Crestview’s Terra Crowle grabs a rebound in a game at Ada Thursday. The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 46-35. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
ADA - Watching his squad's lead being cut to two, Crestview head coach Greg Rickard called timeout at the 3:13 mark of the second quarter as the Lady Knights were on top 17-15.
The timeout proved to be the turning point, as Crestview closed the half on an 8-0 run and followed by holding Ada scoreless the first five minutes of the third quarter en route to a 46-35 victory over the Bulldogs in Northwest Conference action Thursday.
Rickard stated the Knights just had to do a better job defensively, and the Lady Knights responded.
"It wasn't pretty tonight, that's for sure," commented the Knight mentor. "We knew they were going to be aggressive and they like to drive and we didn't do a good job of playing solid defense at times. Once we put our hands up and quit reaching or trying to block shots, we were able to get some stops on the defensive end."
While the Knight defense became a big factor, Crestview's offense finally started to click a little bit as well.
An Emily Bauer basket made it 19-15 before Terra Crowle picked up two straight buckets for a 23-15 advantage. Crowle then closed out the first half scoring with another basket as the Knights grabbed a 25-15 lead at the intermission.
"Terra came in and had a good offensive second quarter for us," Rickard added. "She hit some big shots for us and helped us to widen the lead a little bit."
Crestview also took advantage of its size as the Knights controlled the boards 35-22 in the contest, including 17-7 in the first half.
"We had a size advantage and we felt like we should be able to rebound the basketball," stated Rickard.
The Lady Knights pushed the margin to 28-15 early in the third quarter, as Emily Bauer connected on one of two free throws before adding a basket as well.
Taylor Willeke finally broke the Bulldog scoring drought, connecting on a trey at the 2:42 mark of the third quarter to get Ada within 28-18. Crestview went on to post a 30-20 advantage entering the final stanza.
Crestview opened the fourth quarter with a basket by Kirstin Hicks before Lindsey Motycka added a pair of charity tosses to push the margin to 34-20 before Ada would make one final run.
A pair of free throws from Tori Wyss along with baskets by Willeke and Lindsay Walden quickly pulled Ada within 36-31 but that would be as close as the Bulldogs would get.
Motycka answered for the Knights with a bucket off of a Kennis Mercer assist to put Crestview on top 38-31 before a Hicks foul shot made it 39-31.
Willeke converted an old-fashioned three-point play to get the Bulldogs back within 41-34 with 1:35 remaining but the Knights would seal the win from there.
Bauer hit a pair of free throws before Hicks chipped in one of two charity tosses. Mercer then concluded the scoring, posting two foul shots to set the final margin at 46-35.
"It's a good win for us to get on the road and to open up league play," concluded Rickard. "We've had some tough road games this year and the girls have done a good job of battling and finding ways."
Crowle led a balanced Crestview attack with 13 points, while Bauer chipped in nine. Mackenzie Riggenbach and Motycka added eight markers each, and Hicks recorded six. Bauer paced the Knights on the boards with a dozen, while Riggenbach picked up six and Motycka grabbed five.
Crestview finished the night 16 of 34 from the field (47 percent) and the Knights committed 18 turnovers. Ada was a chilly 11 of 47 (23 percent) and the Bulldogs had ten turnovers.
Willeke scored 15 points for Ada with Wyss adding eight markers. Alexis Amburgey and Walden posted six points each. Wyss and Willeke grabbed seven and five boards, respectively.
Crestview won the junior varsity game as the Knights posted a 35-30 victory.
The Lady Knights resume Northwest Conference action on Thursday as Crestview visits Delphos Jefferson.