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Friday, December 27, 2013 9:16 PM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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ROCKFORD — Once Jefferson’s girls basketball team got the lead with 2:34 left in the opening period, they would not let it go, holding off host Parkway 49-40 in the fifth annual Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament held Friday afternoon at Parkway High School in Rockford.

In the opener, Fairlawn knocked off Lincolnview 56-45.

The two victors play in the girls finals at 6:20 p.m. today.

“This was one of the most consistent games we’ve played all year overall. We usually have one really bad quarter but we didn’t have that today,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman noted. “I felt we had good ball movement against their defense and the shots were in the scheme of the offense; we had very few 1-pass-and-shoot possessions, which is not to our liking.”

The Lady Panthers struggled from the field against the mixed Jefferson defenses, shooting 15-of-54 from the floor (1-of-9 beyond the arc) for 27.8 percent.

Something else left Parkway head coach Lynn Bihn disappointed.

“We had no effort, no enthusiasm, no intensity, nothing. I don’t know why,” she explained. “We’ve had an entire week of great practices: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We gave them Christmas Day off but this performance was totally unexpected. We did not play today like we practiced all week. I told the girls beforehand that we were going to need to play with heart but we didn’t.”

In the first 5:26 of the contest, there was a pair of lead changes — both teams struggled finding the range — and one tie: 9-9 at 2:46 on a triple by Parkway’s Kayle Heckler (7 markers, 5 boards, 4 steals). However, when Jefferson senior Rileigh Stockwell (16 markers, 6 boards) drove baseline for a deuce at 2:34, that gave the Red and White (3-6) an 11-9 edge, there were no more ties or lead changes. Stockwell followed with another basket at 1:28; after a putback by Parkway junior Lydia Heindel at the 20-second mark, Stockwell hit the second-of-2 free throws with 4.0 ticks on the board for a 14-11 edge.

The second period was a tight affair, with Parkway winning the eight minutes 10-9. The Panthers (3-5) got within 16-15 on a basket by senior Cami Hellwarth (11 points, 5 boards) with five minutes left but they could not wrest the lead away as the Wildcats held them off. A free-throw jumper by freshman Sarah Gehron with 40 ticks on the board got the hosts within 23-21.

Heindel picked up her third foul at 5:24 of the period.

As well, Jefferson 6-2 junior Stephanie Koenig came off the bench to put together a double-double: 11 blocks and 10 boards, neutralizing the inside game of the Panthers.

Parkway was not about to go away in the third stanza, twice getting within a point — the latter at 26-25 on 1-of-2 singles by Gehron at 4:40. However, every time they had a chance to take the lead, they couldn’t get the shots to fall or they turned it over. The Wildcats moved out to a 33-26 edge on a 3-ball by junior Brooke Culp (8 points, 5 dimes) at 1:45 but by the time Hellwarth hit two charity throws at 5.2 ticks, Parkway was within 34-30.

After Heckler put back a miss just 46 seconds into the fourth period, Parkway was within 34-32. However, the Lady Wildcats had a killer spurt — 8-2 — in the next three minutes to grab their biggest lead of 42-34 on a 3-point play the old way by Stockwell at 3:59. From then on, they used their quickness and spread the floor to force Parkway out of its zone and chase. As well, they salted the game away by hitting 6-of-8 freebies down the stretch (11-of-19 for the night for 57.9%).

“I don’t know what our single-game block record is but Shelby was huge off the bench tonight. She basically shut down their inside game, which allowed us to extend on their shooters a little bit more,” Hoffman added. “Defensively, we went to a 1-3-1 zone the second half to cut off Hellwarth’s penetration and we got a handle on her. Our rebounding as well was pretty good; we had good contributions from everybody we played, especially the bench, which is what we need.”

In sum, Jefferson ended up 17-of-44 shooting, 4-of-20 downtown, for 38.6 percent; grabbing 38 rebounds, 10 offensive, as senior Katie Goergens (14 points) added seven; 15 miscues; and 11 fouls. Senior Gabby Pimpas added three assists.

“Every time we threatened to take the lead, we’d make a crucial mistake — usually an unforced turnover — or not hit a shot,” Bihn added. “We got the ball inside but we didn’t adjust to the way the game was being called. I told the girls at halftime that they had to use shot fakes and such to get the big girl off her feet but we kept doing the same thing and the same result occurred.”

Parkway totaled 9-of-12 at the line for 75 percent; with 35 caroms, 15 offensive, as Heindel added nine and junior Terra Walls seven; 13 errors; and 19 fouls. They face Lincolnview in the opener at 3 p.m. today.

In the first game, Lincolnview (3-6) suffered the same fate as Parkway, shooting the exact same — 15-of-54 (4-of-20 downtown) for 27.8 percent.

“For the most part, I liked the shots we were getting; we just couldn’t get them to fall. That sometimes happens in high school basketball,” Lancer head coach Dan Williamson said. “They shot decent; we struggled to contain number 12 (Audrey Francis) and number 5 (Abbie Roe) and that was enough with the way we were shooting.”

It began early as they canned on a mere 1-of-12 shots against the Lady Jets in the first period. Fortunately for the Lancers, the Jets weren’t much better at 3-of-11. Thus, the biggest lead was 7-3 on a drive by Roe (20 markers, 5 boards) at 2:15. When Lincolnview senior Christine Stemen (12 markers, 6 caroms, 3 steals) hit two from the line at 1:46, the first-period scoring ended 7-5, Fairlawn.

The second period heated up on both ends as they split the canto 16-16. Lincolnview started to get more balanced scoring against the Jets’ man-to-man and 3-2 zone defenses — hitting 7-of-12 — while the Jets were 5-of-7 against the Lancer combination of defenses but also 4-of-7 at the line as the thin Lancers (only playing seven girls) started to get into some foul woes. The Lancers took a 13-11 edge on a basket by Julia Thatcher (12 markers, 3 assists, 4 boards) with five minutes showing but the Jets took it right back on a 3-point play by Olivia Tyler (8 rebounds). They led the rest of the half, up to five markers twice, before a horn-beating 19-footer by freshman Katie McClure (4 boards) got the Lancers within 23-21.

The lead was up for grabs most of the third period as there were four lead changes in the first 4:45. The final one was when Francis — a thorn in the Lancer side with a game-high 24 markers (12-of-18 at the line), 12 boards and five dimes — hit two singles at 3:15 that gave the Jets the lead for good at 32-31. That started a 7-0 mini-spurt to give the Jets a 37-31 cushion on a Francis drive but two Stemen freebies at 1:01 reduced that to 37-33.

The Jets scored the first basket of the fourth on a putback by Tyler on the first possession and the Lancers’ shooting eye went awry just when they needed to get hot. A 3-of-18 performance kept them from making a serious rally, along with 9-of-15 shooting from the line for the Jets (16-of-27 overall for 59.3%).

In sum, Lincolnview was 11-of-16 at the line (68.7%); nabbed 29 boards (14 offensive) as sophomore Ashton Bowersock led with nine; had 10 turnovers and 19 fouls.

“The one thing I was most disappointed in was our rebounding, which is all effort plays. I felt we matched up well with them up front, so that was a bit disheartening,” Williamson added. “Whether it was long bounces off missed shots or not boxing out or poor positioning, I don’t know, but I know we need to come back here tomorrow and give a better overall effort.”

Fairlawn notched 18-of-40 shots (4-of-12 3-balls) for 45 percent; 39 rebounds (10 offensive); 16 miscues and 14 fouls.

JEFFERSON (49)

Heather Pohlman 0-0-0, Brooke Culp 3-0-8, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0, Katie Goergens 5-2-14, Rileigh Stockwell 4-8-16, Gabby Pimpas 3-1-7, Shelby Koenig 1-0-2, Jasmine McDougall 1-0-2. Totals 13-4-11/19-49.

PARKWAY (40)

Cami Hellwarth 4-3-11, Sarah Gehron 1-1-3, Tori Rutledge 0-0-0, Kayle Heckler 2-2-7, Lydia Heindel 2-1-5, Ashlynn Henderson 0-0-0, Terra Walls 2-2-6, Sierra Fent 4-0-8. Totals 14-1-9/12-40.

Score by Quarters:

Jefferson 14 9 11 15 – 49

Parkway 11 10 9 10 - 40

Three-point goals: Jefferson, Goergens 2, Culp 2; Parkway, Heckler.

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LINCOLNVIEW (45)

Ashton Bowersock 2-2-6, Claire Clay 1-1-3, Katlyn Wendel 1-0-2, Katie McClure 1-2-4, Julia Thatcher 4-1-12, Hannah McCleery 3-0-6, Christine Stemen 3-5-12. Totals 11-4-11/16-45.

FAIRLAWN (56)

Brittany Hughes 0-0-0, Kelsey Oates 3-0-7, Abbie Roe 8-3-20, Olivia Tyler 2-1-5, Audrey Francis 5-12-24, Allison Watkins 0-0-0, Cheyenne Driskell 0-0-0, Madison Tyler 0-0-0, Mollie Roe 0-0-0, Kaitlynn Morrison 0-0-0, Megan Dudgeon 0-0-0. Totals 14-4-16/27-56.

Score by Quarters:

Lincolnview 5 16 12 12 - 45

Fairlawn 7 16 14 19 - 56

Three-point goals: Lincolnview, Thatcher 3, Stemen; Fairlawn, Francis 2, Oates, A. Roe.

 

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