Providence went on a run to close out the first half and never looked back as the Pioneers defeated the host Christian Academy of Indiana Warriors 54-33 Thursday night. Claire Rauck scored 16 points and Hannah Wolford added 14 for the Pioneers (7-3), while Clara Koch scored eight to lead the Warriors (6-5) in a losing cause.
Providence struggled early, trailing 8-6 after one period and 13-8 early in the second.
“We just didn’t take care of the basketball early on,” Pioneers head coach Brad Burden said. “We didn’t play with a sense of urgency. We talked about it in the locker room that we need a sense of urgency no matter who you’re playing. It was a combination of a lack of focus and the fact that Christian Academy came out with a great gameplan and took us out of our rhythym early on, too.”
When Brittany Moffett scored on a lay-in it put the Warriors up 15-12. Then the lights came on for the Pioneers. Wolford scored inside to ignite a 16-0 run that featured two threes by Lexie Libs, two drives by Rauck and then three straight baskets inside by Wolford to finish off the half with the visitors leading 28-15.
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“We knew they were trying to take away Claire, and that diamond zone they were playing was kind of stretched out in the middle, so we kept trying different people in there to see if they could get free and Hannah did there for a little bit.
“On the other end, it was defensive intensity. Getting deflections and then steals. Gunning the ball ahead and scoring in transition.”
The second half started sloppily for the Pioneers, as they sent the Warriors to the line three straight times. CAI converted three of those to cut the lead to 28-18. But a 7-0 run made it 35-18 for the Pioneers. The Warriors scored the last four points of the period to make it 39-24 with eight minutes to go.
The fourth period was all back-and-forth as neither team was able to score more than four unanswered points. Rauck’s second three of the game gave the visitors their largest advantage of the night at 54-31 before Kendra Mahan’s jumper accounted for the final score.
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Burden was encouraged that his team has played so well without Marissa Hornung, who has missed almost three weeks after having her tonsils and adenoids removed.
“We have a lot of good players, and everyone has that ‘next-girl-up’ mentality, and when we get Marissa back it will add another piece to our team,” he said. “We played some really good teams there for a while and we’re still playing really good teams. We have a holiday tournament coming up, and then we go to Bedford for a really tough holiday tournament up there. We picked up the schedule by design this year. I really like the way we’ve been playing up until the first quarter tonight, but after that we settled in. I think we’re kind of finding our stride again.”
Providence (7-3): Claire Rauck 16, Hannah Wolford 14, Cheyenne Brooks 10, Lexie Libs 6, Riley Quinn 4, Brinley Prather 2, Mia Fougerousse 2.
CAI (6-5): Clara Koch 8, Kendra Mahan 7, Alli Stumler 6, Brittany Moffett 5, Danielle Summitt 3, Cortney Baird 2, Avery Furnish 2.
3-point goals: Libs 2, Rauck 2, Wolford, Summitt, Koch.