|Redskins, WildKittens garner D-II Districts|
|Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
SPENCERVILLE — No matter how complex an offense or defense is, the game of basketball still comes down to one thing: putting the ball in the basket.
The Elida girls couldn’t do that Saturday night versus Wapakoneta, hitting a miserable 9-of-49 from the field (2-of-13 3s) for 18.4 percent, including an 0-fer in the second period, to fall 48-24 in Division II Sectional final action at Spencerville High School.
“It doesn’t matter what kind of defense you play; if you can’t score, you aren’t going to win. We held a team like Wapak to 48 points, 23 the first half,” Elida co-coach Chrissy Billiter noted. “That’s good enough to win. The defense has never been an issue for us this year; the offense has been a struggle at times and it was tonight.”
The Lady Redskins (13-10) were topped by 12 points from Sara Warner and 10 by Karli Schneider. They used a mix of 2-3 matchup zone and man-to-man to stymie the Lady ’Dawgs.
The Lady Bulldogs (10-13) received five from junior Sabrina Kline, returning from a long injury layoff, and four by junior Abby Waddle.
Riley Culver (7 boards) scored for Wapakoneta first and Elida senior Slusher answered for the Lady ’Dawgs. When 5-2 sparkplug Maddi Stiles (7 counters, 5 assists, 4 boards) hit a 3-ball for the Redskins at the 6-minute mark, they led the rest of the way. Waddle picked up her second foul at 4:27 and sat the rest of the half and they struggled, only hitting 3-of-13 shots. They made it 7-6 on an 8-footer by junior Brett Pauff. When Warner hit the 1st-of-2 singles at 3.9 ticks, the Redskins led 10-6.
Elida was cold in the opener. They were downright Arctic in the second, missing all 11 tries from the field. They also had four of their game-total of eight errors in the span. Though the Lady ’Skins weren’t necessarily torrid — 4-of-11 (17-of-41 overall, 5-of-16 long range, for 43.9%), it was more than enough. Schneider buried a pair of big treys, the second of which from the right wing at 2:05 gave them a 23-6 halftime spread.
Elida finally broke their drought — lasting 9:58 — when Waddle scored at 7:02 of the third period but when they needed to at least chip into the deficit, they continued to find the shooting range well off — 3-of-14 in the third. That allowed Wapak to steadily add to its lead and when Schneider nailed a pair of free throws at 4.4 ticks, that lead reached 36-13.
“We had that big run and we told the girls that if we could hold Elida down like that, they could do the same to us,” Wapak coach Rusty Allen noted. “We didn’t want to let the foot off the gas; we have had a propensity to do that this year. We were comfortable in whatever defense we were using but it seemed the matchup worked better. We wanted to force them to beat us from the perimeter and did a nice job cutting off penetration, especially Waddle and (Kylie) Downton.”
Elida showed brief life in the fourth period, getting a deuce by Kline and a 3-ball by senior Lauren Nolan to climb within 36-18. However, they were 1-of-9 the rest of the game and that allowed both coaches to empty their benches and get the deeper reserves court time.
“We let the nerves get to us in the first half. We could never recover from that,” Elida co-coach Elise Jenkins added. “We didn’t get many second shots, either, which could have helped us overcome our poor shooting; we were too tentative and seemed to be waiting for someone else to make a play. Credit Wapak; I hope they represent the WBL well from here on.”
Elida, the visiting team on the scoreboard, ended up 4-of-9 on free shots (44.4%); with 31 rebounds (10 offensive) as senior Torie McAdams had 10 and Waddle, senior Carly Stetler and sophomore Bailee Kuhn four each; and 19 fouls.
Wapakoneta dropped 9-of-20 charity tries (45%); secured 43 off the glass (11 offensive) as Carly Buzzard added eight; with nine errors; and 10 fouls.
Along with Slusher, Nolan, McAdams and Stetler, three other Elida seniors played their final games for the Orange and Black basketball crew: Downton, Ashley Lowry and Skylar Hurst.
The Lady Redskins advance to battle Napoleon in the second District contest at Paulding Thursday.
In the opener, Bath (20-3) used its pressure defense to force 29 Celina (5-19) turnovers in a 49-35 triumph.
Danielle VanDyke paced the WildKittens with 17, while Kelly Stahl dropped nine for the Lady Bulldogs.
Celina notched 15-of-30 shots, 3-of-9 treys, for 50 percent; 2-of-5 singles (40%); 26 rebounds (2 offensive) as Jenna Berry grabbed six and Trisha Dennis five; and 17 fouls. Junior Leah Bihn missed the final 19:47 after injuring an ankle.
Bath counted 17-of-47 shots, 3-of-17 long range, for 36.0 percent; 12-of-24 at the line (50%); grabbed 25 boards, 11 offensive, as VanDyke and Bri Smith (3 assists, 5 steals) had five each; 11 miscues; and 11 fouls.
Hope Carter 0-0-0, Brett Pauff 1-0-2, Kylie Downton 1-0-2, Abby Waddle 1-2-4, Cassidy Slusher 1-0-2, Ashley Lowry 0-1-1, Lauren Nolan 10-3, Sabrina Kline 2-0-5, Torie McAdams 1-1-3, Skylar Hurst 0-0-0, Carly Stetler 1-0-2, Bailee Kuhn 0-0-0, Mallory Etzler 0-0-0. Totals 7-1-4-24.
Maddi Stiles 2-2-7, Erin Schnell 0-2-2, Megan Schnell 1-0-2, Karli Schneider 3-2-10, Sara Warner 5-1-12, Carly Buzzard 2-0-4, Megan Watt 1-2-5, Morgan Miller 0-0-0, Riley Culver 2-0-4, Hilary Bourne 1-0-2. Totals 12-5-9-48.
Score by Quarters:
Elida 6 0 7 11 - 24
Wapak 10 13 13 12 - 48
Three-point goals: Elida, Nolan, Kline; Wapakoneta, Schneider 2, Stiles, Warner, Watt.
Kourtney Fark 1-1-4, Heather Heiby 3-0-7, Jenna Berry 2-0-4, Caelyn Reineke 0-0-0, Trisha Dennis 2-1-5, Cora Lutz 0-0-0, Logan Boley 1-0-2, Haley McGillrary 1-0-2, Ashley Lochtefeld 0-0-0, Kennedy Swann 0-0-0, Leah Bihn 0-0-0, Kelly Stahl 4-0-9, Arika Mills 1-0-2. Totals 12-3-2-35.
Bri Smith 1-1-3, Audrey Brandon 1-2-4, Tara Herr 0-0-0, Jenna Hollar 0-1-1, Danielle VanDyke 7-2-17, Alyssa Manley 4-0-9, Ellie Dackin 0-0-0, Madison Dackin 3-2-8, Courtny Johnson 0-0-0, Brittanie Ulmer 1-0-3, Cassie Best 0-2-2, Haylee Brenek 0-2-2, Kennedy Dackin 0-0-0. Totals 14-3-12-49.
Score by Quarters:
Celina 10 11 3 11 - 35
Bath 10 13 14 12 - 49
Three-point goals: Celina, Fark, Heiby, Stahl; Bath, VanDyke, Manley, Ulmer.
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