|Lady ’Cats blitz Musketeers late|
|Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:31 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Jefferson used a late 12-1 run to finally pull away from Fort Jennings 59-47 Monday night before the ’Cat Pack at Jefferson High School.
The Wildcats (9-10) overcame poor shooting — 21-of-68 (2-of-16 downtown) for 30.9 percent — in outscoring the Lady Musketeers (2-18) 27-10 in the fourth period.
Guiding the Red and White was led by the senior tandem of Rileigh Stockwell with 28 (9 steals) and Katie Goergens with 15 (2 bombs).
The Musketeers received 15 counters from senior Cassie Lindeman and 12 each by senior Emily Kehres and junior Gabby Clippinger.
Jennings led 37-32 to start the fourth period but Stockwell caught fire (13 markers, 6 steals in the period), as did Goergens (9 counters). That duo — along with senior Gabby Pimpas — combined to score the first 13 markers in the canto to four by the Musketeers (deuces by Kehres and junior Jenna Calvelage), including a drive by Stockwell at 5:11 that gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 42-41, to take a 45-41 edge on a 3-point hoop-and-harm by Goergens at the 4-minute mark. Clippinger netted a single at 3:24 to stop the skein but the Wildcats, keyed by five turnovers (7 in the period, 30 for the game), put it away for good with a 12-0 span (5 each by Goergens and Stockwell, a back-door cut by junior Brooke Culp) for a 57-42 edge on a steal and basket by Stockwell.
“We had forced turnovers all game but we didn’t turn them into points. We had used a 2-2-1 most of the game but we switched to more of a 1-1-2-1 in the fourth,” Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman explained. “What that did was help us trap the sidelines better and take away the middle. Rileigh in particular started to anticipate that better, leading to steals and layups at the other end. We hadn’t taken away the next pass enough until then.”
Jefferson hit 10-of-15 shots in the period.
Fort Jennings coach Rhonda Liebrecht had seen the fourth-period collapse before.
“We have struggled handling the ball all year. We fully expect teams to pressure us,” she explained. “All year, we have preached to the girls about going to meet the ball and not letting it come to us; we work at it every day but it just hasn’t translated to the games. It’s like we’re still waiting for someone — like Ashley Gable, our primary ballhandler coming into the year — to do it for us and she’s not coming back.”
Jefferson didn’t start as it ended: they canned 3-of-20 in the first period (7-of-40 in the first half) but garnered 10 offensive rebounds, hit 5-of-9 freebies (15-of-26 overall for 57.7%) and forced six turnovers to keep the Musketeers from taking advantage. The Musketeers notched 7-of-11 shots in the period (19-of-45 overall, 6-of-9 downtown, for 42.2%). When Lindeman (6 points in the canto) laid one in with 24 ticks on the board, the guests led 16-11.
Clippinger hit a pair of treys as well.
Jefferson continued to apply full-court pressure in the second period and the Orange and Black struggled, turning it over 10 more times. The guests only managed fielders by Calvelage (1:53) and Clippinger (1:07). Still, because of its poor shooting, the Wildcats couldn’t really take control, leading 23-18 on a single by Goergens (6 in the canto) at 1:23. Clippinger’s deuce made it 23-20, Jefferson, at the half.
The Red and White did heat up some in the third period — 4-of-13 — but they also didn’t get the second shots as they had in the first half (15). Jennings took the lead at 30-27 on a 3-ball at 4:27 by Clippinger and erected their largest lead at 37-29 on a Lindeman triple at 1:00. The Wildcats began their rally with a toss from senior Jasmine McDougall (42.5 ticks) and a drive by senior Hannah Sensibaugh (10 seconds) to close the gap to 37-32.
“We ended up shooting a decent percentage because most of our later shots were layups. That helped us overcome earlier cold shooting,” Hoffman added. “We got a lot of extra shots and that helped but we couldn’t take advantage of that enough, either. Overall, outside of the shooting, I’m pleased with our effort tonight.”
The Musketeers hit 3-of-6 singles (50%) and secured 43 boards (9 offensive) as Kehres and Lindeman had nine and Clippinger six. Clippinger, Kehres and Calvelage dished there assists each. They totaled 22 fouls.
“We missed at least eight bunnies. It’s been another problem all year,” Liebrecht added. “I can’t make the shots for them. Again, we try to work at it every day but it just hasn’t happened. We will keep trying to get better but it’s a slow process, especially considering our injuries.”
Jefferson nabbed 36 caroms (19 offensive) as Goergens added nine and five each by Stockwell and Sensibaugh. They amassed 10 fouls and a mere eight miscues.
In the junior varsity contest, Jefferson won 42-29.
Leading the way for the victors (11-8) was Jessica Pimpas with 15.
For the Musketeers (6-14), Kasidy Klausing dropped 17.
Jefferson heads to Ottoville today in a makeup game from Jan. 25.
FORT JENNINGS (47)
Jenna Calvelage 3-0-6, Alyssa Schimmoeller 0-0-0, Keri Eickholt 0-0-0, Cassie Lindeman 6-1-15, Erin Osting 1-0-2, Gabby Clippinger 4-1-12, Emily Kehres 5-1-12, Kylie Jettinghoff 0-0-0. Totals 13-6-3/6-47.
Brooke Culp 1-0-2, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0, Katie Goergens 5-3-15, Rileigh Stockwell 10-8-28, Hannah Sensibaugh 1-0-2, Gabby Pimpas 2-2-6, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0, Makayla Binkley 0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 2-2-6, Jessica Pimpas 0-0-0. Totals 19-2-15/26-59.
Score by Quarters:
Ft. Jennings 16 4 17 10 - 47
Jefferson 11 12 9 27 - 59
Three-point goals: Fort Jennings, Clippinger 3, Lindeman 2, Kehres; Jefferson, Goergens 2.
FORT JENNINGS (29)
Madison Grote 2-0-4, Kylie Jettinghoff 1-0-2, Kasidy Klausing 6-3-17, Erin Eickholt 0-0-0, Abby Von Sossan 0-0-0, Haley Wittler 3-0-6. Totals 10-2-3/6-29.
Taylor Stroh 1-0-2, Mackenzie Hammons 2-0-4, Kelsey Berelsman 1-0-2, Lindsey Jettinghoff 0-0-0, Tori Black 4-1-9, Jessica Pimpas 7-1-15, Bailey Gorman 3-0-6, Heather Pohlman 0-0-0, Shelby Koenig 2-0-4. Totals 20-0-2/5-42.
Score by Quarters:
Ft. Jennings 6 2 13 8 - 29
Jefferson 10 15 6 11 - 42
Three-point goals: Fort Jennings, Klausing; Jefferson, none.