|Indians open with ‘W’ over Lady Jeffcats|
|Friday, November 22, 2013 9:11 PM|
DELPHOS — There were a number of reasons for Jefferson’s 64-42 opening-night girls basketball loss to non-league foe Fort Recovery Friday night at Jefferson High School — and they applied at various times.
The one constant was poor shooting for the night — 13-of-60 (2-of-13 downtown) for 21.7 percent.
“We had nine games last year where we shot under 29 percent from the field. We had some shots from the outside that didn’t fall; we just have to finish inside,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman explained. “We play way too scared the first half and had too many turnovers; then we didn’t get back quick enough to stop their transition and gave up way too many easy baskets.”
The Wildcats were minus a pair of 3-year letterwinners in Hannah Sensabaugh and Makayla Binkley due to off-season knee surgeries.
Fort Recovery head coach Doug Bihn was pleased with his team’s effort overall.
“We try to use our athleticism and feel we’re deeper than most of the teams we play,” he added. “We played with a lot of energy tonight; that is the key for us every night. We want a high tempo.”
Jefferson turnovers were a part of the problem in the first period against the Lady Tribe’s 1-3-1 3/4-court and half-court defense: the Lady Wildcats committed six of their 17 for the game in the span. If it hadn’t been for a 17-10 supremacy on the glass in the quarter (7-3 offensive), they’d have trailed much worse than the 13-11 they did. Both teams were looking to push the pace and extend their defense but the Indians only had two miscues (25 for the night) in the first period. Tori Lennartz netted five of her team-high 21 markers (9 boards, 3 assists) for the Purple and White but Red and White senior Rileigh Stockwell scored six of her game-high 22 (to go with 10 boards). It was fellow senior Gabby Pimpas who hit the 1st-of-2 singles with 17.4 ticks to go to reduce the visitors’ lead to 13-11.
Lennartz scored five in the second period but got a bit more help than her Wildcat counterpart: Stockwell notched five of her own, including the only two fielders the hosts made (out of 10 shots). They still turned it over seven times (5 for the visitors) but the Indians seized command of the glass 16-8 (9-2 offensive; winning the battle for the contest 58-39, 19-17 offensive). When Recovery’s Sierra Pugh (4 assists) notched a 3-point play with 27.2 ticks on the board, the guests led 30-18.
Delphos took supreme care of the ball the third period, not turning it over once. However, they could only can 5-of-20 efforts from the field. Early on, senior Katie Goergens hit a pair of 3-pointers (8 markers, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) around two singles by junior Brooke Culp (7 markers, 3 steals) to get within 30-26 at the 6-minute mark. However, Lennartz scored nine straight points (11 in the canto) and the Indians ran off a 24-8 spurt the remainder of the period. When Julie Wendel (8 counters, 6 caroms) hit a long two from the left corner with 6.0 seconds showing, the guests led 54-34.
Jefferson forced seven straight turnovers to open the finale (14 in the period) but could only counter with a Stockwell basket at the 7-minute mark to make it 54-36. They could not make it any closer from then on.
The Tribe finished 27-of-63 from the field, 4-6 of 6 triples, for 42.9 percent and 6-of-15 at the line (40%). Caley Schoenherr added 14 markers. Kendra Siefring and Cassidy Rammel led the guests with 11 caroms each. They concluded with 20 fouls and will host St. Marys Memorial tonight.
Jefferson finished 2-of-13 downtown and also struggled at the line, hitting 14-of-29 (48.3%). Junior Shelby Koenig added six boards and a pair of blocks. They finished with 12 fouls and host Antwerp tonight.
“We did a lot of things better the second half: we took care of the ball, for an example. We just struggled to shoot the ball,” Hoffman added. “We got to the line quite a bit, the same thing we did last year when we shot far more free throws than our opponents. We just have to make more. We also got outrebounded; we gave up way too many second and third shots. We have to come back out (tonight) and be better, especially in our guard play.”
In junior varsity action, Fort Recovery won 20-14.
Kirsten Jutte led the victors with nine points. For the hosts, sophomore Taylor Stroh netted four.
FORT RECOVERY (64)
Caley Schoenherr 6-1-14, Sierra Pugh 2-1-5, Kara Jutte 1-0-2, Haley Knapke 0-0-0, Julie Wendel 4-0-8, Kendra Siefring 2-1-5, Tori Lennartz 8-2-21, Cassidy Rammel 3-1-7, Kirsten Jutte 1-0-2, Katie Stammen 0-0-0, Jocelyn Kaiser 0-0-0. Totals 23-4-6/15-64.
Heather Pohlman 0-1-1, Brooke Culp 1-5-7, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0, Katie Goergens 3-0-8, Rileigh Stockwell 8-6-22, Gabby Pimpas 0-1-1, Shelby Koenig 1-0-2, Jasmine McDougall 0-1-1. Totals 11-2-14/29-42.
Score By Quarters:
Ft. Recovery 13 17 24 10 – 64
Jefferson 11 7 16 8 – 42
Three-point goals: Fort Recovery, Lennartz 3, Schoenherr; Jefferson, Goergens 2.
FORT RECOVERY (20)
Audra Metzger 0-1-1, Mikayla Post 1-0-2, Whitney Will 1-0-2, Chelsea Timmerman 0-0-0, Kelsey Evers 1-0-2, Hallory Leuthold 0-0-0, Tori Vaughn 0-0-0, Kasey Vogel 0-0-0, Kirsten Jutte 4-1-9, Jocelyn Kaiser 2-0-4, Grace Gehle 0-0-0, Devin Post 0-0-0, Katie Stammen 0-0-0, Logan Ranly 0-0-0. Totals 9-0-2/3-20.
Taylor Stroh 2-0-4, Mackenzie Hammons 0-0-0, Kelsey Berelsman 1-0-2, Lindsey Jettinghoff 0-1-1, Tori Black 1-0-2, Jessica Pimpas 1-0-2, Regan Nagel 0-0-0, Bailey Gorman 1-1-3. Totals 6-0-2/13-14.
Score by Quarters:
Ft. Recovery 4 1 13 2 - 20
Jefferson 7 5 6 5 - 23
Three-point goals: Fort Recovery, none; Jefferson, none.