ZANESVILLE – Defense has been Zanesville’s calling card under Jeff Moore.
The host Lady Devils leaned on it again Saturday afternoon, forcing 21 turnovers and holding New Philadelphia to just 11 field goals in a 41-30 East Central Ohio League victory at Winland Memorial Gymnasium.
The offense was paced by a balanced attack as seven players scored for Zanesville (4-0, 3-0). Destiny Johnson led the way with nine points and three assists and Kenzie Newsom chipped in eight points. Kylie Newsom collected a team-best six rebounds.
“Our shooting has been our Achilles’ heel, but we play hard,” Moore said. “We’ve been balanced so far, and I’m not going to complain about that. We’re going to have to score by committee.”
Back-to-back 3s by Karissa Weekley and Johnson to open the game staked the Lady Devils to a 6-0 advantage.
Aaliyah Currence kept it close for the Quakers (2-3, 2-1) with six first-quarter points, but a Kylie Newsom hoop and three free throws from Skylyn Strickland made it 11-6 Zanesville after one.
Sarah Harr’s hoop with 7:40 left in the second quarter pulled the Quakers within 11-8, but they only scored two points the rest of the quarter.
The Lady Devils slowly pulled away, as Johnson’s hoop before the horn gave them a 20-10 halftime advantage.
The lead remained in double figures until a Mercedes Cantu hoop at the 4:15 mark pulled the Quakers within 22-14. They got as close as six, 27-21, on a Lexee Miller bucket with 55 seconds left in the third.
Kenzie Newsom made a pair of free throws with three seconds left in the third, and Tasia Staunton scored in the post early in the fourth to extend the Zanesville lead to 31-21.
The lead never dipped below seven the rest of the game, despite the Lady Devils making just 4 of 9 free throws in the final 5:12.
Zanesville finished 14-of-34 from the field, 3-of-10 behind the arc and 10-of-18 at the line. The Lady Devils had 11 turnovers and owned a 26-19 advantage on the glass.
“We have to do a better job in certain areas and focus on what we need to do to be successful,” Moore said. “We were out of sync today, and I will take that blame for that.”
Zanesville welcomes Tri-Valley Wednesday. The Scotties enter that contest 2-2 after a 60-35 loss to Sheridan Saturday.
“Coach (Kurt) Kaufman has done a good job and has them playing hard,” Moore said. “They’re going to come in here and give us our best shot. We have to match their intensity and execute.”
Miller scored 13 points to pace the Quakers, who were 11-of-22 shooting.
Alena Mayle had 12 points in the Zanesville reserve’s 43-28 win.
New Philadelphia 6-4-11-9 — 30
Zanesville 11-9-9-12 — 41
New Philadelphia: 11-22 FG, 7-9 FT, 1-3 3-pt. (Miller 1), 19 rebounds (Currence 5), 21 turnovers. Scoring: Miller 3 6-8 13; Currence 4 0-0 8, Cantu 3 1-2 7, Harstine 1 0-0 2, McEwan 0 0-0 0, Maurer 0 0-0 0, Sabin 0 0-0 0.
Maysville: 13-34 FG, 10-18 FT, 3-10 3-pt. (Weekley 2, Johnson), 26 rebounds (Kylie Newsom 6), 12 turnovers, 7 Assists (Johnson 3), Steals 2. Scoring: Johnson 4 0-0 9; Draughn 1 0-0 2, Weekley 2 0-2 6, Strickland 1 3-4 5, Kenzie Newsom 2 4-7 8, Staunton 2 1-3 5, Kylie Newsom 2 2-2 6.