|Knights use defense to defeat Wildcats|
|Friday, December 14, 2012 1:47 PM|
After a closely-played first half, the Lady Knights hit some big threes and used pressure defense to pull away in the second half for the 47-32 victory.
Mackenzie Riggenbach started the scoring with a long two for the Lady Knights. Rileigh Stockwell then hit a free throw, followed by a short jump shot, giving the Lady Wildcats the early 3-2 lead. Riggenbach hit a three on the next possession for Crestview but Hannah Sensibaugh answered with a bucket to tie the game at 5-5.
Jefferson scored the next seven points of the game on two buckets by Stockwell and a three by Katie Goergens. The Lady Knights got two free throws by Riggenbach, giving her all seven of the team’s first-quarter points, before the end of the first quarter, leaving the score 12-7 in favor of Jefferson.
Crestview pulled within two in the beginning of the second quarter but the Lady Wildcats again went on a run to put some distance between the two teams. A free throw by Stockwell and baskets by Gabby Pimpas and Brooke Culp put the Lady Wildcats up 17-10.
The Lady Knights took the court in the second half on a mission and outscored their hosts 15-4 in the third quarter, including a 10-0 run in the middle of the period. During the run, the Lady Knights got threes from Kennis Mercer and Riggenbach. Emily Bauer also stole the ball twice, once finishing herself and the other passing to Lindsey Motycka for the basket. The Lady Knights led 29-23 at the end of the third.
Bauer led the way for the Lady Knights with 16 points, including shooting 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. That led an 18-of-25 effort for the game for the visitors (72%) to only 4-of-6 for the hosts (66.7%). Riggenbach added 13 and Motycka eight. The victory moves the
Lady Knights to 5-1 on the season, 2-0 in the NWC.
“In the first half, we came out and played defense like we knew we had to,” Hoffman said. “Defensively, we kept them in front of us and made them work for everything; we also got to the basket offensively. In the second half, we didn’t get the job done. When the pressure turned up, we made some bad decisions, which got the snowball rolling. They are a good team and you can’t take away scoring opportunities from yourself like we did in the second half.”
Long-time Crestview coach Greg Rickard agreed, though it was the opposite of Hoffman.
“The first half, we came out flat and had no intensity,” Rickard said. “Against a team like Jefferson on the road, you cannot do that. We gave them a lot of second shots — we weren’t boxing out — and giving up penetration. In the third quarter, we got more intense, took care of the ball, played tougher defense and we were able to go on a few big runs.”