|Lady Jays pull away from Indians|
|Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:41 PM|
Lauck, the lone Tribe senior, did score 17 points and added eight boards and three blocked shots, but she had to work hard for those points. Abby Waddle added five points for the Tribe (4-3).
“Lauck presents so many problems for your defensively; she can shoot the 3, beat you off the dribble and score in a number of ways. We did a nice job of making her work hard for her points and never let her take control,” Jays mentor Dan J. Grothouse explained.
The Lady Blue Jays (4-3) almost had a pair of double-double players in senior Jessica Recker (12 markers, 9 dimes) and freshman Sydney Fischbach (10 counters, 9 caroms). Senior Katie Vorst added 10 markers. Their trademark man-to-man defense held Shawnee to 9-of-40 shooting (3-of-23 downtown) for 22.5 percent; they countered with a 17-of-35 shooting night (4-of-10 triples) for 48.6 percent.
St. John’s led 30-26 to enter the fourth period. Sophomore Rebekah Fischer and Vorst hit back-to-back baskets for the Jays on their first two possessions to go up 34-26. Lauck hit two free throws at 5:30 to get the Tribe within 34-28 but Shawnee tried to extend its pressure with more intensity to get back in the game. The Jays showed poise and composure and only had one turnover (14 for the game versus 10 for Shawnee) in a crucial span. They constantly beat the pressure and made the hosts pay, with Fischbach getting three inside baskets to lead the way. The Blue and Gold also hit 4-of-6 tosses (8-of-13 overall for 61.5%; 9-of-16 for Shawnee for 57.3%) in building their lead to its zenith in the final margin.
“Our goal for each game is 12 turnovers or less, especially against a team that you know is going to try and apply a lot of pressure,” Grothouse said. “We had a few in the first period but we just had to slow down and not force things; that was the reason for most of them. We made them pay when we broke the pressure; that’s what you have to do against a pressure team.”
The Jays struggled against Shawnee’s pressure “D” in the first period, committing seven. However, thanks to the defensive work on Lauck, especially Fischer and junior Brooke Zuber, they only trailed 11-6 on Lauck’s 6-footer at 1:53. When Recker drained a 3-ball from the left corner with 40 ticks on the board, the Jays were within 11-9.
The Jays’ man-to-man defense got even better in the second canto, limiting Shawnee to one fielder by Danyelle Hughes and 4-of-8 singles. On the other end, they took better care of the orb, adding only two miscues. They stayed close to their hosts and used a 5-0 closing spurt in the last 1:43, including a layup off a lob from Recker to Fischer with 4.1 ticks on the clock, that made it 20-17 at halftime.
Isabelle Baird scored for Shawnee within 25 ticks on the start of the third stanza but Recker answered with a 3-ball. A free toss by Lauck at 5:56 tied the score at 23 but a trifecta by junior Erica Saine from the left side at 5:20 gave the Lady Jays the lead for good. Fischer gave them their largest lead at the time at 30-23 on her deep deuce at 1:00 but Lauck hit a toss at 46.3 ticks and then drove for two at 27 ticks for a 30-26 margin.
“We responded after a loss Fort Recovery. We showed a lot of composure and poise tonight and that’s one of those things we made a step forward today,” Grothouse added.
In sum, St. John’s added 29 caroms (7 offensive) and 14 fouls. They are off until Dec. 27 when they visit Spencerville.
In junior varsity action, the Tribe used an 18-5 margin in the second period and held on for a 32-27 victory.
Rachel Adams led the Lady Tribe with 13 and Sam Sharp added 10.
For the Blue Jays, who were down two players due to illness, Colleen Schulte led with 10.