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Monday, February 11, 2013 3:50 PM


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DELPHOS — Fort Jennings used a strong first period Saturday night at The Stage, outscoring host Jefferson 18-8 in the span.

The Musketeers then held on the rest of the way, securing a 60-51 non-league boys hardwood triumph over the Wildcats.


Freshman Trey Smith earned his first varsity double-double with 15 markers and 11 rebounds, while senior Zach Ricker netted 15 points. Junior Austyin Jettinghoff added 10.


“We started off slowly, which young teams sometimes do. Plus, we had a game the night before and Jennings didn’t; most coaches will tell you that’s a concern in that situation,” Jefferson coach Marc Smith noted. “That was the entire focus of our pre-game; get off to a quick start. We kept battling back but they hit a 3 to close the half for a 7-point game. They built it back up to double digits but we closed within three by the 4-minute mark of the fourth quarter. From then on, it was a 1- or 2-possession game until we had to start fouling in the last 30 seconds.”

The Wildcats began to rally in the second period but could on;y get within 29-22 by the end of the half. “We got off quickly and we played better for the entire game when we do so. I’m not sure why,” Fort Jennings mentor John Von Sossan said. “We’re much better when our seniors: Kurt Warnecke (16 markers) and Brandon Kohli (14); play well but that’s to be expected. When Chad (Recker) got hurt earlier this year, that was devastating to a team that didn’t have a lot of depth. It’s forced a number of younger players to get varsity time and they are learning, along with the other guys we have.”

The Musketeers answered with a 16-12 third period to seize a 45-34 lead heading into the ultimate quarter.

The Wildcats closed within those three points but couldn’t get any closer and eventually were forced to foul to lengthen the game.

Jefferson canned 15-of-42 shots, 1-of-12 downtown, for 45.7 percent and 20-of-23 foul shots (87.0%). They controlled 30 boards (8 offensive) and compiled eight turnovers and 19 fouls.

“We settled for too many jumpers in the early going and that cannot happen. We were much better at attacking the rim the second half and got to the line a lot more,” Smith added. “We were 20-of-23 at the line, which is a great mark. We just didn’t do it enough overall. Plus, they were 8-of-11 on 3-pointers. Most of them were contested and several were from way out, so give them credit for hitting them. That was the difference in the game. We’re getting healthier now, outside of not having Nick (Fitch due to surgery). Ross (Thompson) isn’t quite 100 percent from his surgery but he’s getting his feet under him.”

Fort Jennings downed 19-of-40 attempts, including a stellar 8-of-11 triples, for 47.5 percent and added 14-of-21 singles (66.7%). They concluded with 25 caroms (4 offensive), eight errors and 19 fouls.

Nick Von Sossan hit four bombs on his way to 16 counters for the visitors.

“Our shooting has been much better the last 12-13 games. In that span, the least we’ve shot was 42 percent; every game has been there or above,” Von Sossan added. “Again, it’s part of our learning process. For us, it comes down to us not getting enough shots to take advantage of our improved shooting. Turnovers weren’t a problem tonight but they have been. We also played a team that is in the same boat as us, with injuries, a lack of depth and a lot of youth and inexperience. We’ve both been struggling.”

Jefferson returns to action Friday at Bluffton and Fort Jennings visits Pandora-Gilboa Saturday.



Nick Von Sossan 16, Kurt Warnecke 16, Brandon Kohli 14, Connor Wallenhorst 7, Josh Wittler 4. Austin Kehres 3. Totals 11-8-14/21-60.


Austin Jettinghoff 4-1-10, Zach Ricker 3-9-15, Ross Thompson 3-2-8, Trey Smith 5-5-15, Dalton Hicks 0-3-3, Seth Wollenhaupt 0-0-0, Tyler Mox 0-0-0, Josh Teman 0-0-0. Totals 14-1-20/23-51.

Score by Quarters:

Ft. Jennings   18   11   16   15 - 60

Jefferson          8   14   12   17 - 51

Three-point goals: Fort Jennings 8-11 (Von Sossan 4, Warnecke 3, Wallenhorst), Jefferson 1-12 (Jettinghoff).

Assists: Fort Jennings 13, Jefferson 7 (Mox 3).

JV score: 26-25 (Jefferson).


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