— After a frantic, high-intensity first half (won by Delphos Jefferson
36-32), it was all Lady Jeffcats in the second 16 minutes in a 77-49
Thursday night win over Spencerville.
Jefferson finishes the regular season at 11-11 overall and 6-2 in the Northwest Conference.
The Lady Bearcats are 7-15 and 3-5.
like that up-tempo game,” said Jefferson coach Dave Hoffman. “That’s
the way we play. We’re a lot of pass the ball, kick the ball, one pass,
and shoot. We’ve done that a lot this season. This is my 35th year, and
this is the first year that I’ve been okay with it. I’ve kinda learned
to live with that because that’s the way they like to play, and
basically it’s worked for us.”
Delphos junior Macy Wallace scored
the last six points of the first half on a corner 3-point shot and a
3-point play inside. That turned a 32-30 Spencerville lead into a 36-32
Jefferson lead at the break.
It was still close early in the third
period — 41-37, Cats, with five minutes left in the quarter — when
Jefferson took over. Wallace (8 points) and freshman Ayron McClurg (6
points) sparked a 16-1 run to make it 57-38 after three. The onslaught
continued in the fourth period, which started with a 15-2 Jeffcat run —
72-40 with 4:51 left in the game.
The first half, especially the
second quarter, was fun to watch. With both teams pressing full-court,
there were turnovers aplenty (10 by Jefferson, 9 by Spencerville), but
also some fine shooting by Jefferson — 13 of 23 from the field,
including 3 of 4 from long range — and outstanding rebounding by
Spencerville — a big 23-10 edge. Those boards allowed the visitors to
stay close despite their ice-cold field goal shooting — 11 of 35,
including 3 of 14 from outside the arc.
“It was a great second
half,” said Hoffman. “We didn’t get the job done off the boards in the
first half. They had a lot of second and third rebounds. We allowed a
little bit of dribble penetration. Once we changed the defense and went
to the box-and-one (junior Devyn Carder on the Bearcats’ junior point
guard Kaiden Grigsby), that helped us a lot. We turned the ball over too
much the first half, but we did settle down in the second half, stepped
up, made big shots, played a little bit better defense on their dribble
penetration, and hit the boards.”
Jefferson scored at least 20
points in each of the last three quarters and ended up with some superb
offensive statistics — 56 percent (29 of 52) from the field, including
47 percent (7 of 15) from three. Spencerville, on the contrary, shot
only 29 percent (17 of 58) from the field, 26 percent (6 for 23) from
long distance. Neither team was great from the line — Delphos 57 percent
(12 of 21), Spencerville 50 percent (9 of 18). The Bearcats won the
boards 36-26, although Jefferson out-rebounded Spencerville 16-13 in the
second half. Delphos had 15 turnovers, Spencerville 16.
Jeffcats had four players in double digits, led by Wallace, who came off
the bench to score 24. Junior Sarah Miller added 14, despite sitting
out a considerable amount of time with foul trouble. McClurg and Carder
added 13 and 10.
Spencerville had three double-digit scorers — freshman Nelaya Burden, Grigsby, and junior Jenna Henline with 14, 13 and 11.
the Division III district’s No. 9 seed, will play 7th-seeded Tinora at
6:15 Tuesday at Lincolnview. Spencerville, the Division IV district’s
No. 13 seed, plays Marion Local, the 8th seed, at Allen East in
Wednesday’s second game at approximately 8 p.m.
Grigsby 13, Jenna Henline 11, Tiffany Work 1, Nelaya Burden 14, Julie
Mulholland 0, Sydney Shaffer 0, Kelsey Shaffer 3, Olivia Clark 0,
Abbygayle Satterfield 0, Brooke Bockey 2, Torie Bockey 0, Alex Carter 5,
Olivia Goeke 0, Allison Bowsher 0.
Wollenhaupt 0, Devyn Carder 10, Kelsey Bereslman 7, Ayron McClurg 13,
Sarah Miller 14, Sydnie McGue 0, Macy Wallace 24, Addy Stewart 8, Audrey
North 0, Michelle Rode 1, Savanna Barnes 0, Sierra Marlow 0.
Spencerville 10 22 6 11 - 49
Jefferson 13 23 21 20 - 77
field goals: SV - 6/23 (Henline 3, Burden 2, Grigsby), DJ - 7/15
(Carder 2, Wallace 2, Miller 2, Berelsman). Rebounds: SV - 36, DJ - 26.
Fouls: SV - 16, DJ - 15. Turnovers: SV - 19, DJ - 15.
JV Score: Spencerville won.