Lady Rebels take split in two games against Wildcats, Warriors
GLENHAYES — The Tolsia Lady Rebels suffered their first loss of the season, 42-37, at the mercy of the Logan Wildcats on Friday, Dec. 14, inside Rebel Arena at Tolsia High School.
Logan (4-0) got significant minutes out of freshman guard Peyton Ilberton who logged 22 points in the game including four made free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Lady Wildcats. The loss came two days after a 55-14 victory over the Carter Christian Warriors.
“Good opponent, and we dug a hole a couple different times but we didn’t quit. We definitely got to see some things we need to improve on,” Tolsia head coach Ric Morrone said of the loss to Logan. “I’m really proud of our girls - we stood toe-to-toe and put gave ourselves a chance but we have to go and fix a few of those things that put us in that position.”
Tolsia (4-1) faced a 10-point deficit three different times in the game - twice in the second half alone - but came up with buckets when it needed them the most. The Rebels began the second half trailing 28-19 but went on a 9-2 scoring run, shrinking the deficit to just two points with 5:24 left in the quarter but went scoreless for over five minutes immediately following the run. Logan scored the final eight points in the third quarter and stretched its lead back to 10 entering fourth.
Julie Boone ended the Rebel scoring drought with her second three of the contest with 6:13 left in the game. Boone finished as the Rebel’s leading scorer with 10. Tolsia’s Kylea Pollinger hit back-to-back triples in the final minute and the Rebels trailed 40-37 before Ilberton connected on two of her final three free throws in the win.
“If you told me before the game that we’d hold them to 42 (points) I’d be happy with that. Our defense did well but our offense has to get on track. We didn’t get to the free throw line which was disappointing, we have to be more aggressive in getting to the basket. We’ve been out free-throwing teams to this point and we didn’t do that tonight.”
The Rebels attempted only two free throws in the loss, Senior Sara Jude missed on both in the second quarter, but also struggled in high percentage shots underneath or near the basket. It was the Rebel defense that positioned the team for a comeback, forcing Logan 17 turnovers in their man-to-man defense.
Logan also showed strength on the defensive side of the ball but struggled to find offensive rhythm and relied on quick scoring runs to secure the win, specifically a 9-0 in the first quarter and an 8-0 run to end the third.
“I loved our defensive effort, but on offense we were extremely sloppy - they made us that way,” Logan coach Kevin Gertz said. We haven’t seen man-to-man since before the season started because of who we have played, and we don’t usually see that defense from Tolsia because we’ve had a big stud in there the past few years and if you played man with her, she’d win every time.”
Gertz said he was happy to leave Glenhayes with the win.
“We’re young in experience,” he said, “but we have a team full of winners and we fought hard, played together, and got a victory in against a good Tolsia team that always plays well at home.”