Amherst girls basketball coach Jay Pitt had a chance to head out and scout Mosinee prior to the 42nd annual Sentry Classic.
That scouting report paid huge dividends during an American Division contest between a pair of programs that entered Thursday’s matchup with just one combined loss.
Mosinee never stood a chance, especially while trying to run its offense because the Falcons seemed to know what Mosinee was going to do before it got into its set.
And when Mosinee came out in a 1-3-1 zone on defense, the Falcons had a pretty good idea how to go about shredding it to pieces.
It all added up to the Falcons breezing to a 52-17 win on Bennett Court in the Quandt Fieldhouse behind 15 points and seven assists from Division II Winona State signee Jaimee Pitt.
“We did not expect that,” said Jay Pitt, whose team improved to 6-0. “We saw them against Wittenberg, and saw they played a 1-3-1, so we were ready for that. Once we got to our spots, we felt we should get some easy baskets.
“They pretty much had to get out of it, and I’m not sure how much man defense they’ve played this season.”
Lindsay Rutz, in particular, knew where that spot was and the senior forward made a living camped next to the basket waiting for pinpoint passes from Jaimee Pitt or Kelsey Holderman.
All Rutz had to do was convert the layups, something more easily said than done, considering she suffered an injury to her left hand when she bent a finger back in practice and separated the knuckle from the bone.
“It’s a lot harder when I have to shoot with my left hand,” Rutz said. “I really just look to post people up and box out.”
She still finished with 10 points, and it could have been a lot more if not for foul troubles.
“Lindsay gets carried away with fouls, and it’s something that we’ve addressed with her,” coach Pitt said. “She really does a little bit of everything for us.”
Amherst will need everyone at their best when they close out the Sentry Classic with a showdown against Eau Claire Regis on Saturday at noon.
The Ramblers dismantled Pacelli 61-7 in the other American Division game of the day.
“We know Saturday is going to be a much different game,” Jay Pitt said. “We’re going to think some things are open that aren’t, and they’ll turn it into two points and not just steal it.”
Leading scorers: M, Bailey Schultz 2, Rochelle Koshalek 2, Liz Zuelke 2, Julie Kijak 5, Victoria Voight 3, Emily Zuelke 1, Jaycie Dulak 2. A, Kelsey Holderman 2, Jaimee Pitt 15, Hannah Grawey 9, Brooke Groholski 2, Lindsay Rutz 10, Ashley Pionkowski 4, Kendra Dombrowski 4, Hannah Glennon 2, Samantha Garske 2, Brandi Dombrowski 2. 3-pointers: M, 1 (Voight); A, 3 (Pitt 2, Grawey). FT: M, 4-11; A, 5-9.
Records: Amherst 6-0; Mosinee 5-2.