Scotus girls find way with defense
Despite the warmth inside the gym Thursday afternoon at Lakeview High School, offenses more closely mirrored the deep freeze conditions outside in a 25-22 victory for the Scotus Central Catholic girls in the opening round of the 2018 Holiday Tournament.
The Shamrocks trailed for almost the entire first three quarters while having no luck in the paint, inside the arc or beyond the 3-point line. The Warriors were only slightly better, and most of their success came in the first quarter.
Eventually, though, the SCC defense suffocated Schuyler to the point where nothing went in except free throws.
The Warriors only scored five second-half points, all from the foul line, but found themselves in contention late. In a one-possession game and with fouls to give, Schuyler mishandled late-game strategy and allowed Scotus to escape with its ugliest win of the season.
“We weren’t shooting the ball very well even though we were getting good shots. In the second half, we really challenged them to pick it up,” Scotus coach Jarrod Ridder said.
“Defensively, we came out and played really well. We got more good shots, still didn’t make them, but our kids battled through and made plays.”
Schuyler opened the game with a 6-0 lead behind two 3-pointers from Tasha Wolken. Scotus senior Courtney Kosch answered with a three of her own to cut the deficit in half but Schuyler built an eight-point advantage in both the first and second quarters before Scotus trimmed it to 17-13 at halftime.
Wolken had three 3s at the break and all but four points of her team’s total.
She hit 1 of 2 at the line early in the third but went scoreless after that. Her one free throw make was the only Schuyler point of the quarter.
Rachel Shonka’s four fourth-quarter free throws accounted for the only other second-half points for the Warriors. Scotus held Schuyler without a field goal and took the lead for good on a Kamryn Chohon bucket late in the third.
Two buckets by Amber Buhman and two free throws by Camille Pelan allowed Scotus to build slightly on the 19-18 lead it had after three and escape with the win.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com