|Friday, January 18, 2013 1:45 PM|
Spencerville had a 13-9 lead after the opening quarter before the Bulldogs turned the game around in the second quarter with an 18-6 scoring margin. A 12-6 run in the third quarter by Columbus Grove extended their lead.
Rachel Schumacher and Sydney McCluer paced the Bulldog (3-11, 2-3 NWC attack with nine points each. Hope Schroeder had eight points and nine rebounds and Megan Verhoff grabbed seven rebounds.
Schylar Miller had 17 points to lead the Bearcats (2-11, 1-4 NWC). Grigsby had eight points and nine rebounds for Spencerville.
Kylie Downton netted 13 for the hosts (7-7, 3-2 WBL), while Abby Waddle countered with 13 for the visitors (4-1, 8-7).
The Wildkittens took control with four triples in a 14-2 first quarter and rolled to their fifth WBL win against no losses.
“That’s the funny part - they (the Wildkittens) haven’t been shooting the ball well from deep,” said Moonshower. “The M-O for the season has been to pack it in, don’t let them dribble penetrate, stop the bigs inside. That was the game plan. As it turned out, that didn’t work out real well because they got hot tonight.”
The Cougars were on a 5-game winning streak but it quickly became apparent that it wouldn’t reach six. The visitors turned the ball over on their first four possessions and didn’t even get off a shot until halfway through the first quarter. Van Wert didn’t get its first field goal until Alexis Dowdy nailed an 8-foot pull-up jumper with 3:52 left in the second quarter. Dowdy banked in a 10-foot angle shot a minute later but her two baskets were the only ones the Cougs had in the entire first half, after which Bath led 29-6.
“We just couldn’t get started offensively,” said Moonshower. “It just snowballed on us. We had six points at the half. You’re not going to beat anybody with six points. Right off the bat, we had a couple of turnovers. We really dropped our heads. Everybody forgot what we were supposed to do, what positions you were supposed to be in. People were running wild. Against a really good team like Bath, you just can’t do that.”
Despite that big lead, the ’Kittens weren’t exact burning the nets, hitting only 9-of-26 field goal tries in the half. However, six of those buckets were from long range. The Cougars were 2-for-15 after 16 minutes, with many of the misses being blocked or deflected shots. Bath’s trapping defense had already created 15 turnovers.
It was more of the same in the third quarter, after which the hosts led 43-13. The fourth period was Van Wert’s best. The Cougars got two 3-pointers from designated sharpshooter Emilie Moonshower and another trey from Hannah Hulbert.
Bath outshot Van Wert from the field — 38 percent (20-of-53) to 18 percent (7-of-38) — and the line — 80 percent (12-of-15) to 73 percent (8-of-11). The ’Kittens won the boards 25-21 and had a huge margin in turnovers, 9-28.
Nine Wildkittens scored, led by Jenna Hollar’s 14. Emilie Moonshower’s six points led Van Wert.
“Just like the last five wins, those are behind us. You learn from them and you move on,” added Moonshower. “We had pretty good momentum going. You’d like to have a little better effort but a lot of it was just Bath. They took us out of what we wanted to do offensively. Defensively, some of the things we thought we could give them, they took advantage of.”
Bath (11-3) won the jayvee game 43-17. Brittanie Ulmer led the Wildkitten scoring with 12. Phoebe Eutsler and Emily Bair had seven and six, respectively, for Van Wert (3-11).
The Lady Knights used a big second quarter to pull away from the Lady Panthers on their way to a 61-33 victory.
Paulding started the second quarter on a charge. After two Crestview free throws by Motycka, the Lady Panthers got a three by Jerika Bland and a two by Abby Pease to get within one 17-16 but the Lady Knights answered with a 13-0 spurt in the middle of the quarter to give them a commanding 30-16 lead. Emily Bower chipped in six points during the run and sophomore Terra Crowle added five. Crestview closed out the quarter to take a 32-18 lead into the locker room.
The Lady Panthers made one more run to get back in the game. With the score 38-18, Paulding went on a 9-0 span to get themselves back in the game. Pease started the run with two free throws. Later, Bland hit a basket to make the score 38-22, then McCullough hit a three followed by a two to get the Lady Panthers within 11, 38-27.
Crestview proved to be too much, though, and closed the quarter out on a 9-0 run of their own. Mariah Henry led the charge with four points.
The win improves the Lady Knights to 12-1 overall and keeps them perfect in the Northwest Conference with a 5-0 record.
“It has been the same problem for us all season. We have been outrebounded in probably 90 percent of our games,” said Panther coach Lyndsi Schultz. “Coming in, we knew how strong Crestview was inside but we just don’t have much size. There were a couple of times we were in perfect position but we just couldn’t stop them. They are an excellent team but we just didn’t respond like we needed to.”