Lyv Lindeman of Jefferson breaks free of defenders after a steal and runs down the court. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Lyv Lindeman of Jefferson breaks free of defenders after a steal and runs down the court. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

DELPHOS — The Lady Cats had no trouble at all with Ada on Thursday night as they sailed to a 59-18 victory over their conference rival. With the win, Jefferson becomes the only team in the NWC without a loss and stands alone in first place.

Aly Lindeman connected on three from downtown and led the Wildcats with 19 points. Lyv Lindeman racked up 16 points in the victory and Josie McGue provided 10.

Jefferson head coach Denise Lindeman has been preaching defense all season long and that was self evident in the opening quarter as they held Ada scoreless on Senior Night.

“Delphos is a great team,” said Ada third-year head coach Morgan Bass. “They played the best defense we’ve seen all year. We felt their pressure and struggled to find shot opportunities at times. We played hard until the final buzzer, which is all I ever ask for.”

The Lady Cats opened the game on an 18-0 run the stretched into the second quarter. Aly Lindeman scored the first six points for Jefferson, including a 3-pointer with 5:45 to go in the first period. Lauren French got in on the action with a nice layup after a turnover and McGue followed through with a put-back jumper to make it 10-0, Cats.

“Our defense is solid,” said coach Lindeman. “Tonight, the girls made that extra pass and everything clicked on offense. I’m so proud of our girls and our seniors did a fantastic job. These girls work hard in practice and I can’t ask for much more from them.”

Lyv Lindeman started the second quarter with a 3-pointer from the left wing and pushed the lead to 16-0. Courtney Sumner hit a triple with 5:30 left in the half and gave the Bulldogs their first points of the game and made it 18-3. The Wildcats went on a 9-0 run before Ada scored their next bucket with 2:30 on the clock.

Megan Light connected on a jumper and Sumner nailed another 3-pointer to cut Jefferson’s lead to 27-8 at the break. Sumner entered the contest as the Bulldogs leading scorer and was held to just three free throws in the second half, finishing the game with nine points.

Ada turned the ball over to open the third quarter and Lyv Lindeman took advantage to bring Jefferson’s advantage to 29-8. The Lady Bulldogs responded with a 3-pointer from Olivia Burkhead but the Cats were not shaken. Jefferson continued to pour it on and held a 30-point lead as they entered the fourth quarter.

The Wildcat defense was dynamite in the final eight minutes, holding Ada to only one point. Aly Lindeman and McGue each hit a 3-pointer in the quarter as Jefferson concluded the game with a 59-18 victory.

“Our next five games are going to be really tough,” coach Lindeman added. “We will start preparing for Shawnee tomorrow and look to improve every single day.”

With the Wildcats win and Paulding’s loss to Bluffton, Jefferson stands alone at the top of the NWC with a record of 11-2 (3-0 NWC) and will travel to Shawnee, who is 8-2 (2-1 WBL) on Tuesday. Ada falls to 2-7 (1-3 NWC).

Ada 0 8 9 1 - 18 - 18

Jefferson 11 10 20 12 - 59

Ada (18)

Courtney Sumner 9, Kirsten Poling 4, Olivia Burkhart 3, Megan Light 2

Jefferson (59)

Aly Lindeman 19, Lyv Lindeman 16, Josie McGue 10, Lauren French 6, Kaylee Buzard 4, Mallory Bridges 4