Warriors getting healthy, run past Shenandoah
VINCENT — Warren High got off to a great start and never looked back.
The 9-2 Warriors scored 12 unanswered points after the opening tip-off en route to a 65-34 triumph over visiting Shenandoah High in girls’ basketball action Thursday night.
“I think that was a key,” said WHS head coach Amy Colgrove of her team’s leadoff run. “There was a lot of energy out there. I thought this was one of our better efforts this season.”
In the first meeting, earlier in the season in Noble County, the Warriors downed the Zeps, 40-37.
“We were missing people the first time we played them, and we didn’t play well there,” Colgrove said. “Tonight, we came out with a lot of energy.
“We didn’t particularly shoot well and play great, but the energy and the tempo in the defensive end sparked it.”
Emily Jackson, one of four Warrior double-digit scorers, scored a team-high 14 points, 12 in the first half.
From the floor during the opening 16 minutes of play, the 5-foot-9 senior was 5-of-7.
“I was shooting OK, then a couple of my shots came up short,” Jackson said. “I think all the hype from the bench really got everyone up on the team.
“We work hard in practice, passing the ball, executing, and getting the ball up and down the floor. It was a good game for us. I’m really proud of how we’re doing.”
Kate Liston and non-starter Olivia Alloway added 12 markers apiece for the winners, while Molly McCutcheon, playing in only her second game of the season, netted 11, seven in the fourth quarter.
“Molly’s back and it’s great to have her back,” Jackson said. “She’s a big asset to the team.”
Shenandoah fell to 8-3 on the season with two of those setbacks coming to Warren. The Sean Beskid-coached Zeps were led by Taylor Franklin, who tallied 14 points, 12 in the second half. Brooklyn May chipped in with 12 markers.
SHS played the game without two of its starters — Faith Dimmerling (appendicitis) and Trysten Smith (knee). Kali Chiwak was also not available for action.
After Peyton Bowe’s two freebies, Jackson’s triple, and McCutcheon’s layup made it 7-0 Warren, Shenandoah called timeout at the 6:08 mark. When play was resumed, Liston got a bucket, and Jackson made a deuce and bonus free-throw to extend the Warrior advantage to 12-0.
About midway through the quarter, the Zeps got on the board on May’s bucket and bonus freebie. Franklin followed with a score to cut it to 12-5.
But the Warriors closed out the stanza with two threes, one each by Grace Way and Liston, to make it 18-5.
Colgrove gave Way a lot of credit for Warren’s opening offensive outburst.
“Grace did a phenomenal job at point guard and set the tempo,” the Warren boss said. “She was finding the open players.”
Sparked by six points apiece from Jackson and Liston in the second quarter, Warren stretched its lead to 38-11 at the intermission.
“We have some good shooters, and when we can get Emily with her feet set, she can knock them down,” Colgrove said. “We were able to find her.”
In the third quarter, the royal blue and white rout continued with Daisy Baker coming off the pine to score five points. Bowe had four herself as the Warrior lead bulged to 53-22 going into the final period.
McCutcheon had the hot had in the last quarter with seven points, and Warren basically won going away.
“We wanted to put up some numbers but I don’t think we’re scoring near what we should be,” Colgrove said. “I thought we felt a little bit more comfortable tonight with each other and playing a little bit better as a team than we have been in awhile.”