Free throws push Dragons past Cavs, 37-30
ARGOS — Argos girls basketball head coach Nick Medich searched for an explanation, oddly enough, for how his team beat Culver Community Tuesday.
He quickly eliminated the 36 percent field-goal percentage, 23 turnovers, and generally sloppy play before settling on free throws.
The Dragons drained 15-of-20 tries from the charity stripe — compared to 4 of 7 for the Cavs — and held off Culver in a 37-30 win at Phil Weybright Gymnasium.
“In the first quarter (assistant) coach (Boyd) Davis looked up at the scoreboard and said, ‘How are we winning this game?’” Medich said. “It didn’t feel like we were winning. Culver is quick and we couldn’t handle their quickness. They were getting in the passing lanes and disrupting everything we tried to do. They were relentless.
“I guess the difference is we made our free throws,” he added. “We told the girls that if we don’t make our free throws, we don’t win. If Culver makes a few of those layups it’s probably a different game.”
Up front, 5-foot-11 junior post Kayla Prochno scored 10 points and ripped down 10 rebounds for Argos, while 5-10 sophomore forward Libby Moyer chipped in eight points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.
Moyer scored three of her four baskets on put-backs, including back-to-back rebound buckets to hand the Dragons a 15-4 lead with 3:39 left in the first half and another to put Argos up 27-19 at the end of the third frame.
“We’ve been getting after Moyer to play defense,” Medich said. “She had 10 rebounds and five steals. It’s coming along for her.”
Meanwhile, the Cavs scuffled to a 12-for-43 finish — 28 percent — from the field and threw the ball away 27 times.
“We’re not a very good team right now,” Culver head coach Tony Scheub, who used four freshmen and two sophomores, said. “We have the potential to be a good team. I’m tired, tired, tired of hearing that this is a rebuilding year. We’ve played five games and we played all summer. These kids are good basketball players. We’ve got to get better, and that starts with the coaching.
“I thought we only played hard in a six-minute stretch,” he added. “I don’t think we executed. Everything we talked about Argos was going to do we gave away. It was a frustrating game all around.”
Sophomore Kayla Shaffer and freshman reserve guard Angela Lewellen scored seven points apiece to top the Cavs’ scoring chart. Shaffer, who fueled a fourth-quarter comeback bid with her defense, drilled a 3-pointer to cut Culver’s deficit to two, 30-28, with 2:50 left in the game before fouling out at the 2:08 mark.
The Cavs twice gained possession down three points in the final two minutes, but never pulled closer than two points. During the first of those chances, Culver missed perimeter threat Ali Overmyer wide open in the left corner.
“Because of foul trouble we had a post player, playing out of position,” Scheub, whose team lost both Shaffer and guard Tatum Schultz to fouls, said. “I don’t fault her for that. I would have loved to get the ball to Ali.”
Argos sophomore Shelby Sanders and junior point guard Jami Patterson sank two free throws apiece in the final 42 seconds to seal the win.
Argos averted disaster in the third quarter. With Patterson on the bench with four fouls over the final 5:25 of the third frame, the Dragons went to a four-corner offense and burned off critical chunks of time. Karlee VanDerWeele’s driving layup ended a 6-0 Culver mini-run, putting Argos up 25-19 with 2:21 left in the third.
Even with Patterson back in the final stanza, the Dragons stuck to the spread.
“When Jami went out we didn’t have a ballhandler,” Medich said. “They had been overplaying us, so we tried to spread the floor, and if they did overplay us, penetrate. I told them I only wanted layups. We just wanted to protect the basketball the best we could. It worked pretty well at the end of the third quarter.”
Also for Argos, VanDerWeele finished with seven points, and Sanders collected three steals.
Abby James and freshman Mickella Hardy nabbed seven and six caroms respectively, and Schultz swiped three steals for the Cavs.
Argos hosts Morgan Township Dec. 1. Culver looks to get back on track Saturday at North White.
• ARGOS 37,
CULVER COMMUNITY 30
Score by quarters
Culver: 4 13 19 30
Argos: 8 21 27 37
CULVER (30): Ali Overmyer 0 0-0 0, Angela Lewellen 2 2-2 7, Tatum Schultz 2 0-0 4, Abby James 1 0-0 2, Donna Zehner 1 2-2 4, Mikella Hardy 3 0-0 6, Kayla Shaffer 3 0-3 7. TOTALS: 12 4-7 30.
ARGOS (37): Jami Patterson 1 4-6 6, Karlee VanDerWeele 1 5-6 7, Allison Flower 0 0-0 0, Shelby Sanders 1 4-6 6, Carly McCay 0 0-0 0, Amanda Middleton 0 0-0 0, Libby Moyer 4 0-0 8, Kayla Prochno 4 2-2 10. TOTALS: 11 15-20 37.
3-point goals: Culver 2 (Lewellen, Shaffer), Argos none; Turnovers: Culver 27, Argos 23; Rebounds: Culver 29 (James 7), Argos 25 (Moyer, Prochno 10); Assists: Culver 6 (Overmyer, Schultz 2), Argos 3; Steals: Culver 7 (Schultz, Shaffer 3), Argos 10 (Moyer 5); Fouls (fouled out): Culver 20 (Schultz, Shaffer), Argos 14; Records: Culver 3-2, Argos 4-1.
JV score: Argos 45, Culver 16