ADA — A two-week layoff did nothing to dull the shooting eye of the Crestview girls basketball team om Thursday night at Ada. The Lady Knights shot over 60 percent from the field and also employed a tough defense to stifle the host Lady Bulldogs 75-35 and record a lopsided Northwest Conference win.

Crestview improved to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the NWC with their third consecutive victory. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs saw their three-game win streak snapped as they fell to 4-4 (0-3 NWC).

“We shot the ball well and moved the ball well,” said Crestview head coach Mark Gregory. “But it was our defensive effort from the get go, with our fullcourt press and halfcourt defense, that got us going. We were able to get some turnovers and then attack the basket. I was very pleased with our effort.”

Crestview put nine players in the scoring column, led by 20 from sharpshooting junior guard Lyvia Black. Freshman guard Lexi Gregory and junior wing Paige Motycka each netted a dozen points.

“We had a very balanced effort on offense,” Gregory said. “Paige did not have her best shooting night, but she played great defense and rebounded well.”

“We didn’t do anything well,” said third-year Bulldog head coach Bill Taflinger. “Our rebounding was bad and we did not shoot well, but we played hard.”

Crestview raced to an 8-0 start and never trailed after Gregory netted the first two baskets of the game. The Lady Knight fullcourt press forced five early Ada turnovers and seven overall in the opening quarter.

Black nailed a pull-up shot and swished a top-of-the-key 3-pointer just before the first quarter buzzer to give the visitors a 15-5 lead. Knight reserve guard Alyssa Gent banked in a triple to open the second period. A fast break lay in by Motycka extended the lead to 21-5.

Ada junior Maddie Gossard drained her second trifecta, then sank a putback 3-point play inside to cut the deficit to 25-12 3:32 before intermission.

Gregory then buried a triple from the top of the key. The heady guard later stole the ball and coasted in for a layup, then nailed a left side triple just before the half to give Crestview a 35-13 at intermission.

Black started a personal 11-point third quarter barrage by swishing a three from out top. Motycka rattled home a trey, then sank a transition basket. She added a pull-up 16-footer to make it 45-16.

Black then resumed her perimeter sniping. She drained a long right wing trey, then splashed a corner triple. Black hit her fourth straight outside shot on an 18-footer from the left corner, followed by two Avery McCoy foul shots, to cap a 14-0 flurry.

Bulldog senior guard Haley Wyss stopped the run with a free throw and a tough 16-foot leaning banker a second before the horn to pull Ada within 58-19. Gent continued the outside assault by drilling a pair of right wing triples early in the final stanza. Lauryn Black sank a pull-up banker, followed by an Emma Bowen putback layup.

Gossard knocked down a left corner trey and a backdoor layin to make the score 65-30. Lizzie Bowen netted a stickback inside, and Gossard responded by knocking down a trey. Lauryn Black hit a putback and canned a backdoor layup. Bowen ended the red-hot night by fittingly nailing a left baseline 16-footer shortly before time expired to provide the final margin of 40.

Gossard, who canned four three-point goals, was the only Bulldog in double digits with 17 points.

“We played hard, and it all started with good defense,” added coach Gregory.

Crestview knocked down 10 3-pointers among their 31 baskets. Ada sank only 11 field goals and hit on four triples, and converted nine of 17 free throws.

Hot-shooting Crestview won a two-quarter reserve game, 31-18.

Crestview, which plays eight of its first 11 on the road, visits Hicksville Saturday. Ada visits county rival Kenton Saturday afternoon.


ADA 35 (4-4, 0-3 NWC)

M. Gossard 6 1-1 17, Coulson 0 0-2 0, Wyss 2 4-6 8, Vore 1 1-2 3, Archer 1 2-4 4, Newland 0, England 0 1-2 1, Conley 1 0-0 2, Swick 0. Totals: 11/9-17/35.

3-pointers: M. Gossard 4.

CRESTVIEW 75 (4-4, 1-2 NWC)

Motycka 5 1-3 12, Lyv. Black 8 0-0 20, Gent 3 0-0 9, Al. McCoy 1 0-0 2, E. Bowen 1 0-2 2, L. Bowen 3 0-0 6, Av. McCoy 2 2-2 6, Gregory 5 0-0 12, Lau. Black 3 0-0 6. Totals: 31/3-7/75.

3-pointers: Ly. Black 4, Gent 3, Gregory 2, Motycka 1.

Cvw 15 20 23 17 75

Ada 5 8 6 16 35

JV: Crestview 31, Ada 18.