Demons rally past Johnson Creek
DEERFIELD — Jayme Fischer scored 14 second-half points as host Deerfield held Johnson Creek to six points in the final 18 minutes of a 35-30 victory in Trailways South Conference play on Tuesday night at Deerfield High School.
“It’s a big win,” Deerfield head coach Don Schindler said. “We needed this one.”
The Demons managed just three first-half points but came out of halftime on a 13-0 run. Deerfield then held Johnson Creek scoreless over the final 5 minutes, 35 seconds as it went on another 13-0 run to close the game.
“We just had to push the pace, get the ball moving instead of standing around,” Schindler said.
Fischer scored 11 of Deerfield’s final 13 points of the game, including a free throw with 1:04 left to give the Demons their first lead of the game, 31-30.
Sofia Cabral hit two free throws, Johnson Creek missed a 3-pointer, and then Fischer closed out the game with two more free throws made.
“They adjusted well, they played hard and fought back,” Johnson Creek head coach Jake Wedig said.
Senior wing Rylie Thomas fouled out with more than three minutes remaining, taking away one of the Bluejays’ top creators and scorers offensively.
“It really hurt us down the stretch,” Wedig said. “When we needed a bucket most, we didn’t have our best scorer on the floor.”
After Deerfield went into a 2-3 zone midway through the first half, the Bluejays were able to knock down multiple outside shots. A corner jumper gave Johnson Creek (1-10,1-4 Trailways South) a 17-4 lead, and then back-to-back 3-pointers from Desirae Weihert boosted the lead to 19 points.
Hannah Constable, who scored all three of her points in the first half from the free-throw line, gave the Bluejays their largest lead of the half at 24-4 with 38 seconds to go.
“We’ve got to learn how to play with a lead,” Wedig said. “There’s a lot you can learn. We have to get games like this a second time around.”
The outside shooting did not continue for the Bluejays in the second half. Weihert made one 3-pointer in the second half with 5:36 to go. Kaitlyn Kuhl, who finished with nine points, had the only other field goal of the second half.
“I don’t like to run zone, but it was almost a last resort,” Schindler said. They were pinning us on the up screens.”
Fischer led all scorers with 18 points, while teammate Sofia Cabral added 10 for the Demons (2-9, 2-3).
Kuhl and Weihert each scored nine points, while Thomas finished with eight.
Johnson Creek will host Madison Country Day at 7:15 p.m. on Friday as it continues Trailways South Conference play.
DEERFIELD 35, JOHNSON CREEK 30
Johnson Creek 24 6 — 30
Deerfield 3 32 — 35
Johnson Creek (fg-ft-tp) — Kuhl 3-2-9, Joseph 0-1-1, Constable 0-3-3-, Weihert 3-0-9, Thomas 4-0-8. Totals 10-6-30.
Deerfield (fg-ft-tp) — Eickhoff 1-1-3, Fischer 4-9-18, Cabral 4-2-10, Rucks 1-2-4. Totals 10-14-35.
Three-point goals — JC, Kuhl, Weihert 3; D, Fischer.
Total Fouls — JC 17, D 11.