|Strong start lifts Lady Vikes over Musketeers|
|Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:13 PM|
That’s exactly what the Leipsic Lady Vikings did on Tuesday night in their Putnam County League battle with the Fort Jennings Lady Musketeers in girls basketball action as the hosts scored the first 13 points of the contest on their way to a 56-27 victory.
The Vikings held their guests to just one basket from the field in the first half, that coming off the hands of Cassie Lindman with just under 30 seconds left before the break. Leipsic took a 15-2 lead after the first stop and led 26-9 at the halftime break.
Shaylyn Morman led three Vikings players in double digits with 12 markers, Kelly Nadler added 11 and Amber Gerdeman chipped in 10.
Despite getting out to the early advantage, the hosts were bothered by the pesky 2-2-1 press put on by the Musketeers. Multiple turnovers resulted in the pressure; however, the guests were unable to capitalize, despite going 7-of-8 from the line in the first half.
The Vikings went on a 14-5 run to get things going in the second stanza. A minute into the frame Hailey Kreinbrink hit Nadler with a low-post pitch off an inbound for an easy two. Gable went 4-for-4 from the stripe in the period and the Musketeers finally found the bottom of the net from the field on a shot from the paint by Lindeman with 29 seconds left in the half, the basket making it a 31-9 score.
The guests equaled their point total in the third quarter of that in the first two of the game.
Fort Jennings outscored their hosts 8-7 in the final period. Gable hit the Musketeers lone three in the game early on.
Fort Jennings connected on 9-of-40 shots (2-of-20 long range) for 22.5 percent and 7-of-8 free throws (87.5%). They added 17 turnovers and 10 boards.
Leipsic notched 21-of-41 shots (3-of-11 3s) for 51.2 percent and 11-of-18 singles (61.1%). They totaled 23 errors.