Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Route 35 neighbors Twin Valley South and Dixie squared off on Monday. Despite a near even first quarter (11-9 Dixie) where the competition was keen, Dixie rose to shake off South’s challenge and extended their lead to win going away in the second half. Dixie’s defense was spot on in the third quarter where they limited South to a single basket. When the final horn sounded it was a consummate victory for the Hounds 50-21. South was lead in scoring by freshman Mylan Crews with 9, while Dixie’s Ashley Leis scored 13.
South’s coach Mabry, “I thought we played well early – we tried some new things defensively to get Dixie off balance. We also tried some new rotations with the girls. We’ve struggled offensively trying to find a rhythm. The girls need to learn that sometimes they need to be a little patient. We need to work the ball around a little bit and execute a little better.”
He continued, “I know we are a young team – starting a freshmen, a couple of sophomores and a junior that hasn’t played since junior high. But it’s the middle of season and we should be catching on more. Now we do play well in spurts, we had some good minutes against Mississinewa Valley. We don’t have much of an inside game, but we need to flash to the post and kick it out if the defense collapses on us. Doing little things like that can help.”
Newton: “Newton has been playing pretty good lately. They are fairly athletic. We will have to see how we match up.”
Dixie’s coach Crowe, “We played our last JV game on Saturday. They have lost 3 girls this season, so we are playing varsity only the rest of the way. South – I have to give them credit, they came out to play in the first quarter. They matched our energy, but I thought they were a lot more intense – they were flying after loose balls and all. But as the game progressed, I thought that our girls got into the flow of the game. In the second half, we just kind of took over. It might have been the day off school, but it took a while to get them motivated.”
Shell and Leis: “Cassidy Shell has been a real leader this year. She went from scoring like 2 points a game last year to this year where she is averaging about 12 points a game. She has really elevated her level, she is a senior that we are going to miss this year. Ashley Leis is a junior and I thought she did a good job of attacking the basket. She got a lot of good looks close to the rim and knocked down 2 3’s. She’s another kid that elevated her play here halfway thru the season.”
Carlisle: “It should be a good match up. We are in third place in the division and they are in 4th. So it should be a pretty tight game. It’s funny that we have played several teams in our division twice already, but this will be our first game against them.”
Scoring for Dixie: Joo 4, Wylie 2, Shell 12, Morrison 4, Leis 13, Honeywell 5, Kilbarger 2, Berkte 8. Scoring for TVS: Crews 9, Hutchins 5, Creech 2, Keener 4, Newhart 1.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
If you were hoping to see offensive fireworks at the Twin Valley South gym, you were disappointed. But if you wanted to see gritty in your face defense, there was a ton of it on Friday night as two determined teams faced off – the undefeated Tri-Village Patriots and the TVS Panthers. The Patriots have shown the ability to put up 100 points on the scoreboard, while South has strangled teams with their brand of defense.
South started with a zone type of defense, but shifted to a man to man. Tri-Village stayed mainly in a man to man defense. South used a 4 out and 1 in type of offense in the early going, but went to an offense where they could attack the basket better after a while. Tri-Village did try to press some, but South seemed to handle the pressure fairly well.
With a smaller lineup, South seemed to have problems on the offensive boards in the early going. Getting just one shot most possessions. JJ Utz had one sequence where he gave up two back to back turnovers, but made up for it the next possession by getting open under the basket for an easy layup. Every Panther basket was needed in this low scoring game where points were hard to come by. Then Jason Utz hit 2 free throws in the last minute of the half to pull South even, but Patriot Mason McCabe hit a shot with seconds left to put Tri-Village on top 15-13.
Tri-village was able to extend their lead in the 3rd period and entered the last quarter with a 6 point lead. At one point Tri-Village was up by 10 and in a low scoring game that seemed hard to overcome. But South worked hard in the quarter and made up ground rapidly at the end thanks to some timely 3 point daggers . The Panther charge culminated with Wes Cole hitting a 3 point shot with about 20 seconds left to knot the ball game at 36 all.
There was a time out and South set up their defense. But Tri-Village’s Tyler VanWinkle found Colton Linkous who shot a buzzer beater that sealed the 38-36 win for the Patriots. South has been a hard luck team this season. They have shown that they can play with the best, but have come up just short against some very talented teams.
“Couldn’t be more satisfied with their effort,” stated Coach Augspurger afterwards, “We defended well against a team that has a lot of offense. They got like 3 or 4 good looks during the game, the rest of their shots were contested. But they defended us well too, they have a very tough defense.”
He continued, “We are not going to play a team better than Tri-Village, and what Friday taught me was that if our defensive pressure is effective against them, then our defensive pressure is going to affect everyone. We are a work in progress – our defense continues to get better and better. We are finding better ways to score on offense. The loss to Tri-Village pretty much ends any championship hopes, now we have 10 games to be the best tournament team that we can be. I think that this team can really make some noise come tournament time.”
Newton and Valley View: “Newton has two pretty good shooters that we will need to defend. Valley View likes to run the court. The last 4 seasons we are 0-4 against them. We have not had any success against them as of late. This year we have a chance to turn that around.”
Scoring for TVS: Cole 12, Jason Utz 2, Cottingim 3, Bassler 6, Augspurger 6, Osborn 2, JJ Utz 5. Rebounding: Wes Cole 5, Jake Osborn 4, Anthony Augspurger 3. Assists: Augspurger 4, Cole 3.
Next weekend the Panthers will be on the road playing at Newton and Valley View.
Although North was winless coming into the game, they gave the Ansonia Tigers all that they could handle for 4 quarters in a heated battle at the Tri-County North gym. North closed the gap to two points late in the third quarter, but Ansonia was able to fend off several North runs down the stretch and walk out of the gym with a 58-63 win to snap their 5 game losing streak.
Interestingly, both coaches shook up their lineups in an effort to jump start their teams in the first quarter. And Ansonia freely substituted; at times using a Kentucky-like line change where 4-5 players were exchanged on the floor. Finally, both teams utilized a variety of offensive and defensive sets in an effort to gain an advantage. Ansonia used a zone, man to man, and even pressed the Panthers on defense. But the difference was in the inside game where North found it hard to stop the Tigers.
In the early going North had the upper hand, ending the first quarter with a 3 point advantage. But about midway through the second quarter, Ansonia went into a press which got them some turnovers. They then went on a 9-0 run to get the lead. North countered with a half court trap of their own. Which slowed down the Tigers, but North was giving away second chance shots on the defensive boards and went into the locker room down 34-28.
In the second half North had to play catchup. They made several good runs, but were never able to regain the lead. In the third quarter Ansonia was pressing but North was beginning to make them pay for it. They pulled to within 2 at the 3:10 mark where Ansonia took a time out to call off the press and slow down the momentum for North.
But that was as close as North would come in the second half. In the last quarter, North attempted to rally several times but couldn’t close the gap. Senior Cody Cordes, who came off the bench, scored 16 of his game high (and personal best) 19 points in the second half. He had one sequence where he took the ball to the hoop for a layup to score, then raced to the other end to take a charge – he was a whirlwind on the court against the Tigers.
“Our effort tonight was the best effort we have had all season, commented coach King after the game, “This week we had a good week of practice. The message this week was that we have to rebound and play harder to be successful. The guys stepped up their game tonight, but we just couldn’t get stops on defense. We couldn’t hit 3 point shots when we needed them down the stretch. “
Cody Cordes, “He shot his personal best tonight. He’s been a senior leader. Now I sent a message earlier by not starting him. I thought he wasn’t playing up to his potential. But he got that message loud and clear tonight. He responded well – like a senior guard should.”
The next night North had to travel to Brookville where both the girls and boys teams played. The girls fell 40-29 and the boys team trailed Brookville the entire night before falling 53-37. TCN Sophomore Zach Edgin had a hot hand in this game scoring a game high 19 points. Next week North faces league leading Tri-Village and Preble county opponent Preble Shawnee.
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January 10 Miami Valley Sports Updates
Dixie had an emotional weekend. They had a big win against a fellow SWBL team – Milton Union where they came from behind for the victory. Then like a gun fighter who had shot all their bullets, they seemed to run out of ammo against the Arcanum Trojans. It was a one point game at halftime, but the Trojans rolled the Hounds in the second half enroute to a lop-sided win.
Dixie got off to a very slow start against Milton Union. At the end of one quarter, they only had single basket to show for their efforts. Meanwhile the Bulldogs scored 15 for a 13 lead. Dixie battled back, but they were still staring at a 31-18 deficit at halftime. The Dixie defense really shutdown the Bulldogs after the break. And the team fed the post as Cody Grubb would score a game high 25 points on the night. Dixie poured it on in the final stanza as they caught up with and then charged past the hapless Bulldogs for a come from behind 48-40 win.
“Defensively Justin Leonard was big for us. Justin Keirns and Zach Rader also stepped up for us too with their defense. And Cody Grubb had a good game too. We were 13 down at one point, but ended up winning by 8. Our energy was on a whole different level,” Stated coach Williams afterwards.
Next up were the Trojans of Arcanum who came into town for a CCC vs SWBL matchup. And like Dixie they were coming off of a win from the previous night. Easily dispatching Ansonia 57-38. Both teams began in man to man defenses and neither team seemed to be able gain much of an advantage in the first half. Arcanum did try to press some in an attempt to break things open, but the teams were separated by a single point at halftime Arcanum leading 25-24.
Arcanum hit 2 trey’s on back to back possessions early in the 3rd quarter and so they began to distance themselves from Dixie. Dixie took a time out and set up a press in an attempt to change the momentum. But Arcanum’s offense was shooting well and the team was controlling the boards too. Dixie was being limited to one shot at their end of the court and Arcanum was getting second chances at their end.
Things went from bad to worse when Dixie’s tall man Cody Grubb left the game for good after an altercation on the floor at the end of the third quarter. After that an already listless Dixie team really seemed to lose their way and Arcanum kept rolling in the final quarter building an 11 point lead to 25 and winning 57-33.
“It is hard for 16 and 17 year olds to keep up the emotional and physical energy for two nights in row,” whispered a hoarse coach Williams after the game, “Yesterday was an up and down game where we came from behind for a big league victory over Milton Union. And in the second half of this game we were spent, the wind left our sails. ”
He continued, “We’re not good at back to back games right now. I have to give them props for yesterday’s big win, but it did take a lot of energy out of us. Tonight I thought we had a lot of energy in the first half. In the second half we lost energy and they capitalized on it. We have to do a better job at that. Next week is Newton, they play hard and get after it. But Carlisle is a conference game, we need to be up for that, they are one of the better teams.”
Arcanum’s coach Bixler commented, “We gave ourselves a rating of about 2 out of 10 in the first half. I wasn’t real happy with the defensive intensity even though we had the lead at the half and did not play well. It’s not always easy to play two nights back to back. But you have to be mentally tough for them. We challenged the team at halftime and they responded. They defended really well in the second half.
He continued, “At halftime we made sure that we identified their shooters and stuck to them. We lost them several times in the first half. We made sure we won’t going to lose the second half and we didn’t. It was one of our best rebounding efforts this year. “
Connor Pohl, “I thought tonight was his best effort on the defensive end of the court. And he did a great job of rebounding the basketball. We knew that Grubb would be challenge for him and that he needed to keep him off the glass. He was physical at both ends of the floor. He continues to get better – I am proud of his efforts.”
Next week is a busy week for the Trojans as they play a make up game against Fort Recovery on Tuesday and then Newton and Greenville on the weekend.
Fort Recovery, “We have went over them last week before the game was rescheduled. So we already practiced for them. We know that they have two quick guards that we will need to watch. They have a sophomore lefty in the post who is a good athlete. They are going to be deliberate with the ball and try to shoot some 3’s. On defense they are quick and they will try to press. We have to take care of the ball against the press and at the other end of the floor we need to defend the paint.”
The Arcanum Trojans were a bit rusty coming into Saturday nights game. Due to scheduling and cancellations the team hadn’t played in about 3 weeks. While the Trojans were struggling to get the rust off, Dixie raced out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Although Arcanum came back, Dixie still had the lead at the end of the first quarter. Arcanum hit their stride in the second quarter and got the lead which they held onto for the rest of the game. Dixie made a heroic effort in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter, but would finally fall.
Arcanum had a taller team, but Dixie was trying to out-quick the Trojans by running the floor in the early going. The game was also a bit of a chess match as both teams switched offenses and defensive schemes throughout the game to try and get the upper hand on their opponent. Arcanum used a 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 trapping zone, and man to man. Then they used a single post offense and swung the ball on the perimeter to get 3 point shots when Dixie tried to take away the inside game. And when Dixie countered the outside game they went to a two post offense and pushed the ball inside.
Arcanum opened a lead hitting outside shots including 3-3 pointers – in the second quarter. That broke the game open and Dixie had to chase Arcanum the rest of the way. And when Dixie was fouling in the last quarter to get back into the game, Arcanum was a solid 10 of 13 from the line. Dixie was pressing hard with 5 minutes left – down 37-30. At the 3 minute mark Arcanum went into keep away mode. And the last minutes seemed to take forever. Dixie never got closer than 5 points though, finally losing 46-40.
Scoring for Arcanum: Zell 2, Abner 17, Johnting 10, Sharritts 2, Kinney 5, O’Daniel 2, Deao 9. Dixie: Wylie 14, Shell 5, Leis 9, Honeywell 5, Berkte 7.
“The last 3 minutes it seemed like the time was not even ticking, “ remarked Arcanum’s coach Fearon, “We have not played for 3 weeks, and we were a little nervous coming out. We are trying to get game legs back under us and getting back to the way we were. After the first quarter, we settled down and started to play our game. It took that first quarter to just get us back into the swing of things.”
Alexis Abner, “I thought that she had a really good game for us tonight. She took charge, she took care of the basketball and did exactly what I asked her tonight. She’s been in a little bit of a rut and I think that tonight will boost her confidence. But from a leadership standpoint, this was one of better games this year, more than the points - that is what I am looking for.” ValleyView(state ranked): “They are next up for us – I know that they are quick and we will need to match up speed wise. It will be a test for us.”
Coach Crowe commented after the game, “We’ve played a tough 11 game schedule to start the season. And even though we lost, I am excited about the energy and effort that we showed. I am eager for the rest of the season, we made some strides tonight and I think that we can carry them over. Arcanum is a team that we could see in our sectional, so that is the caliber of team we will play against. I’m excited about the direction that we are going. Last year we seemed to rely on one player. Now this year they are seeing that they can play together and when they do – it is nice.”
Amara Wylie: “She’s the kind of kid that gives everything. She listens well, she is a coach’s dream – a great kid to coach. Sometimes she can be too unselfish, but tonight she did a good job of taking the ball to the basket. She helped to keep us in the game. “
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Twin Valley South overcomes a sluggish first half and breaks open a 21-21 tie in the second half. South rode the back of Wes Cole who scored 17 of his game high 21 points after halftime. A vigorous team defense kept South in the game in the first half and lead to points off of turn overs in the second. South wins 54-40. Next up is Brookville which South plays on Saturday night. Can South keep their momentum as they head into next week for a big game against league leading Tri Village.
First up for South this week was Ansonia. It has been a long season for Ansonia and the Tigers were dispatched easily 70-42. Coach Augspurger has been harping on the team’s offense this season and the Panthers responded – at least for this game by having 3 players score in double figures and tally up the teams highest score of the season. Wes Cole had 26, Jacob Bassler 10 and Jake Osborn had 12.
The team ended their week against Brookville. This was another game where the team ran their defense in workmanlike fashion and clamped down the Brookville offense. The Blue Devils struggled to score. The Panthers gained the lead early and gradually extended it throughout the game, finally winning 48-28. Cole lead all scorers with 20 points.
Sandwiched in between these two game South played against league foe Bethel. Another team trying to stake a claim to the top half of the league. Although South was able to prevail, Bethel played with the Panthers for a spell and made South work for the win.
Coming out of the chute, South was shooting cold – baskets were hard to come by. Bethel was able to make some perimeter shots and had a 6 point lead after one quarter. Bethel ran a sort of weave offense in the perimeter and were cutting to the basket in the second quarter to extend their lead. Coach Augspurger had finally seen enough and took a time out at the 5:31 mark with South down 16-7. The team which had been in a man to man defense went into a zone defense. And the talking to had effect on the offense as well. The lethargy was shaken off and South was making shots and mounting a comeback. Winston Crozier hit a trey just before halftime to tie the ball game at 21 all.
A determined Panther team re-entered the court after the break. The defense was intense and the team was generating turnovers and turning them into points. The team gradually built a double digit lead. Bethel tried a half court trap and then a full court press in an effort to stop the onslaught, but South was undeterred. They romped to a 54-40 win.
“We had a lousy first quarter,” remarked coach Augspurger after the game, “but we recovered from that and played well the rest of the game. I felt good about the team effort. We didn’t score well early, but we got stuff going with our defense. We got offense from transition. We got some steals and were able to take those down the court and get baskets. When they pressed, we attacked it and got layups. Wes Cole had a good game tonight he attacked the rim well and got a lot of points from steals once he got it going.”
Next week’s matchup is at South on Friday night. Tri-Village has scored over 100 points this season, so they are a team that can score. So it will be a matchup between a sizeable and hot shooting Patriot team against the defensive pressure and intensity of the Panthers.
Sports Around the Miami Valley
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
2014 Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament
All Tournament Team
Anthony Augspurger, Wes Cole, JJ Utz, Trey Smith, Thomas Buell
It was a tough two days for North in the Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament. They struggled against the host team Preble Shawnee, but had a shot at a win against Talawanda. After leading a good bit of the way, North would slip at the end and lose to the Braves 44-37. Still there were some bright spots – one in Ryan McAdams who would lead the team in scoring both nights.
North played Shawnee first and the host team got out to an early lead and didn’t look back. The Arrows converted North turnovers into points and other wise seemed to score at will. Rebounding wise, an outsized North seemed to hold their own on the defensive boards, but couldn’t pull down many offensive boards – limiting themselves to one shot most possessions.
Shawnee lead 39-15 at the half. Coming out of the break McAdams hit two treys on back to back to possessions, prompting Shawnee to take a time out and get more pressure on the perimeter. That dampened any thoughts of a comeback and North would later fall 68-42. McAdams accounted for half of North’s points with 21 – including 4-3 pointers.
This set up the consolation game as Talawanda and North squared off the next night. Both teams began the game in man to man defenses. The Braves peeled off two quick baskets, and North took a quick time out to adjust their defense. A hustling North ran the court thereafter. Generating turnovers and gaining the lead. At the end of one quarter, North was up 15-12.
North missed some shots down the stretch at the close of the second quarter, but still held a narrow lead 21-20. Talawanda’s strategy coming back onto the court was to feed the ball to the post. This gave the Braves the lead again at the 5 minute mark of the 3rd quarter. North adjusted and then started to hit their shots. McAdams hit a trey to give North the lead again and the team finished the quarter strong with a 36-30 lead.
North became more deliberate with the offense late in the last quarter. Not a slow down, but the team was working the ball around more than they had earlier in the game in an attempt to milk time off of the clock. But when they did get a shot, they couldn’t finish. Meanwhile Talawanda was hitting their shots as the teams battled to the finish line. At the 2:33 mark it was now a one point game. Then a minute later, Talawanda had the lead. North missed a lot of shots during this critical juncture. And this time the Braves would not let North back in the game as they completed the evening with a 44-37 win.
Scoring for North: McAdams 11, Louthen 10, Edgin 9, Cordes 4, Woodyard 3.
It comes down to a problem that we have with a lot of our games. We just can’t rebound the basketball,” stated coach King after the game. “The kids played hard, as hard as they have played all year. Defensively we could not finish possessions out on the boards.”
Ryan McAdams: “He’s starting to settle down and buy into what we are preaching to him. That is let the game come into him instead of trying to force everything. But he stepped up really good for us.”
Next he was asked about Jacob Louthan playing well off the bench, “He hustles, he can still be a little timid at times – but that goes back to a lack of varsity experience. He can shoot the ball pretty good. Once he gets rolling, he can he can fill it up. He did a good job of coming off the bench and giving us an extra scorer.”
South won the Holiday Tournament hosted by Preble Shawnee. The team used a tenacious defense and an up-tempo offense to pave the way to success. Although outsized, the team hustled to pull in long rebounds and get points off of turnovers as they fought their way to victory in both games. The team also placed several players on the All-Tournament team that was announced after the championship game.
First up for South was Talawanda. They are a bigger school from the South West Ohio Conference and so they play a schedule against mainly Division 2 schools. But South was aggressive from the get-go, using a variety of defenses to keep the Braves from settling into their offense. They used a full court man to man for a time, then also used a half court trap. Towards the end of the first quarter Talawanda tried to do some trapping of their own. But South had already raced to a 21-10 lead.
South was unrelenting – leading 30 – 12 at one point as they continued to run the court in the second quarter. The Braves could not keep pace with the Panthers and they finally fell 59-32. South was unselfish in this game as the team combined for 17 assists on the night. Wes Cole (17) and Anthony Augspurger (13) lead the team in scoring. Augspurger and JJ Utz had 5 assists while Cole had 3. Augspurger lead the teams in steals with 6.
This set up the championship game against Preble Shawnee, who had defeated North handily the night before. The game would be the offensive firepower and physical size of Shawnee against the stalwart defense and up-tempo offense of South. Both teams utilized a variety of defenses during the game. Shawnee started the night in a zone, while South opened in their man to man defense.
South had a slim lead in the first quarter, but extended that lead in the second quarter as they hit their shots and were able to run the court on several possessions. Shawnee tried to half court trap to start the second quarter, but it had no effect on South. At the half, it was 25-16 in favor of South.
Shawnee stayed on the heels of South throughout the third quarter – gradually chipping away at the lead. After a time out, South switched to a zone late in the quarter in an effort to stymie the Shawnee offense. But Shawnee hit a buzzer beater right at the end of the quarter from half court to make it a 4 point game, then Kevin Ketring hit another trey to start the 4th quarter and suddenly it was a one point game. South’s offense had grown cold, they were struggling to score and the momentum seemed to have gone to the Arrows.
Shawnee switched to a man to man defense and also got the lead at the 6:36 mark. Augspurger scored a basket and got the lead back for the Panthers. Shawnee again made it a two point game and then went to full court pressure with a minute left. But South handled the pressure well – and with Shawnee having to foul to get the ball back – South sank their foul shots when it counted. Both Cole and Augspurger hit some clutch shots from the foul line to seal the 49-42 victory for South.
Wes Cole and JJ Utz made the all-tournament team, while Anthony Augspurger was named tournament MVP. Scoring: Winston Crosier 4, Cole 12, Augspurger 16, Osborn 6, JJ Utz 9, Jason Utz 3. Leading rebounders: Jacob Bassler 5, Cole 6, Augspurger 4. Leading assists Cole 4, JJ Utz 4. Leading steals: JJ Utz 4, Wes Cole 3.
“We know that our ticket to victory is our defense,” stated coach Augspurger afterwards, “we are not really big, we’re not skilled enough. But we are hardnosed, we’re tough – they are 8 kids that bust their tails. Against Talawanda last night we took them out of whatever offensive scheme they tried to do. Tonight they showed a lot of grit. Shawnee made a good run. They actually came back and took the lead. And we could have cracked then, but we didn’t crack. Our seniors stepped up big in the 4th quarter. Anthony Augspurger and Wes Cole made some shots then for us and got us back in the lead. “
The improved offense, “We have been doing a lot of shooting. A lot of these guys are 3 sport athletes, they aren’t gym rats. We are probably shooting more than almost any team around. But I know that if our shooting comes around, we have the potential to be very good. We know the defense is there, we are going to guard you, we need the offense to get better.”
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Twin Valley South had one last game before Christmas. They hosted the Covington Buccaneers in a CCC matchup. Although Covington played tough against TVS, South gradually grew a lead. The Bucc’s made a 4th quarter run, but South held them off, then made a run of their own to seal a 64-47 victory.
Covington started in a man to man defense, but switched to a zone and remained in that through much of the game. South did press some in the early going, but called it off and settled into a half court defense. In the first quarter, Covington was right there with the Panthers – knotting the game at 13-all.
South’s offense got into gear in the second quarter and they were able close out the half with a 7 point lead. In the third quarter, South actually had a lead in double figures, but Covington woke up and closed the gap. Covington started to make a 7-0 run in the 4th quarter and it was enough to where South could feel the heat, but coach Augspurger called a time out, and South returned to the court to make a run of their own and again extend their lead and cruise down the stretch to victory.
The win puts South at 3-2 on the season, with the Holiday tournament at Shawnee their next test.
“I thought our defense was outstanding, commented Coach Augspurger afterwards, “We played good defense for several stretches. We had a few 3-4 minute periods where we did not allow any points. Now we weren’t quite as good as what I would have liked for the whole game, but overall we did really well.”
He continued, “Offensively, Anthony Augspurger had a really good game for us, he was 8 of 9 shooting, including 2 3 point shots. He scored 20 points and that is a career high for him. JJ Utz, our point guard had only 1 turnover and 7 assists. That was a big key for us – running the offense and not turning the ball over. We have struggled shooting at times this season, but this game I thought we shot well. Now we didn’t shoot great, but I thought we did a good job of attacking the basket. Wes Cole still struggled with his three, but finished strong around the basket. And he played a good floor game with 7 boards and 4 assists. Jake Osborn did a great job on the offensive boards. He had two big put backs that we needed.
Talawanda: “I have their tape, but have not watched it. I do know that they have struggled this season, but they play a really good schedule. And I know Shawnee got off to a slow start – but they have a good shooter back now and have won some games. We will have to keep playing better to have a chance in this one.”
South scoring: Jacob Bassler 6, Winston Crosier 5, Wes Cole 18, Anthony Augspurger 20, Jake Osborn 7, JJ Utz 3, Josh Cottingim 5. Leading Rebounders: Jacob Bassler 7, Wes Cole 7, Anthony Augspurger 7, Jake Osborn 5. Steals: Jacob Bassler 2.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
After getting their first win of the season against Eaton, Dixie hit a losing streak. They lost against Waynesville(53-52), rival Brookville(67-49), and Northridge(80-37). So they were hoping to get back on track before entering Christmas break. This weekend they visited Preble County where they played against Preble Shawnee and Tri-County North.
Shawnee also had only a single win coming into the game. And although the game was closely contested, Dixie would lose Friday night at Shawnee 47-52. This set up their 3rd road game in a row Saturday against North who is winless on the season.
Dixie had an overall height advantage over North. In the half court they used a zone early on, but would switch to man to man in the second quarter and would stay in that defense most of the game. They did mix in some ¾ court trapping which was semi effective. They garnered a few turnovers but it was effective in that was able to slow down the North offense.
Dixie got an early lead and seemed poised to run away with the game in the first quarter with a 15-6 lead. But North went on a run late – just before half time and made the game competitive. With 2 minutes left it was a 3 point game with Dixie’s margin slimmed to 3 points. But Dixie went on a run of their own at that time and closed the half with a more comfortable 30-21 lead.
Coming out at halftime it was plain to see that their strategy was now to utilize their height and feed the post. Cody Grubb was the recipient of the extra attention to the post – scoring 20 of his game high 29 points in the second half. North just could not seem to be able to stop Grubb inside.
North did make another run at Dixie in the third quarter. They got the game to within 5 points midway through, but Dixie held them off and again extended their lead, this time into double digits.
North pulled out all the stops – doing some full court man to man, switching to a zone defense. But the game seemed to spiral out of control in the 4th quarter. Dixie was able to win running away with a 61-47 win. Still North was able to play with Dixie at times and made the game competitive.
TCN Coach King: “Even though we lost, I thought that the team made huge strides tonight. It was quite a reverse in 24 hours. We’re young and the late start didn’t help, so I have to have a lot of patience. They have come a long way and I think that we are getting better. “
Damon Nelson, “He came off of the bench and got big points for us. He’s been proving himself in practice and shows that he is capable of staying in front of the ball on defense. And right now that is what we need – someone who can stay in front of the ball. He’s worked hard and he got time tonight. His defense is what got him his minutes – the points are just icing on the cake.”
Dixie Scoring: Rutledge 1, Leonard 9, Simpson 4, Hale 9, Miller 6, Keiras 1, Rader 4, Grubb 29.
TCN Scoring: Louthan 6, Edgin 14,Cordes 7, Nelson 12, Woodyard 8.
Tri-County North dropped two games this weekend. And to add to their dismay, both games were at home. They played against National Trail – a league foe who was also winless coming into the game and Dixie who was 1-5. Against Trail they actually lead at one point, but when Trail put their foot down on the accelerator and picked up the pace of the game, they rapidly outscored North.
The first quarter of the game was very slow paced as the two teams cautiously sparred against one another. North had 8 fouls to Trails 2 near the end of the first quarter, so they were racking up fouls at too fast of a pace. Still North managed to hold a 10-9 lead as the teams re-entered the court for the second quarter. North scored a bucket early in the quarter, but then Trail went on a run and blew the game open. North simply could not score – they must have thought that there were bunjee cords on the rim. Jacob Louthen connected on a couple of free throws before halftime to stop the lopsided run, but North was staring at a double digit deficit going to the locker room 30-13.
So what had been a close game had been blown wide open. North continued to shoot cold in the second half, that and turnovers stymied them on offense. Meanwhile the Blazers continued their scoring rate unabated. 58-35 was the final score.
“Friday night was a defensive breakdown for us. We allowed them to score 41 points in just 3 quarters. It comes down to stopping the ball. We need to take pride in stopping the ball, we are capable of scoring, but we need to get stops. A good defense can translate into easy buckets for us.”
Scoring for North: Louthan 4, McCollough 2, Edgin 3, Cordes 8, Nelson 6, Vanbrederode 2, Ballard 2,Woodyard 8.
North next plays against Miami East, then will be in the annual holiday tournament hosted by Preble Shawnee.