|Lady Jays declaw Panthers|
|Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:22 PM|
Senior Katie Vorst led the Lady Blue Jays (8-10) with 15 points, six boards and three assists, while junior Emilie Fischbach hit three treys en route to nine markers. The Jays shot 21-of-38 from the floor, 5-of-15 beyond the arc.
“We felt Katie and (freshman) Sydney (Fischbach) had an advantage inside and they were both active and aggressive. They were most effective when we moved the ball well, as we did at times tonight,” Jays’ mentor Dan. J. Grothouse asserted. “We did a decent job of getting the ball inside and those two did a nice job of either scoring or kicking it back out for open shots.” For the Lady Panthers (4-15), junior Sierra McCullough and junior Abby Pease had nine apiece as they canned 13-of-34 shots (1-of-8 3-pointers) for 38.2 percent.
“We couldn’t match up with them inside. Our tallest girl is 5-9 and we physically couldn’t match up; we didn’t have the help-side defense we needed,” Panther head coach Lyndsi Schultz explained. “That’s why we went zone when we did, trying to contain them inside and hoping they weren’t hitting from the outside. You have to pick your poison a little bit when you’re in our situation; they hit some threes and that was that.”
Paulding had a better go of it in quarter 2, with six players getting at least a point in the period, in netting 4-of-11. However, the Jays had a bit better go of it, even when the Panthers switched to a 1-2-2 zone that they extended some full-court. The Jays led by 10 twice in the stanza — at 22-12 (deuce by freshman Sydney Fischbach) and 25-15 (3-ball by senior Casey Schnipke) with 45 ticks on the board. However, the guests’ Pease put back a third-chance opportunity with 18 ticks remaining to get them within 25-17 at the half.
The trend of the game continued into the third quarter: the Panthers did OK but the Jays were better. Pease, McCullough and sophomore Brooke Combs scored baskets for the visitors, while Emilie Fischbach drilled a pair of treys against the Panther zone and Vorst and junior Erica Saine netted three markers each. Jays led 37-21 on a Fischbach bomb at 1:11 but McCullough dropped a 19-footer from the left side with a tick left for a 37-23 edge.
The Jays’ lead never fell below 10 and reached as high as the final margin as the benches emptied as the quarter went on. Six Jays (led by Vorst’s 4) scored at least a point, while McCullough and senior Abbey Edwards (4 assists) led the Panthers with four each.
“We’ve been averaging around 22 turnovers a game, so we’ll take that any time; that’s our best effort of the season,” Schultz added. “We also have scored under 20 a few times this year, so we’ll take 34 at any time. We’ve been keeping games close but, as tonight, teams pull away at the end.”
St. John’s counted 5-of-7 freebies (71.4%); secured 20 off the glass (7 offensive) as Sydney Fischbach (3 dimes) added six; and 10 miscues and 12 fouls. They host Versailles Thursday in the Midwest Athletic Conference.