|Lady Knights double-up Musketeers|
|Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:42 PM|
The win raises the Knights’ record to 6-1, while Ft. Jennings dropped to 3-5 on the season.
Crestview’s offense and defense came ready to play as the Knights grabbed a quick 11-2 lead.
Mackenzie Riggenbach opened the scoring with two free throws that was matched by the Musketeers’ Gabbi German. Crestview scored the next nine points of the game as Riggenbach dropped in a basket that was followed by baskets by Kirstin Hicks and Lindsey Motycka. A 3-pointer by Kennis Mercer had the Knights up 11-2 before Ft. Jennings went on a 5-0 run to end the first quarter. A free throw by Erin Osting started the run before Alyssa Schimmoeller hit two baskets to make it 11-7 after the opening eight minutes.
Crestview opened the second-quarter scoring with a 3-pointer by Mercer before German scored on a putback for Ft. Jennings. Crestview then went on 5-0 run as Emily Bauer scored on a putback and later split a pair of free throws. A putback by Motycka gave the Knights a 10-point lead at 19-9 before Emily Kehres scored for Ft. Jennings.
After three points by Crestview, Schimmoeller answered back with a 3-pointer. Two free throws by Bauer ended the first-half scoring as Crestview took a 24-14 lead into halftime.
Although the Knights played well the first half, Crestview put the game out of reach in the first 3:30 of the second half.
Riggenbach opened the second-half scoring with a basket before Mercer hit her third 3-pointer of the game to make it a 29-14 game and force the Musketeers to take a timeout. A putback by Bauer pushed the Knight lead to 31-14. The Knight defense held the Musketeers scoreless for nearly four minutes of the second half before Macy Schroeder scored. Mercer answered that score with a 3-pointer for
Crestview and Kehres ended the third-quarter scoring with a jumper that left the Knights up 34-18 after three quarters.
“I thought the third quarter was huge,” Crestview coach Greg Rickard said. “We came out and scored the first seven points. Instead of it being 10 (points), it was a 17-point game. It makes it a lot easier than if they come out and score the first five points and make it a game. Last week (versus Ada), we were behind at halftime and we talked about coming out strong and we outscored them big. Then we came out and played well in the third quarter tonight.”
The Knight offense clicked well as they were able to solve the Musketeers’ full-court pressure. Ft. Jennings defense caused some early problems for the Knights but for the most part, they handled it well as they had just 12 turnovers for the game.
“We had five turnovers the first half and I’ll take that,” Rickard said. “At times in the first half, we were not looking down the floor. When they are in a man-to-man and we were not attacking the press and causing someone to come over and double-team us, it doesn’t give us an open player. The second half, we did a better job of passing the ball down the floor as they were in more of a zone press and we were able to find some open people.”
Crestview opened the fourth quarter with six points, then after the Musketeers scored three points Crestview scored another six points for their 46 points.
Mercer and Bauer led the Knights with 12 points each and Motycka had 10 points.
Schimmoeller had seven points for the Musketeers and two steals.
“We’re struggling on the offensive end right now. However, we were a little more patient today,” Ft. Jennings coach Kevin Horstman said.
“Not many teams are going to have a good offensive night against Crestview. They play good defense and I thought we competed. We gave ourselves every opportunity we could. We have to eventually put the ball in the basket more than we are right now. The good thing is that we are getting shots and not turning it over; it’s matter of putting it in the basket.”
Crestview hosts Lima Central Catholic Thursday, while Jennings hosts Wayne Trace 1 p.m. Saturday.