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Lady Bobcats roll over Westville, 86-41

February 12, 2011

HAMLET — Oregon-Davis answered the age-old question, “Can a 17-0 run to start a basketball game look anything other than terrific?”
Why, yes, if interspersed with multiple unforced turnovers and a silent and somewhat lethargic defensive effort.
Still, 17 unanswered points is 17 unanswered points, and the fifth-ranked Lady Cats rolled to an 86-41 win over Westville in Class A Sectional 50 semifinal action at The Den Friday.
OD seeks its fifth consecutive crown tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST against Triton.
“We were lackluster,” OD head coach Terry Minix said. “We didn’t come out with that intensity that we need. It wasn’t a pretty 17-0. It was 17-0, but it didn’t feel like it was 17-0.
“Our defense has to do it for us, and our defense was pitiful,” he said. “It was like we were running in mud. We’re so much better when we can push the ball and make you play faster than you want to play. We want to push the envelope, push the tempo. We need to go fast. If we get stuck playing halfcourt defense, we’re in trouble.”
Even so, the Cats never faced any jeopardy in terms of the final outcome.
Freshmen Jesse Avarone and Alicia McIntosh drilled a pair of 3-pointers apiece during the first quarter as the Cats, who forced 11 first-quarter turnovers and 35 for the game, jumped out to a 24-2 lead at the 2:35 mark.
Avarone finished with a game-high 21 points and nine boards, followed by McIntosh with 17 points.
“Jesse hit some shots and got us off to a big lead, and Alicia hit some big shots early,” Minix said. “We have a lot of freshmen, and they didn’t play with the sense of urgency that our seniors did. With the 3-point line all it takes is a couple of 3-pointers and a cheap foul or two and it’s a close game. It’s all a part of growing up.”
OD freshman point guard Ashley Campbell added 12 points, 11 assists and three steals, and senior starter Justyne Kranenburg chipped in eight points and seven steals.
The Cats also received a big boost off their bench, led by Kristie Taylor with eight points and six rebounds.
“Our second five played hard and played with a purpose right from the beginning,” Minix said. “I thought Kristie Taylor came in and gave us a great effort, both Kristie and Haley White did. They flashed to the ball, kept the ball over their heads, and went to the glass. They did exactly what our post players are supposed to do.”
Rachel Pfledderer led the Blackhawks with 13 points, five steals and four assists.
Class A Sectional 50
• OREGON-DAVIS 86,
WESTVILLE 41
At Hamlet
Score by quarters
Westville: 8 22 32 41
OD: 24 48 70 86
WESTVILLE (41): Leah Mahlka 0 0-0 0, Ashley McClintock 0 0-0 0, Michelle Cunningham 1 2-2 4, Ashley Haack 3 0-0 8, Shaina Jacks 0 0-1 0, Rachel Pfledderer 4 3-3 13, Beth Piotrowski 0 1-2 1, Emily Henrich 0 0-0 0, Caitlyn Fennell 4 0-0 8, Amber Haack 0 1-2 1, Ashley Henrich 3 0-1 6, Krysten Wilson 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 15 7-11 41.
OD (86): Katie Schwenk 0 0-0 0, Ashley Campbell 4 4-5 12, Alicia McIntosh 7 0-0 17, Haley Collings 0 2-4 2, Jesse Avarone 8 1-2 21, Justyne Kranenburg 3 1-2 8, Haley White 3 0-0 6, Kayla Schnekenburger 1 0-2 2, Kristie Taylor 2 4-4 8, LeeAnn Meyer 3 0-0 6, Ali Stout 0 0-0 0, Lincy Jones 1 2-4 4. TOTALS: 32 14-23 86.
3-point goals: Westville 4 (As. Haack 2, Pfledderer), OD 8 (Avarone 4, McIntosh 3, Kranenburg); Turnovers: Westville 35, OD 20; Rebounds: Westville 22 (As. Haack, Fennell 4), OD 39 (Avarone 9); Assists: Westville 7 (Pfledderer 4), OD 24 (Campbell 11); Steals: Westville 5 (Pfledderer 5), OD 18 (Kranenburg 7); Fouls (fouled out): Westville 13 (none), OD 15 (none); Records: Westville 8-11 (final), OD 17-5.

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