NEW MATAMORAS - Kelsea Daugherty and Corisa Fickiesen combined for 35 points Tuesday night as the Frontier Lady Cougars rolled to a 57-38 win over the Shenandoah Lady Zeps in a Pioneer Valley Conference contest at Hank Morus Gymnasium in New Matamoras.
The young Cougars put plenty of pressure on the much more experienced Zeps early on as they forced 18 Shenandoah turnovers in the opening half to build a 30-22 lead at halftime.
"It all started on the defensive end with our man-to-man defense," said second- year Cougar head coach Scott Murphy. "When you can play good half court defense like we did it leads to good things and we were able to finish on the other end."
MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Shenandoah’s Ashlee Wukelich (left ) looks to inbound the ball as Frontier’s Corisa Fickiesen defends during a prep basketball game in New Matamoras Monday.
Shenandoah could never seem to find any kind of rhythm against the Lady Cougar defense as it turned the ball over more times (18) in the opening half than it got off shots (16).
"We were in a big hurry in the first half and weren't very patient," said Shenandoah head coach Lynn Miley-Werry. "They (Frontier) executed, and we didn't."
Fickiesen scored 10 of her 17 points in the opening half including a three-point play with five minutes to play in the half that gave the Cougars a 22-13 lead.
FRONTIER 57 SHENANDOAH 38
Shenandoah 13 9 5 11 - 38
Frontier 14 16 12 15 - 57
Kaysey King 4-9 3-6 13, Taylor Arick 0-2 5-6 5, Blake Hall 4-11 2-2 10, Lorin Wheeler 0-1 1-2 1, Raechel Rossiter 2-7 2-4 6, Arica Rich 0-1 0-0 0, Ashlee Wuckelich 0-4 1-4 1, Lauren Dollison 0-0 2-2 2, Team Totals: 10-36 16-26 38.
Jenna Maston 1-3 5-6 7, Lexi Brookover 3-13 2-4 8, Emily Hinton 1-5 3-4 5, Corisa Fickiesen 6-11 3-3 17, Kelsea Daugherty 7-10 4-6 18, Carly Stricker 0-0 0-0 0, Nikki Haught 0-1 0-0 0, Sammi Morris 1-5 0-0 2, Team Totals: 18-43 16-23 57.
Shooting 10-36 (27.7 percent), Three-Point Shooting: 2-8 (25 percent) (King 2), Rebounds: 24 (Rossiter 7, Wukelich 6), Assists: 3 (Wukelich 3), Turnovers: 27, Steals: 13 (King 5) Team Fouls: 21.
Shooting: 18-43 (41.8 percent) Three-Point Shooting: 2-5 (40 percent) (Fickiesen 2), Rebounds: 33 (Daugherty 9, Brookover 8), Assists: 9 (Maston 2, Daugherty 2, Fickiesen 2, Brookover 2), Turnovers: 23, Steals: 16 (Maston 5, Fickiesen 4), Team Fouls: 19, Fouled out: Hinton.
Next games: Caldwell at Frontier Wednesday at 7 p.m., Buckeye Trail at Shenandoah, Thursday 6 p.m.
The Lady Zeps put together perhaps their best stretch of the game as they scored nine unanswered points to cut the Frontier lead to a single point with 2:31 to play in the half but the Cougars answered by finishing the first 16 minutes with a 7-0 run.
A basket by junior guard Kaysey King opened the second half for Shenandoah and Taylor Arick converted on one-of-two free throw attempts to cut the lead to 30-25.
That would be as close as the Zeps would get however as the Lady Cougars finished the quarter on a 12-2 run to open up a 15-point lead at 42-27.
After being limited to just six points in the opening half, Daugherty scored 12 in the second half with most of them coming from inside the paint.
The 5-foot-10 senior scored the first four points of the final quarter on assists from Sammi Morris and Fickiesen as the Cougars opened up a 46-27 lead.
"Our seniors (Daugherty, Fickiesen, and Emily Hinton) really played great for us tonight," said Murphy of the trio that accounted for all but 17 of the Cougar points. "They kind of put us on their shoulder and were able to attack the basket and when they can do that the sky is the limit."
The Lady Zeps had one last run in them as King drilled her second triple of the game to ignite an 11-3 run that cut the Frontier lead to 49-38 with a little more then two minutes to play, but once again the Cougars answered by finishing the game on an 8-0 run to wrap up their first victory of the season.
Daugherty led everyone with 18 points and nine rebounds while Fickiesen finished with four steals to go along with her 17 points.
Freshman Lexi Brookover chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds in her very first home varsity game.
King led the way for Shenandoah with 13 points while Blake Hall reached double figures with 10.
While most of the scoring came from the only three upper class men on the Cougar roster, Murphy felt the six sophomore and freshmen on his roster played very well in the first varsity action on the home court for most of them.
"Overall it was just a outstanding team effort across the board for us tonight," said Murphy. "Some of our "Diaper Dandy's" grew up a little bit tonight and it was fun to watch."
Miley-Werry looks to put the game in the past as she prepares her team for another big conference match up with Buckeye Trail Thursday night in Sarahsville.
"Its all about preparation and execution and offense and defense and we just didn't get the job done tonight," said Miley-Werry. "We can't do anything about tonight's game. We can't look back we just have to move forward."
The Cougars will next host the Caldwell Lady Redskins Wednesday evening.