|Third quarter dooms Lady ’Dawgs on Senior Night|
|Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:32 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
ELIDA — According to Elida girls basketball co-coaches Chrissy Billiter and Elise Jenkins, the Lady Bulldogs have been bedeviled by a bad quarter in almost all of their games, especially losses.
The trend held true Tuesday night versus Marion Local.
This night, it was the third period which saw the Lady Flyers outscore the Lady Bulldogs 17-2 to break open a 2-pooint halftime lead and led to a 50-34 non-conference Flyer triumph on Senior Night on the Union Bank Court of the Elida Fieldhouse.
Six Lady ’Dawgs played their home finales: Kylie Downton (6 markers, 8 boards), Cassidy Slusher (4 points), Ashley Lowry (4 markers, 5 steals), Torie McAdams (4 points, 2 blocks), Carly Stetter (3 counters, 4 caroms) and Lauren Nolan (2 markers).
“We usually play good for three quarters, like tonight. It’s that fourth quarter — tonight the third — that we have that kills us,” Billiter noted. “The girls know they have the talent to do this; it’s getting them to do it all the time. We can tell the girls everything but they have to carry it out. Right now, it’s getting five girls to have chemistry. We feel that games should be easy and practices hard but we’re trying to do things differently.”
Marion (16-4) led 22-20 to commence the third canto and ran off the first four — all by Brooke Winner (21 counters, 9 boards, 3 steals) — before Downton scored at 5:43, the hosts’ only tally of the stanza. That was just the beginning for the visitors. Winner scored seven more in the period as the Flyers controlled the Elida shooting (1-of-13, including 0-of-7 long range), then the boards 15-4 (4-2 offensive), which led to them getting into transition and shooting well (7-of-13). When Winner capped off her third-period explosion with a buzzer-beating layin in transition, they led 39-22.
The hole was too deep for the hosts to get out of. They finally broke their drought at 6:28 on a Slusher back-door but they couldn’t warm up enough in the finale — 6-of-18. Despite forcing eight Marion miscues (22 overall) with full-court pressure, the closest they could get was 15 twice.
Elida’s 1-2-2 half-court zone seemed to befuddle the Flyers — getting back 5-6 junior starting point guard Allie Thobe (11 markers, 3 assists) from injury — in the first stanza, forcing eight miscues. That led to them pushing the ball in transition but not many easy looks. It did lead to their biggest margin of the evening — 11-5 — on a Downton transition layin at 2:10. The visitors’ Emily Mescher (5 markers, 12 caroms) hit four straight: a third-chance basket at 1:45 and a short banker at 40 ticks; to close within 11-9.
The Flyers kept rallying and tied it at 14-14 on a 3-ball by Lexi Wilker at the 5-minute mark. Nolan and Wilker traded deuces, as did Winner and Slusher. Thobe sank a free throw but sophomore Bailee Kuhn gave the Lady ’Dawgs their final advantage of 20-19 on a 14-footer from the right lane at 1:35. Wilker tied it with a toss at 1:05 and when Thobe grabbed a mid-court steal and laid it in with 36 ticks showing, Marion had the lead for good at 22-20.
“It’s the same old, same old. We aren’t natural defenders,” Jenkins added. “When a team goes high-low, for example, we don’t defend it naturally. We even had our bigs in the game at the same time and still didn’t defend it. It comes down to the girls simply wanting to take what we show them in practice and do it in the games all the time, not just some of the time. We played a good first half and let it get away with a bad third.”
Marion Local ended up 19-of-45 from the floor, 1-of-7 from 3-land, for 42.2 percent and 11-of-18 from 15 feet (61.1.%). They dined on 44 caroms, 15 offensive, as Cadence Jacobs added six (4 dimes) and added 12 fouls.
Elida (9-11) notched 16-of-52 shots (1-of-15 trifectas) for 30.8 percent and 1-of-5 singles (20%). They accumulated 25 off the glass (9 offensive) as junior Abby Waddle added four, 15 turnovers and 18 infractions.
In junior varsity play, the Flyers (15-3) routed the Bulldogs (9-11) 53-23.
Guiding the Flyers were Macey Griesdorn with 20 and Sarah Fesenmeyer 12.
For the Bulldogs, freshman Hope Carter downed 10.
Elida finishes the regular season at Bath Thursday.
MARION LOCAL (50)
Kristi Moorman 0-0-0, Cadence Jacobs 1-0-2, Allie Thobe 4-3-11, Emily Bomholt 1-0-2, Rachel Rohr 0-2-2, Lexi Wilker 2-1-6, Allie Prueter 0-0-0, Brooke Winner 9-3-21, Emily Mescher 2-1-5, Rose Berning 0-1-1, Meredith Moeller 0-0-0, Sarah Fesenmeyer 0-0-0, Macey Griesdorn 0-0-0, Chloe Bertke 0-0-0, Taylor Nagel 0-0-0. Totals 18-1-11/18-50.
Brett Pauff 1-0-2, Kylie Downton 3-0-6, Abby Waddle 3-0-6, Cassidy Slusher 2-0-4, Ashley Lowry 2-0-4, Lauren Nolan 1-0-2, Torie McAdams 2-0-4, Carly Stetler 1-0-3, Bailee Kuhn 1-1-3, Hope Carter 0-0-0, Skylar Hurst 0-0-0. Totals 15-1-1/5-34.
Score by Quarters:
Mar. Loc. 9 13 17 11 - 50
Elida 11 9 2 12 - 34
Three-point goals: Marion Local, Wilker; Elida, Stetler.
MARION LOCAL (53)
Taylor Nagel 2-0-5, Morgan Ranly 1-0-2, Jessie Kramer 0-2-2, Shannon Bertke 3-0-6, Michaela Tangeman 0-0-0, Macey Griesdorn 7-6-20, Sarah Fesenmeyer 6-0-12, Chloe Bertke 1-2-4, Maddie Griesdorn 1-0-2. Totals 20-1-10/10-53.
Lauren Alexander 1-0-2, Courtney Siefker 1-0-2, Karmyn Martinez 1-0-2, Skylar Hurst 0-0-0, Mariah Wise 0-0-0, Hope Carter 5-0-10, Mallory Etzler 2-3-7, Kyleigh Gay 0-0-0. Totals 10-0-3/8-23.
Score by Quarters:
Mar. Loc. 10 8 17 18 - 53
Elida 8 6 5 4 - 23
Three-point goals: Marion Local, Nagel; Elida, none.