DELPHOS — Despite injuries to a starter and two members of their
rotation, Paulding’s girls basketball team still had a size advantage
over host St. John’s Tuesday night.
The Lady Blue Jays overcame
that with defensive pressure out front to the Lady Panthers guards,
particularly in the second half. The result was a 42-30 Blue Jay triumph
in non-league action at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.
(5-6) struggled with Paulding’s 5-10 Briana Townley and 6-0 Faith Vogel,
especially in the first half as Townley netted 11 of her 16 points. The
Jays used a mix of 3-2 zone and man-to-man, while the Lady Panthers
(3-9) used almost exclusively 3-2 zone to try to not give them easy
The Jays shot 4-of-11 in the first to the Panthers’ 4-of-7.
They took the lead right away on a basket at the 7-minute mark by
Madilynn Schulte and got out to a 10-2 edge on a putback by Jessica
Geise at 4:24, forcing Paulding head coach Mark Rhodes to call timeout.
Townley scored seven straight points to get her team within 10-9 in her
inside basket at the minute-and-a-half mark.
With Townley scoring
four points and Vogel a basket, Paulding took its only lead of 15-14 at
4:32 on Vogel’s putback. However, the Jays retook it for good at 4:14 on
a pair of foul shots by Geise and they built the lead to 21-15 on a
Schulte basket before Vogel netted the final deuce with 88 seconds to
The Jays went back to straight man-to-man half-court in the
third period — at times extending it full-court — and bothered Paulding
to the tune of 10 turnovers. They limited Paulding to a mere five shots
(making 3) while netting 6-of-14 — led by five from Betty Vorst. When
Geise hit a long 2-pointer from the left wing at 33 seconds, the Jays
“We didn’t want (Townley and Vogel) to be able to come
down, set up and get the ball in the paint. When we let them do that,
they were effective,” St. John’s head coach Dan. J. Grothouse said.
“That’s why we even tried to use some zone to throw them off. We decided
to come out the second half and up the defensive pressure to try and
make them uncomfortable. That did the trick; it took them out of their
offense and allowed us to get some easier baskets. They played a nice
3-2 zone and we missed some open looks. We have to keep working to get
better and figure eventually those shots will start falling; that will
be a good thing.”
St. John’s continued its defensive pressure and
forced six more turnovers (26 total) to again percent Paulding from
getting many looks at the basket (2-of-5). Though they themselves only
hit 3-of-12, seven offensive boards also prevented the guests from going
the other way.
“Turnovers killed us, especially the second half.
Credit Delphos; they came out and put that pressure on our guards and
our youth showed,” Paulding head man Mark Rhodes said. “We’re moving
people in and out without Audrey (Manz), who would start, and two others
that have started (Cassidy Posey and Daviah Pessefall). We were showing
improvement in a lot of areas but turnovers remain a big problem for
In junior varsity action, Paulding’s Elizabeth Mobley capped
off a 12-point game with a pair of foul shots with 13 seconds left in
overtime for a 15-14 victory.
Both teams return to league action Thursday: St. John’s at New Knoxville (MAC) and Paulding entertaining Allen East (NWC).
McCullough 1-5 0-0 2, Faith Vogel 3-4 0-0 6, Allison Arend 1-2 0-0 2,
Kaylen Hale 0-1 0-0 0, Asia Arellano 0-1 0-0 0, Skyler McCullough 1-1
0-0 3, Briana Townley 7-10 2-2 16, Ashlynn Rice 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 13-26
ST. JOHN’S (42)
Hayleigh Bacome 2-7 2-3 6, Taylor
Zuber 2-6 0-1 5, Madilynn Schulte 5-12 1-2 11, Betty Vorst 4-15 1-2 10,
Ellie Csukker 0-1 0-0 0, Jessica Geise 4-7 2-2 10, Hannah Bockey 0-1 0-0
0. Totals 17-49 6-10 42.
Paulding 9 8 8 5 - 30
St. John’s 10 11 13 8 - 42
Field Goal Percentage: Paulding 50, St. John’s 34.7. Free Throw
Percentage: Paulding 75, St. John’s 60. Three-point Field
Goals/Percentage: Paulding 1-3/33.3% (Sk. McCullough), St. John’s
2-19/10.5% (Zuber, Vorst). Rebounds: Paulding 22/3 offensive
(Vogel/Townley 6), St. John’s 25/14 offensive (Vorst 7). Assists:
Paulding 8 (Sy. McCullough 4), St. John’s 9 (Zuber/Schulte 3). Steals:
Paulding 5 (Vogel 2), St. John’s 19 (Bacome 5). Blocks: Paulding 2
(Vogel/Townley 1), St. John’s 1 (Geise 1). Fouls: Paulding 11, St.
John’s 7. Turnovers: Paulding 26, St. John’s 12.