cut the lead to four and the Delphos defense forced an Allen East turnover. Stockwell took advantage of the mistake and laid in a bucket under the basket. Allen East pushed ahead on a fast break as Kaycee Rowe found Kyra Plaugher under the bucket for a 5-point lead. As was the case all night, when the Mustangs got a lead of five points, they couldn’t put the game away as Jefferson kept fighting back. This time, Goergens hit a trey from the top of the key for a 1-point lead with 3:35 remaining in the contest. After another Mustang turnover, McDougall banked in a runner and Jefferson led 40-37. Goergens scored the next five points for the Lady ‘Cats on a pair of free throws and a triple. Allen East battled back within two points as Lindsi Woods popped a clutch triple and Carly Clum added a layup.
Stockwell then took over as she too scored the next five points for the Wildcats. The biggest shot of the night came with 27 seconds left in the contest and her drive down the lane for the hoop-and-foul gave Jefferson a 50-47 lead. Both teams traded free throws, setting the stage for one final shot with the Wildcats holding a 3-point lead. Allen East dribbled the length of the floor with only eight seconds remaining and called timeout before getting off a 3-point shot attempt. After timeouts by both teams, the triple shot went wide of the bucket and the seniors went out as winners.
“We survived a rough third quarter, scoring only four points, to win the game,” commented Hoffman. “Rebounds were the key to the game as we held Allen East to only one look and we hit big shots in the fourth when we needed to.
Also, our defense gets lots of credit tonight, holding Kaycee Rowe in check for most of the game.”
The game started slowly for the Lady ‘Cats as they didn’t score until the 3:40 mark in the first quarter with a steal by Stockwell and layin at the other end. Jefferson trailed only by two, 11-9, at the end of the first.
The shooting for both teams didn’t improve but Jefferson outscored the Mustangs by five for a 25-22 lead at halftime. Both Stockwell and Goergens had 11 points each, scoring all but three of Jefferson’s first-half points.
For the game, Allen East made 16-of-41 attempts from the field for 39 percent.
Jefferson also made 16 shots but attempted 13 more for a shooting percentage of 29.
Free throws weren’t much better with Allen East converting 12-of-20 and Jefferson making 9-of-21.
Allen East came into the game with only one conference loss and falls to 13-6 on the season.
Jefferson (11-11) will take on Kalida on Wednesday night at the Van Wert sectionals.
In JV action, the Jefferson girls defeated Allen East 30-13.
ALLEN EAST (48)
Kaycee Rowe 5-8-18, Carly Clum 4-2-10, Lindsi Woods 2-0-6, Aubri Woods 2-2-6, Kyra Plaugher 1-0-2, Erin Conkle 3-0-6. Totals 15-2-12/20-48.
Brooke Culp 0-2-2, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0, Katie Goergens 8-2-24, Rileigh Stockwell 8-4-20, Hannah Sensibaugh 0-0-0, Gabby Pimpas 0-0-0, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0, Makayla Binkley 0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 1-0-2. Totals 11-2-12/19-40.
Score By Quarters:
Allen East 11 11 11 15 - 48
Jefferson 9 16 4 22 - 51
Three-point goals: Allen East, L. Woods; Jefferson, Goergens 6.
ALLEN EAST (13)
Brandi Crist 0-0-0, Kaitlyn McKeever 3-0-6, Abby Burley 1-0-3, Sarah Allen 0-1-1, Alyssa Young 0-3-3. Totals 4-4/6-13.
Taylor Stroh 3-0-6, Kenzie Hammons 3-2-8, Kelsey Berelsman 0-1-1, Lindsey Jettinghoff 1-0-2, Tori Black 2-0-4, Jessica Pimpas 1-1-3, Bailey Gorman 1-1-3, Shelby Koenig 1-1-3. Totals 12-6/13-30.
Score By Quarters:
Allen East 5-1-3-4 - 13
Jefferson 9-10-11-0 - 30
Three-point goals: Allen East, Burley; Jefferson, none.