|Marion Local flies by Lady Jays|
|Friday, February 01, 2013 2:08 PM|
The Lady Blue Jays (7-10, 1-6 MAC), minus leading scorer Jessica Recker, also lost senior classmate Casey Schnipke to injury late in the first half.
The Flyers (12-6, 4-3 MAC) took the lead from the start on a pair of throws by Allie Thobe just four ticks into the matchup. It was uphill from there. Thobe scored all seven of her points in the period, including a pair of hoop-and-harms, and Cadence Jacobs erupted for 10 of her game-high 15 in the same time span. The visitors used their size and strength inside, as well as their pressure defense, to force seven miscues (25 total) and shoot 9-of-15 from the floor (21-of-41 for the game, 0-of-7 beyond the arc, for 51.2%). When Megan Kuether hit a breakaway layup with 15 seconds showing, the Flyers’ lead grew to 25-9.
“We didn’t do a good job in the opening period of containing their dribble penetration. We also didn’t deal with their inside game very well, nor their transition game,” Jays mentor Dan J. Grothouse acknowledged. “They are so strong and physical inside and have some good guards. We did better the last three quarters but the bad quarter we tend to have was the first and we couldn’t recover.”
Marion canned 7-of-8 singles in the period (22-of-27 for the game for 81.5%). The Jays had two starters: junior Brooke Zuber and classmate Emilie Fischbach; with two fouls and they, as well as others, would battle that the rest of the night.
“It’s important for us to get off quickly; that’s what you want to do on the road. I always tell the girls that the first and third quarters set the tone,” Marion coach Treva Fortkamp noted. “We’ve gone to more pressure defense ever since the Versailles game and it has worked for us; we want our defense to set the tone. It gets us good looks and the pace of the game that we like; it also gets us in attack mode and we go to the basket well and draw fouls. Offensively, it really helps that we have a lot of balance; you can’t focus on just one player.”
The Jays did a better job of getting back on defense to take away the Flyer transition in the second stanza, as well as turned the ball over less times (4) than in the first. That led to fewer easy looks and few free throws for the guests. However, the Jays struggled offensively against the quick Flyer man-to-man scheme — varying between full- and half-court looks. When Kuether (12 points) drove the baseline to the glass with 30 ticks on the board, the Flyer margin was 37-20.
Schnipke was hurt on an offensive foul called on classmate Katie Vorst (6 points, 4 boards) with 3.6 ticks showing, getting caught up in girls tumbling to the floor. She had to be helped from the floor and did not return.
The scoring pace and tempo continued to follow the second-quarter trend: the defenses were solid and slowed down the other’s offense. The Jays simply could get nothing consistent going offensively, partly due to nine more errors. Marion’s lead twice reach 26 — the second time at 52-26 — on two singles by Brooke Winner (10 markers, 4 boards) at 2:28. The Jays even had their first free throws of the game at 2:15 but ended up 0-of-5 in that department overall. When Jays’ freshman Sydney Fischbach (8 counters) dropped in a jumper from the right elbow at 1:04, it made Marion’s lead 52-28.
With nothing but the final score to be determined in the fourth, both coaches emptied their benches as Marion’s lead grew to 28 on two occasions.
“We struggled handling the ball offensively. They are so athletic, it makes it tough for you to get a lot going; you don’t see many big runs against Marion Local,” Grothouse added. “The fact that they had 27 free throws and we had five indicates to me we weren’t attacking them and they were attacking us. I thought we continued to play hard to the very end; they were just too strong for us tonight.” In sum, Marion Local secured 27 caroms, 12 offensive, Chelsea Winner had five; and amasses 13 turnovers and 12 fouls. They play Bath Tuesday.
St. John’s netted 16-of-37 shots, 5-of-10 triples, for 43.4 percent; nabbed 19 boards (8 offensive); and added 20 fouls. They host Paulding Monday.
In junior varsity action, the Flyers improved to 6-11 (1-5 MAC) with a 35-25 triumph.
Emily Mescher dropped in 17 for the victors, while sophomore Emilee Grothouse had nine (3 treys) for the Lady Jays (6-10, 2-4).
ST. JOHN’S (37)