|Tribe bombs Lady ’Dawgs out of tournament|
|Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:45 PM|
In the nightcap, Wapakoneta ousted St. Marys Memorial 53-31.
Despite Shawnee (10-13) and its deep-shooting prowess (15-of-31 from downtown for 48.4%), the Lady Bulldogs (8-15) stayed with their Western Buckeye League colleague to the very end. After battling to a 38-all tie, in which the Indians were 10-of-16 from 3-point land, the third period continued a back-and-forth trend, with both units taking turns with the lead. The Bulldogs held their last lead of the night — and, as it turned out, the 2012-13 season — at 45-44 on a deuce by Kylie Downton (14 markers) midway through the stanza. Shawnee retook it back on a Britt Lauck (17 markers, including 4 bombs) deuce shortly after. That jump-started a closing 11-5 spurt, including a 3-ball from the right wing by Rachel Evans (12 counters on 4 treys) 2.1 ticks before the horn, for a 55-50 edge.
In Tribe kept up that surge into the final period, building a 62-53 edge on a 3-ball by Lauck at 4:43. Back came the Lady Bulldogs. Senior Osha Owens (14 markers) hit a 12-foot baseliner at 4:29 to start the rally and when Torie McAdams (11 points) hit a fourth-chance basket at 55 ticks, they were within 65-61. However, despite forcing two more turnovers down the stretch, the Bulldogs could not convert on the other end.
“We expected them to shoot a lot of threes; we just didn’t expect them to shoot 50 percent. They have so many shooters, even some we really didn’t expect to shoot them; our scouting reports told us that,” Elida co-coach Elise Jenkins noted. “We just couldn’t cover them all adequately in our defense. They were stepping into them very well and getting a lot of open ones.”
Shawnee coach Jeff Heistan wasn’t surprised, either.
“That is our game plan; get out and run and get shots. They just happened to be threes tonight,” he explained. “When we played them earlier this season (a 3-point loss), we simply couldn’t make anything; girls you saw hit shots tonight didn’t then.”
The first period was the most engaging and featured numerous lead changes, with both teams firing away and looking to push the tempo at a furious pace. McAdams and Downton led Elida with six each, while Evans knocked down a pair of triples for the Indians. Despite the Tribe shooting 5-of-8 trifectas, the Bulldogs led 22-19 on a layin by McAdams with 20 seconds showing.
The game continued at a furious pace in the second stanza as both teams played clean games (10 fouls for Shawnee overall to 11 for Elida). Isabelle Baird hit three bombs for the Tribe and Lauck added eight markers as once again, both teams had numerous turns with the lead. On the other end, Sabrina Kline (14 counters) had six points and Owens five. When Kline hit a transition layin 3.1 ticks before the horn, the score was tied at 38-all.
“The last couple of minutes is what we’ve been searching for all year. We played with such intensity; it just didn’t work out,” Jenkins added. “If we only could have played like that the rest of the game, it’s a different story. However, we want the girls to take what we did this year into the off-season and not the loss. I feel we have re-established Elida basketball and have it going in the right direction, which is what we wanted to do at the start of the season. We have a lot of young girls that got a lot of playing time this year.” Overall, Shawnee was 23-of-51 shooting (45.1%) versus Elida’s 26-of-60 (6-of-18 long range) for 43.3 percent.
Shawnee will play Celina in game 1 Saturday night (6:15 p.m.). In the nightcap, the victorious Lady Redskins (12-10) dominated the first half 30-6 en route to the easy triumph.
Leading the way for the Redskins were Megan Watt (15 counters, 5 steals) and Sara Warner (12 points, 5 thefts). They drained 24-of-61 shots, 2-of-15 long range, for 39.3 percent and 3-of-6 freebies (50%); adding 39 rebounds, 18 offensive, as Carly Buzzard and Riley Culver led with seven each; and a mere eight miscues and 12 fouls. Maddi Stiles dished off four assists. Wapak will battle top-seeded Bath in the nightcap Saturday.
On behalf of the Lady Roughriders (3-19), Molly Albert was high scorer with 10. They connected on 13-of-41 shots (1-of-13 beyond the arc) for 31.7 percent and 4-of-8 singles (50%); dragged down 31 boards, 10 offensive; and totaled 20 miscues and eight fouls.