Woodmore defense comes up big

Woodmore defense comes up big


Woodmore defense comes up big


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ELMORE – Woodmore coach Kyle Clair said this year’s team is probably the best defense he’s ever had as a head coach. After Monday’s non-league game against Gibsonburg, it is hard to argue with the eighth-year coach.

Gibsonburg committed an eye-popping 57 turnovers as Woodmore won, 52-32.

“That is the way we want to play,” Clair said. “We want to create offensive opportunities off of turnovers and get up and down with some tempo.”

The Wildcats (2-2) committed 27 turnovers themselves, but it was nothing compared to the struggles the Gibsonburg (0-2) offense had.

“We definitely have to do a better job of taking care of the ball,” Gibsonburg coach Heather Hill said. “We have to focus on making a fake pass in order to make a real pass.”

The Golden Bears had at least 13 turnovers in every quarter, but trailed just 9-7 after one quarter. A bucket by Allie Teeple and a free throw by Shylee Schmeltz put Gibsonburg ahead, 16-13, with 4:30 left in the second quarter, but the rest of the quarter belonged to Woodmore.

A 14-0 run, including six points from Kate Barbee, put the Wildcats ahead 27-16, and Woodmore led 27-18 at halftime.

“It took a while to get going,” Clair said. “It took a quarter and a half to get going, but we got a couple buckets and we got the confidence going and we played well.”

The third quarter was the toughest for Gibsonburg, which committed 20 turnovers in the quarter. Woodmore used a 11-0 run to open a 40-23 lead after Gibsonburg was within six points in the first few minutes of the quarter.

“Give Woodmore credit because they were super agressive against us,” Hill said. “They are a good defensive team. We would grab a rebound but they would get in our face and smack it away and force a turnover.”

Teeple led the Golden Bears with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Abby Cantrell had eight points and 11 rebounds. With the amount of turnovers, Gibsonburg attempted only 24 shots, making 10 of them.

“We told the girls it is early in the season and not get down,” said Hill. “We will move on, keep our head up, and play better.”

Barbee scored a game-high 13 points for the Wildcats, while Carly Rothert had eight rebounds. Woodmore made 22-of-68 shots (32.4 percent) and was out-rebounded, 42-24. Woodmore hosts defending Northern Buckeye Conference champion Otsego on Thursday.

“We are excited to play the defending champs and what is considered the best team in the league,” Clair said. “We won’t need motivation for that. We want to establish our style of ball where we fatigue the other team out with the up-tempo. We are well-conditioned.”

Stat Book

Gibsonburg 7-11-7-7 – 32

Woodmore 9-18-13-12 – 52

Gibsonburg: 10-24 FG, 10-21 FT, 2-4 3pt (Cantrell), 42 rebounds (Cantrell 11, Teeple 11, Pecina 10), 57 turnovers. Scoring: Shylee Schmeltz 1 2-4 4, Katy Roberts 0 1-2 1, Abby Cantrell 3 0-0 8, Allie Teeple 5 2-7 12, Jenna Lewandowski 0 0-2 0, Anna Stout 1 0-0 2, Marie Villarreal 0 2-2 2, Sonia Pechina 0 3-4 3, Megan Walsh 0 0-0 0.

Woodmore: 22-68 FG, 6-16 FT, 2-8 3pt (Koenig, Gephart), 24 rebounds (C. Rothert 7), 27 turnovers. Scoring: Jordan Grzegorczyk 2 1-4 5, Lily Rothert 1 1-4 3, Liz Koenig 2 2-2 7, Kate Barbee 6 1-1 13, Carly Rothert 2 0-1 5, Kaitlin Gephart 3 1-2 8, Camryn Bench 2 0-2 4, Hayley Freund 1 0-0 2, Noelle Freund 2 0-0 4, Brittany Brugger 0 0-0 0, Nora LaMunyon 1 0-0 2, Clarissa Chavez 0 0-0 0.


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