|Lady Jays snap 5-game losing streak|
|Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:56 PM|
Nor could the visiting Lady Lancers impose their defensive will on the Lady Blue Jays with their full- and half-court pressure packages.
That allowed the hosts to break their 5-game losing streak and secure a 43-28 victory.
St. John’s mentor Dan J. Grothouse credited his man-to-man defense for the victory.
“We got a lot done tonight with our defense; we had a lot more energy and activity tonight than we’ve had in a while. They did miss a lot of shots but I’d like to think we had something to do with that,” Grothouse noted. “We did give up some penetration but we basically kept them from getting really open looks. We then basically gave up one shot each time down, so that helped us out.”
The shooting was what caught Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson’s eye.
“We missed layups, we missed free throws. We missed what I felt were a lot of good looks,” he explained. “Credit St. John’s because they were there to bother us. We got into a hurry at times, thinking the contact would be there but wasn’t. At some point, you have to put the ball in the basket.” The Jays (7-9) led from start to finish in this one, thanks to senior Katie Vorst (12 markers, 5 boards despite fighting foul trouble) netting nine points in the first. She also got the lone “big” girl for the visitors (13-5), 5-10 senior Kaitlin Brant, into two early fouls by the 7:10 mark. She was done for the rest of the half. Without her, the Lancers had trouble stopping the Jays, giving up 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. A high-low lob from freshman Sydney Fischbach to junior Erica Saine at the 53-second mark gave the Jays a 19-9 edge before sophomore Hannah McCleery — off the bench — laid one in off the glass in transition with 3.1 seconds to go for a 19-11 scoreboard.
The scoring pace slowed down tremendously in the second period, with both units struggling from the field: the Jays 1-of-10 (14-of-43 overall, 2-of-15 downtown, for 32.6%) versus Lincolnview’s 2-of-6 (9-of-39 total, 1-of-8 3-balls, for 23.1%). Senior Kaylee Thatcher (5:13) and classmate Katie Dye (7 markers) at 4:10 provided baskets for the visitors, while Fischbach (8 boards) at 5:44 scored the only deuce for the Jays. That accounted for a 21-15 halftime lead by the home team.
Neither team scored for the first 2:14 of the third period when an incident occurred, with St. John’s senior Jessica Recker (6 markers) being slapped with an intentional foul and Thatcher getting nailed with a flagrant and technical foul, being ejected from the game. After that, with McCleery hitting 1-of-2 tosses and Vorst 2-of-4 as a result, the Jays put more distance between themselves and their guests. Two Recker throws at 5.2 ticks put them up 31-21.
The closest the Lancers could get in the fourth was 31-24 on a deuce by McCleery (6 points, 8 boards) at the 7:10 mark; 1-of-12 shooting from the field prevented them from getting nearer. The Jays then spent the rest of the quarter extending their lead.
“I felt that was one key; we had to handle their pressure. We weren’t turning the ball over, so that didn’t lead them to fast breaks,” he added. “At the same time, we continue to struggle for consistency on offense. We had a great first quarter but then had that one really bad quarter that has plagued us. I felt we were still executing our offense well but we just couldn’t get shots to drop consistently.”
“We’re definitely not the same without Kaitlyn; she is a physical presence in the post. You saw what happened without her the first quarter,” Williamson added. “We settled down after that and played good defense. However, we couldn’t turn them over with our pressure; we’ve relied on that a lot this year and it affected us offensively. It still came down to us struggling shooting the ball.”
St. John’s knocked down 13-of-22 singles (59.1%); nabbed 36 off the glass (9 offensive) as Recker and sophomore Rebekah Fischer added five each; and amassed 12 errors and 16 fouls. They host Marion Local Thursday.
In junior varsity action, Lincolnview freshman Ashton Bowersock hit two singles at 10.4 seconds to give the Lancers (11-5) a 35-32 triumph.
Junior Christine Stemen led the way with 11 markers.