|Pirates whip up on Lady Musketeers 62-41|
|Friday, January 18, 2013 1:46 PM|
The guests put up 20 shots in the first half and 45 for the game — with the majority coming inside — but Jennings connected on just 14 as the hosts came away with a 62-41 victory.
The Pirates delivered on just 18-of-60 from the field but leading scorer Vanessa Koppenhoffer picked up the slack for the home team, nailing 13-of-16 from the foul line on her way to leading all scorers with 20 markers. Leva Weller connected for 14 points and Taylor Williamson added 11 in the Pirates’ victory. Sloane Zachrich pulled down 11 rebounds.
Macy Schroeder and Cassie Lindeman hit double digits for the Musketeers with 10; Gabbi German added nine in the effort.
The Musketeers kept it close for the first eight minutes, trailing just 12-10 at the first stop.
The hosts took a 6-point advantage late in the second frame but a Gable triple cut the deficit to 18-15 with 1:47 to go before the half. Gable later hit two from the foul line with under a minute showing to bring the Musketeers to within one at 20-19 but Continental took a 22-19 lead into the half.
Fort Jennings came out firing in the second half and cut the deficit to one at 22-21 30 seconds into the period. After falling behind later, the Musketeers came all the way back and tied the game at 31-31 on the strength of an 8-0 run as German hit a shot from the low post with 3:27 to go in the canto. However, Continental answered right back and then some; Williamson drained two 3-pointers late in the frame, capping off an 11-1 spurt with 26 seconds left in the third for a 43-29 margin.
Continental extended the lead in the final quarter, despite the teams exchanging baskets early on; Schroeder and German both picked the pocket of the Pirates’ point guard and took it half the court for easy layups. Nevertheless, Koppenhoffer drilled 7-of-8 from the line in the third and 4-of-4 attempts in the final period to help pace the Pirates. Continental outscored their guests 19-9 in the final eight minutes in cement the win.
The Pirates move to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in league play, remaining in the thick of the league race, while Fort Jennings falls to 6-10 in all games and 1-3 in the PCL.
In the JV contest, the Musketeers used a 10-0 run in the final minutes to come away with a 38-28 victory.