Seniors lead Lady Musketeers to win
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:12 PM
By JIM METCALFE
FORT JENNINGS - Fort Jennings celebrated Senior Night for a trio of seniors playing their final home games at The Fort, handing visiting Jefferson a 56-34 loss.
Senior Macy Schroeder turned in a strong all-around game: 13 points, seven assists, six steals and five boards. The other two seniors put in double-doubles: Gabbi German added a team high 14 markers and 10 boards and Gina Stechschulte had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Musketeers (8-12) also held the Lady Jeffcats (7-14) to 21.8-percent shooting: 12-of-55; in breaking a four game losing streak against the Lady Cats.
The lone Jefferson player in double digits in scoring was junior Rileigh Stockwell with 12. Junior Gabby Pimpas added nine.
The Wildcats had the better of the early proceedings against the Jennings' man-to-man defense, building a 9-6 edge on two singles by Stockwell at the midway point of the first period. The Musketeers had the better of the rest of the quarter against Jefferson's mix of zones but not by much, getting the lead for good at 13-11 on a fourth-chance putback by Stechschulte at the 24-second mark. When junior Katie Goergens hit the second of a pair of throws at 11.8 ticks, that made the first-period score 13-12, Fort Jennings.
Schroeder, held scoreless in the first quarter, erupted for all 13 of her points in the decisive second, netting three straight trifectas in the first three minutes to help the Musketeers build a 24-15 edge. The Wildcats struggled offensively, hitting 3-of-10 shots, while the Musketeers canned 9-of-20. They continuously built a bigger lead, as much as 36-17 on a layin by Erin Osting off a penetration move by Schroeder at 30 seconds. However, junior Makalya Binkley hit a jumper from the right elbow with 13 ticks left for a 36-19 halftime edge.
"You can't give up 36 points in a half. I was disappointed with our defensive effort the first half. We were not good in the first half," Jefferson mentor Dave Hoffman said. "We've been much better defensively this year than we showed tonight. We were a little better the second half but we had dug ourselves too deep of a hole by then."
The Musketeers hit 15-of-42 shots in the half but had 16 offensive rebounds. The Lady Wildcats had nine of their own but hit 7-of-24 fielders.
"I'm sure our effort was helped by Senior Night; we just came out with a lot of emotion and enthusiasm," Jennings coach Kevin Horstman noted. "All you can ask is to play hard; you're not always going to make good decisions but you can play hard. We kind of refocused ourselves on that lately."
The Wildcats managed to slow down the Musketeer attack in the third period, limiting them to 10 markers. However, the Red and White couldn't put together much scoring of their own, hitting a mere 2-of-14 shots from the field. The closest they could get was 40-26 on a single by Stockwell at 3:35 but the Musketeers finished the period on a 6-0 spurt, capped by a transition layin at the buzzer by German (dish by Schroeder) for a 46-26 edge.
The only decision left in the fourth period was the final margin of victory. The largest lead by the hosts was 23 and the least was 18.
In sum, the Lady 'Cats ended up 2-of-17 beyond the arc; 8-of-20 from 15 feet (40%); with 44 caroms, 22 offensive, as Goergens and sophomore Brooke Culp had eight each and Stockwell and 6-2 sophomore Shelby Koenig added seven each; with 16 errors; and 11 fouls. They host Bluffton in a Northwest Conference clash Thursday to finish the regular season.
"Offensively, we struggled again but that has been a problem all too often this season," Hoffman added. "We didn't help ourselves by giving up all those second and third shots; we didn't finish off any good defense we played. We also missed a lot of free throws, which has been a problem at times this season. Overall, we didn't play a good game."
"We were very active on the offensive boards; that really helped us tonight," Horstman added. "We played with a lot of confidence from the start tonight. Whomever we put in seemed to help right away. That kind of confidence carries over. If things aren't going so well, that might not happen, but they saw good things going on before they got in."
In junior varsity action, Jennings improved to 9-8 as they handed Jefferson (6-14) 30-24.
Sophomore Gabby Clippinger led the Musketeers with 10 counters, while freshman Bailey Gorman topped the Lady 'Cats with 11.
Brooke Culp 2-0-5, Katie Goergens 0-1-1, Rileigh Stockwell 3-6-12, Hannah Sensibaugh 1-0-2, Gabrielle Pimpas 4-1-9, Shelby Koenig 0-0-0, Makayla Binkley 2-0-5, Brooke Hesseling 0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 0-0-0. Totals 10-2-8/20-34.
FORT JENNINGS (56)
Jenna Calvelage 1-0-2, Alyssa Schimmoeller 1-0-3, Macy Schroeder 5-0-13, Hannah Clay 0-0-0, Ashley Gable 2-1-5, Cassie Lindeman 1-0-2, Gabbi German 6-2-14, Erin Osting 1-0-2, Gabby Clippinger 0-0-0, Emily Kehres 2-0-4, Alyssa Louth 0-0-0, Kelsey Klausing 0-0-0, Gina Stechschulte 4-3-11. Totals 19-4-6/15-56.
Score By Quarters:
Jefferson 12 7 7 8 - 34
Ft. Jennings 13 23 10 10 - 56
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Culp, Binkley; Fort Jennings, Schroeder 3, Gable.
Taylor Stroh 0-0-0, Heather Pohlman 0-0-0, Lindsay Deuel 0-0-0, Brooke Gallmeier 0-0-0, Shelby Koenig 2-2-6, Tori Black 0-1-1, Jessica Pimpas 2-2-6, Bailey Gorman 4-3-11. Totals 8-0-8/14-24.
FORT JENNINGS (30)
Kelsey Klausing 0-0-0, Min Metcalfe 0-0-0, Alyssa Louth 3-0-8, Erin Osting 2-0-4, Gabby Clippinger 4-0-10, Hannah Clay 1-0-2, Jenna Calvelage 1-0-2, Keri Eickholt 1-0-2, Jessica Young 3-0-6, Kasidy Klausing 2-0-4, Kylie Jettinghoff 0-0-0, Madison Grote 0-0-0. Totals 12-2-0/10-30.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 0 11 2 11 - 24
Ft. Jennings 2 6 7 15 - 30
Three-point goals: Jefferson, none; Fort Jennings, Clippinger 2.