|Shooting paces Tribe past Lady ’Cats|
|Monday, November 26, 2012 12:08 PM|
FORT RECOVERY — One didn’t need to look far to find out who won the Jefferson at Fort Recovery girls basketball opener Friday night at Fort Site Fieldhouse.
Shooting told the entire story: the Lady Indians were 27-of-54 (4-of-8 from downtown) for 54 percent and the Lady Wildcats were a miserable 8-of-45 (0-of-10 long range) for 17.8 percent.
It all added up to a 62-25 blowout for the Tribe.
“I didn’t think we shot that well. It’s all about confidence right now and learning how to play at the varsity level; for many of these girls, it is the first time,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman explained. “At times, we were tentative shooting the ball, like we didn’t want to shoot. Other times, we were too aggressive and fast. Going faster is not always the answer.”
Indian coach Doug Bihn was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We only have two girls back from last year but we have expectations of a good year all the time. I was pleased with how we came out tonight for the opener,” he added. “Sure, we made mistakes but that is going to happen in your first game with jitters and such. I really like how we moved the ball and got good shots. Good shooting overcomes a lot of sins. We just need to build from here.”
Both teams struggled against the other’s defense at the outset in whatever form it took, both full- and half-court. They combined for 17 turnovers — nine for the Red and White — and totaled 47 for the game (24 by the visitors). However, while the Tribe shot well when they did get looks at the basket — 7-of-11 — Delphos was as cold as the now-wintry weather outside — 3-of-14. A 3-ball by Recovery’s Jackie Fullenkamp (12 markers, 8 boards, 4 thefts) shortly into the game gave them a lead they never gave up. With five players scoring at least a basket, the Indians steadily built a 15-6 edge on a putback by Tori Lennartz (15 counters, 7 assists, 6 boards, 5 steals) with 8.0 ticks on the clock.
If the first period wasn’t exactly torrid for the visitors, the second quarter was not much better — 2-of-9. The Indians had six players get at least two points in the canto, led by the six of Lennartz, in connecting on 9-of-14 fielders. Their largest lead of the half was the halftime spread of 38-11 as Cassidy Rammel hit two free throws with 42.7 ticks on the board.
The third stanza was not much better for the Red and White as they continued to struggle from the floor, knocking down an even chillier 2-of-12. As well, the one thing they did do pretty well all night was get to the line but they had issues there as well, hitting 9-of-20 (45%) to 3-of-10 for the hosts (30%). Caley Schoenherr tacked on six points to pace the hosts — 9-of-18 from the floor — as they erected their largest lead of the night to that point, 57-18, on a foul-line-throw banker by Schoenherr with 3-1 ticks on the clock.
All that was left in the fourth was to figure out the final margin, with the Red and White outscoring their hosts 7-5.
Junior Gabrielle Pimpas led the Delphos effort with seven points and three assists, while junior Hannah Sensibaugh, playing her first game since knee surgery in the middle of last season, had six boards, five steals and four markers. Sophomore Shelby Koenig — at 6-1 — had five boards as the visitors were outrebounded 41-25 (10-10 offensively). Jefferson was guilty of nine fouls and hit the road to Antwerp for a 6 p.m. junior varsity start tonight.
“We are a work in progress and tonight it showed,” Hoffman added. “We are struggling with numbers and we have to play some girls at varsity that maybe aren’t quite ready and play them more minutes. We just have to progress from here and get better every day. Again, it’s a matter of confidence.”
Fort Recovery received six dimes from Kelsey Fiely. They visit St. Marys tonight.
The Indians also won the JV matchup 27-14.
Kendra Siefring led all scorers (for Recovery) with six markers, while freshmen Tori Black and Bailey Gorman registered four each for the Lady ’Cats.