DELPHOS — After a frantic, high-intensity first half (won by Delphos
Jefferson 36-32) it was all Lady Jeffcats in the second 16 minutes in a
77-49 Thursday night win over Spencerville. Jefferson finishes the
regular season at 11-11 overall and 6-2 in the Northwest Conference. The
Lady Bearcats are 7-15 and 3-5.
“We like that up-tempo game,”
said Jefferson coach Dave Hoffman. “That’s the way we play. We’re a lot
of pass the ball, kick the ball, one pass, and shoot. We’ve done that a
lot this season. This is my 35th year, and this is the first year that
I’ve been okay with it. I’ve kinda learned to live with that because
that’s the way they like to play, and basically it’s worked for us.”
junior Macy Wallace scored the last six points of the first half on a
corner 3-point shot and a 3-point play inside. That turned a 32-30
Spencerville lead into a 36-32 Jefferson lead at the break.
still close early in the third period — 41-37, Cats, with five minutes
left in the quarter — when Jefferson took over. Wallace (8 points) and
freshman Ayron McClurg (6 points) sparked a 16-1 run to make it 57-38
after three. The onslaught continued in the fourth period, which started
with a 15-2 Jeffcat run — 72-40 with 4:51 left in the game.
first half, especially the second quarter, was fun to watch. With both
teams pressing full-court, there were turnovers aplenty (10 by
Jefferson, 9 by Spencerville), but also some fine shooting by Jefferson —
13 of 23 from the field, including 3 of 4 from long range — and
outstanding rebounding by Spencerville — a big 23-10 edge. Those boards
allowed the visitors to stay close despite their ice-cold field goal
shooting — 11 of 35, including 3 of 14 from outside the arc.
was a great second half,” said Hoffman. “We didn’t get the job done off
the boards in the first half. They had a lot of second and third
rebounds. We allowed a little bit of dribble penetration. Once we
changed the defense and went to the box-and-one (junior Devyn Carder on
the Bearcats’ junior point guard Kaiden Grigsby), that helped us a lot.
We turned the ball over too much the first half, but we did settle down
in the second half, stepped up, made big shots, played a little bit
better defense on their dribble penetration, and hit the boards.”
scored at least 20 points in each of the last three quarters and ended
up with some superb offensive statistics — 56 percent (29 of 52) from
the field, including 47 percent (7 of 15) from three. Spencerville, on
the contrary, shot only 29 percent (17 of 58) from the field, 26 percent
(6 for 23) from long distance. Neither team was great from the line —
Delphos 57 percent (12 of 21), Spencerville 50 percent (9 of 18). The
Bearcats won the boards 36-26, although Jefferson out-rebounded
Spencerville 16-13 in the second half. Delphos had 15 turnovers,
The Jeffcats had four players in double-digits,
led by Wallace, who came off the bench to score 24. Junior Sarah Miller
added 14, despite sitting out a considerable amount of time with foul
trouble. McClurg and Carder added 13 and 10. Spencerville had three
double-digit scorers — freshman Nelaya Burden, Grigsby, and junior Jenna
Henline with 14, 13 and 11.
Jefferson, the Division III
district’s No. 9 seed, will play 7th-seeded Tinora at 6:15 Tuesday at
Lincolnview. Spencerville, the Division IV district’s No. 13 seed, plays
Marion Local, the 8th seed, at Allen East in Wednesday’s second game at
approximately 8 p.m.
Grigsby 13, Jenna Henline 11, Tiffany Work 1, Nelaya Burden 14, Julie
Mulholland 0, Sydney Shaffer 0, Kelsey Shaffer 3, Olivia Clark 0,
Abbygayle Satterfield 0, Brooke Bockey 2, Torie Bockey 0, Alex Carter 5,
Olivia Goeke 0, Allison Bowsher 0.
Wollenhaupt 0, Devyn Carder 10, Kelsey Bereslman 7, Ayron McClurg 13,
Sarah Miller 14, Sydnie McGue 0, Macy Wallace 24, Addy Stewart 8, Audrey
North 0, Michelle Rode 1, Savanna Barnes 0, Sierra Marlow 0.
Spencerville 10 22 6 11 - 49
Jefferson 13 23 21 20 - 77
field goals: SV - 6/23 (Henline 3, Burden 2, Grigsby), DJ - 7/15
(Carder 2, Wallace 2, Miller 2, Berelsman). Rebounds: SV - 36, DJ - 26.
Fouls: SV - 16, DJ - 15. Turnovers: SV - 19, DJ - 15.