|Ada’s shooting dooms Jeffcats|
|Friday, December 21, 2012 1:27 PM|
The host Lady Bulldogs canned 21-of-37 from the floor (1-of-9 long range) for 56.8 percent versus 17-of-47 for the Lady Wildcats (6-of-16 3s) for 36.1 percent in a 50-48 victory.
“We gave up way too much dribble penetration, especially the first half. We talked about that at halftime but we dug ourselves a big hole,”
Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman said. “As well, our shooting the first half wasn’t too good; we didn’t have the best shot selection but we missed some pretty good ones, too.”
Despite the great shooting by his Bulldogs, Ada head man Neal Dumbaugh was focused on his team’s defense.
“I was disappointed in that area a lot tonight. We have had our moments all year of playing solid defense, just not tonight,” Dumbaugh added. “We gave up six 3s and many of them were wide open. We simply didn’t do a good job of keeping things in front of us. We also missed too many free trows that made things tougher than they should have been.”
Ada (5-2, 2-1 NWC) led most of the way. The only time the Red and White (3-5, 1-2 NWC) led was at 6-5 midway through the first period on an inside deuce by junior Rileigh Stockwell. However, that was the last point for the visitors in the first period. Ada took the lead for good at 7-6 as Taylor Willeke (15 markers, 5 assists) scored on the next trip down the court. With Tori Wyss (15 counters, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) scoring eight points in the period, including the second of a pair of free throws at 31.8 seconds, Ada built a 12-6 edge.
The Jefferson drought continued until 5:30 of the second period as Ada built its lead to 18-6 on a putback by Wyss. Stockwell drove to the basket at 5:30 to get Delphos back on the board but that only temporarily stopped the bleeding. Despite Amburgey picking up her third foul at 4:14, the Lady Bulldogs three times built leads of 15, the final time at 27-12 on a slice to the glass by Wyss at 1:00. However, junior Hannah Sensibaugh (55 ticks) and sophomore Brooke Culp (10 points, 5 dimes, 7 boards) put down treys, the latter at 25 ticks, to get the visitors within 27-18.
Pimpas made that 27-19 with a free throw at 7:29 of the third, also inducing the fourth foul on Amburgey. Jefferson kept knocking on the door to get closer — getting within 35-30 on two Culp singles at 2:43 — but Ada had the reply. When Morgan Rouch hit a deep deuce from the right corner at 1:15, Ada led 39-30. The Wildcats scored the final three points: a layin by junior Katie Goergens (15 counters, 6 rebounds) and a toss by Stockwell at 37 ticks; to close within 39-33.
Jefferson kept applying the pressure in the finale and was within two points twice: at 4:05 on a 3-ball by Pimpas and with 50.4 ticks on a 3-point play the old way by Sensibaugh to get within 50-48. After Willeke mostly dribbled down the next 34 seconds, she was fouled — the fifth by Pimpas — but missed the front end of the bonus at 16.3 ticks. Culp tried to tie it but her shot was off the mark; Amburgey got the carom and was fouled at 4.8 ticks. She also missed the front end and Stockwell seized her eighth board and called time at 4.2 ticks.
Jefferson had to go the length of the court and junior Brooke Hesseling’s desperation 28-footer from the right wing was deflected away by Amburgey as time expired.
“We kept battling — that is one thing these girls won’t do and that is quit. We have more second chances the second half and played better defense,” Hoffman added. “Brooke had another great all-around game. Overall, I was pleased with how we as a team and individuals made another good step tonight. We continue to make strides and we just need to keep that going.”
Ada ended up with 7-of-15 singles (46.7%); 24 rebounds (3 offensive); 11 miscues; and 16 fouls. They visit New Riegel Saturday.
Price two tosses at 12.6 seconds to grab a 39-35 lead.
Morgan Sutton scored 13 and Price 11 for Ada.
Freshman Taylor Stroh countered with 12 for the Red and White (2-6, 0-3).