|Lady Wildcats shoot down Jets in Chatt championship game|
|Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:04 PM|
ROCKFORD — The Jefferson Lady Wildcats stymied Fairlawn 56-35 in the title contest of the Rockford Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament.
The Wildcats were led by the trio of senior Katie Goergens — the girls all-tournament MVP — with 16, junior Brooke Culp with 13 and senior Rileigh Stockwell — also named to the all-tourney team — 12.
The Lady Jets were paced by Audrey Francis with 21. The Lady Wildcats (4-6) limited the Lady Jets to 12-of-37 shooting (3-of-12 beyond the arc) for 32.4 percent versus their own 20-of-45 (6-of-22 long range) for 44.4 percent.
““We’re playing better and better. Offensively, we’re moving the ball well and not settling for the first shot; we’re shooting within the offense,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman began. “The last five games, we have really figured out what we have to do to be effective offensively and it’s showing in the shooting percentages. We’re getting more contributions, too, especially from our bench. They are giving us good minutes and playing well.”
Both teams were looking to push the pace from the start but the Jefferson full-court pressure found that more to its liking, forcing nine turnovers (19 for the game). They shot 5-of-12 and when Culp buried a 3-ball from the left wing at 2:21, the Wildcats took the lead for good at 11-8. Culp added a steal/layup-and-1 at 1:43 before a free toss by Francis — who scored eight in the canto — at 2.9 ticks put the scoreboard at 14-9, Delphos.
When Francis hit a basket at 6:45 of the second period, the Jets were within 17-13. The rest of the quarter belonged to the Red and White. Goergens scored seven in the period (2 bombs) and senior Lindsay Deuel came off the bench for five as they pulled away. They forced another four turnovers and also ruled the offensive glass with six extra chances (11 for the game). When Culp put back an offensive rebound with 37 ticks showing, the Delphos lead was 32-21.
Fairlawn’s Abbie Roe — who scored 20 against Lincolnview in Friday’s victory but was held to six by the Jeffcats — scored a basket on the first third-period possession and Francis dropped a deuce at the 6-minute mark to get the Jets within 32-26. However, that was their last hurrah. Goergens netted a third-chance shot at 5:30 and that fueled a 12-3 span to put the Wildcats up 44-29 on a Culp follow-and-1 at 1:54. Francis dropped a 3-pointer from the right wing at 23 seconds to reduce that deficit to 44-32.
Goergens put the Wildcats up 46-32 on their third possession of the fourth period and then Hoffman had his charges take their time and force the Jets out of their zone and into a man defense. When the Jets needed to heat up, they went 1-of-8, while the Wildcats were 5-of-8 to salt the game away.
Though Francis did score 21, Hoffman was pleased with his team’s defense.
“She’s a great player. We started out in man to try and keep an eye on her; she hurt us early but we did better as the game wore on,” Hoffman added. “We also used a 1-3-1 and that cut down on her penetration to the basket; she also couldn’t create for anyone else. We did not want her to beat us.”
Fairlawn ended up 8-of-14 at the line (57.2%); secured 28 boards (9 offensive) as Francis had nine; and 16 fouls.
Jefferson concluded with 10-of-17 free throws (58.8%); with 31 boards as Goergens had seven and Stockwell and senior Jasmine McDougall had four each; and with 13 fouls and 11 turnovers.
Jefferson visits Edgerton 1 p.m. Saturday.
In the first game of the day, Lincolnview’s girls held off the host Lady Panthers 48-45 to secure the consolation contest.
Guiding the Lady Lancers (4-6) were all-tourney picks in senior Christine Stemen with 15 and junior Julia Thatcher (4 steals) 13.
Senior Sierra Fent — named to the all-tourney team — was high scorer for the Lady Panthers (3-6) with 14 and classmate Cami Hellwarth with 10.
“We had a better effort overall today than Friday. I am proud that the girls responded,” Lancer coach Dan Williamson said. “Fent was a load for us but for the most part, we contained her; that was the first goal for our defense. Secondly, we had to contain their guards’ penetrating to the basket and we basically did that. It came down to effort.”
Parkway led 35-30 to commence the fourth but the Lancers’ defense — mixing between man and 2-3 zone — began to bother the Panthers, forcing seven miscues (21 overall). That helped them chip away at the deficit and they tied it at 40 on a 3-ball by junior Julia Thatcher (all-tourney team) from left of the key at 2:51. Another trifecta, this one by senior Christine Stemen (all-tourney team) from the right corner at 2:10, gave them the lead for good. After Stemen hit 1-of-2 at the line at 1:12, senior Cami Hellwarth buried a left-wing bomb at 40 seconds, it was 44-43, Lincolnview. Thatcher drained a pair of tosses at 36.3 ticks but Hellwarth put back her own miss at 19 seconds, with Hughes calling her final timeout with 18.3 ticks showing, to get within 46-45. Thatcher was again fouled at 16.4 and calmly drained both freebies for a 3-point lead. Hellwarth’s three with time running down was off the mark and freshman Katlyn Wendel collected the carom for the Lancers as time expired.
Thatcher exploded for 12 points in the finale.
“Julia is our go-to player when we need a big basket or a key play. She hit the free throws to keep us ahead and came up big in the fourth,” Williamson added. “What was nice today was we had contributions fro everybody in one fashion or another. It may not always go in the scorebook but without those little things, we don’t win.”
Parkway made a concerted effort to get the ball inside to Fent and junior Terra Walls from the word go and had mixed success. Lincolnview’s man and zone defenses also had varying success denying them the ball but they got hurt on the defensive glass; Parkway grabbed five offensive boards in the first period (14 for the game). Both teams struggled from the field — Lincolnview 2-of-10 and Parkway 4-of-14 — so when Thatcher hit 1-of-2 singles at 1:34, the score stood 8-8.
The offenses picked up some in the second stanza but not a whole lot. The Panthers held the lead for a while — up to three points twice, the latter with five minutes left in the period — before the Blue and Gold outscored them 6-0 the rest of the span, capped by a 10-foot baseline jumper by Stemen with 30 ticks showing, for a 20-17 edge.
Parkway coach Lynn Hughes re-emphasized getting the ball to Fent in the third period and her troops responded; she scored 10 of the team’s 18 as the Black and Gold led 35-30 on her layup off a Ashlynn Henderson (3 assists) lob at 17 seconds.
Lincolnview canned 17-of-40 shots, 5-of-10 downtown, for 42.5 percent and 9-of-15 charity throws (60%). They nabbed 21 boards (5 offensive) as junior Hannah McCleery (5 assists) had five and finished with 14 errors and 10 fouls. They play Kalida Jan. 7.
Parkway downed 20-of-49 shots (3-of-9 triples) for 40.8 percent and 2-of-5 at the line (40%). They procured 36 caroms as Fent had nine and freshman Sarah Gehron (3 steals) five. Junior Kayle Heckler added three assist. They totaled 18 fouls and will play at Versailles Thursday.
Brittany Hughes 0-0-0, Kelsey Oates 1-0-3, Abbie Roe 2-2-6, Olivia Tyler 0-0-0, Audrey Francis 7-5-21, Allison Watkins 0-0-0, Cheyenne Driskell 1-0-2, Mollie Roe 0-0-0, Madison Guinther 0-0-0, Kaitlynn Morrison 0-0-0, Megan Dudgeon 0-0-0. Totals 9-3-8/14-35.
Heather Pohlman 0-0-0, Brooke Culp 5-2-13, Lindsay Deuel 2-0-5, Katie Goergens 6-1-16, Rileigh Stockwell 3-6-12, Gabby Pimpas 2-0-5, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 1-1-3. Tori Black 1-0-2, Jessica Pimpas 0-0-0. Totals 14-6-10/17-56.
Score by Quarters:
Fairlawn 9 13 10 3 - 35
Jefferson 14 18 12 12 - 56
Three-point goals: Fairlawn Francis 2, Oates; Jefferson, Goergens 3, Culp, Deuel, G. Pimpas.
Ashton Bowersock 2-0-4, Claire Clay 2-0-4, Katlyn Wendel 2-2-6, Katie McClure 0-0-0, Julia Thatcher 3-5-13, Hannah McCleery 3-0-6, Christine Stemen 5-2-15, Grace Gorman 0-0-0. Totals 12-5-9/15-48.
Cami Hellwarth 4-1-10, Sarah Gehron 4-0-9, Zoey Pond 0-0-0, Tori Rutledge 0-0-0, Kayle Heckler 2-0-5, Lydia Heindel 0-1-1, Ashlynn Henderson 0-0-0, Terra Walls 3-0-6, Sierra Fent 7-0-14. Totals 17-3-2/5-40.
Score by Quarters:
Lincolnview 8 12 10 18 - 48
Parkway 8 9 18 10 - 45
Three-point goals: Lincolnview, Stemen 3, Thatcher 2; Parkway, Hellwarth, Gehron, Heckler.