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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:39 PM


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CONVOY — The Lady Knights improved to 5-1 and stayed unbeaten at Ray Etzler Gymnasium with a 58-33 win over the visiting Fort Jennings Lady Musketeers on Monday night.

Crestview came out firing on all cylinders and moved out to a 15-0 lead before Jennings could get on the board. The Lady Knights canned four of six three-point field goal attempts in the opening quarter and ended the period with a 20-2 lead on the scoreboard.

“That’s exactly how you want to come out. You don’t plan on it being that lopsided of a score, but you want to come out and not turn the ball over and get some good looks,” noted Crestview head coach Greg Rickard, whose team didn’t commit their first turnover until halfway through the second quarter. “

The Lady Musketeers were just 1-for-9 in the opening eight minutes and turned the ball over on each of their first four possessions, allowing the Knights to effectively put the game away before Fort Jennings knew what hit them.

“We came out flat,” conceded Musketeers head coach Rhonda Leibrecht. “The intensity just was not there. We found it periodically in the second half, but there just wasn’t a consistent aggressiveness.”

The Lady Knights got started with Emily Bauer scoring in the low post. Kennis Mercer followed with a three-pointer from the top of the arc and Lindsey Motycka followed that with a hoops at the basket before she nailed a triple of her own. Mackenzie Riggenbach then knocked down a three to make it 13-0 and Riggenbach added another hoop with a layup with just under three minutes to play in the quarter. At that point, Fort Jennings was a combined 0-for-5 from the field with five turnovers. Crestview had gotten assists on five of their first six baskets.

“We pass the ball pretty well and we had a lot of open shots,” added Rickard. “I thought we did a great job of making the extra pass and finding the open person.”

While the shots were falling in the first quarter, Fort Jennings recovered in the second and defended well enough to hold the Lady Knights to 4 of 16 from the field and actually outscored Crestview 11-9 in the process.

“That’s something we’re really harping on them this year, is defensive intensity,” added Liebrecht of her team’s improved defensive effort in the second quarter. “Defensive intensity is where it starts.”

Rare is the team that plays well for all 32 minutes, but the mark of a good squad is one that can make adjustments on the fly. The Lady Knights came out in the second half and re-established themselves as the dominant unit and though they were just 1-for-4 from three-point range in the period, they shot 7-of-13 overall in the quarter. They also continued to crush the Musketeers on the glass, picking up nine total rebounds for the quarter to Fort Jennings’ five.

“We rebounded well and we should have. We were bigger than they were, but rebounding is all effort. I mean, there is some technique, but it’s more effort than anything else,” noted Rickard. “I though we did a good job of keeping them off the glass and we got quite a few offensive boards.”

They corralled 11 offensive boards, to be exact, with Bauer grabbing three of those as part of her 11 total rebounds on the evening.

The Lady Knights got a huge game by Motycka, who poured in 19 points and secured three rebounds while coming away with three steals. Bauer added 15 points to her double-figure rebounding effort and also chipped in three steals on the night. Mercer and Riggenbach each added eight points in the win.

Fort Jennings had one player, Erin Osting, reach double figure. She had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and added five rebounds. Emily Kehres led the Musketeers with six boards while adding three points.

Crestview shot 24-for-55 (43 percent) on the night while the Lady Musketeers were just 10-for-35 (28 percent) from the field.

The Lady Knights also claimed victory in the JV game, winning a 42-34 decision.

Score by quarters

Fort Jennings 2 11 8 12- 33

Crestview 20 9 16 13- 58

Fort Jennings (33) individual scoring

Gable 8, Lindeman 4, Calvelage 2, Clippinger 6, Kehres 3, Osting 10, Schimmoeller 0, Metcalfe 0

Crestview (58) individual scoring

Mercer 8, Riggenbach 8, Bauer 15, Motycka 19, Hicks 0, Crowle 0, Hartman 4, Grote 4, Guest 0, Zaleski 0, Bowen 0.


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