Lancers and Lady Cats survive round 1

LAKEVILLE — Fourpeat defending girls champion Oregon-Davis scuffled its way to a double-digit victory, while OD shooter Zach Richie was sidelined with the flu as the LaVille Lancers beat their guests by a lopsided 80-42 margin, and the Lady Bobcats survived 67-56 in first-round TCU Bi-County Basketball Tournament action Tuesday at Dale E. Cox Gymnasium.
Class A, No. 4 Lady Bobcats 67, Lady Lancers 56
Class A No. 4 Oregon-Davis got out-boarded by 15 and clanked its way to a 14-of-31 disaster from the charity stripe...and still won by double figures.
The Lady Cats’ chaos-inducing full-court defense told the rest of the story piling up 24 points off 35 turnovers to pull away for a 67-56 first-round Bi-County Girls Basketball Tournament win over LaVille.
Four-time defending tourney champion OD, bolstered by a game-high 26 points and four steals from freshman Ashley Campbell, advances to Thursday’s semifinal round against Triton, also at LaVille.
“I said to the girls in the locker room that if someone had told them before the game that we were going to be out-rebounded by 15 and hit 14 of 31 from the foul line what would they think happened,” OD head coach Terry Minix said. “They said they thought we would have lost, but we won. We did force 35 turnovers. That’s kind of our m.o.: be as hectic as you can be and cause as much commotion as possible.”
LaVille actually snared a brief 40-39 edge on point guard Elaine Schmeltz’s transition layup with 5:35 left in the third quarter. OD freshman Jesse Averone countered immediately with a go-ahead trey from the right wing that touched off a defense-fueled 18-2 run that put the Cats in command.
“We expelled a lot of energy in the third quarter; that quarter kind of set the tone,” Minix said. “We knocked them back on their heels some. I don’t think (LaVille) likes to play that fast. We want to dictate the speed of the game. We’re not a good halfcourt set team so we want to get up and down the floor.”
And the relentless pressure took a visible toll on the Lancers who looked gassed late in the third frame.
“That full-court press, (OD) has done that to a lot of teams; it’s their modus operandi,” LaVille head coach Kevin McCullough said. “When you can play that hard for a quarter and not foul once, that is superior defense. All the credit goes to OD. The turnovers, that’s the way it goes. We certainly aren’t going to be able to simulate that kind of pressure in practice.”
In addition to Campbell, who went 10 of 11 from the field — 8 of 9 in the first half — and drained four free throws in the final minute to sew up the OD win, Averone and freshman reserve Alicia McIntosh contributed 14 points apiece. Katie Schwenk and senior Justyne Kranenburg each pulled in five rebounds and sub Kristie Taylor mitigated OD’s second-quarter foul trouble with several solid minutes.
“(Campbell) is a special little ball player,” Minix said. “Justyne is such a good senior leader. It would be easy for her, as a senior, to resent these freshmen coming in getting the attention, but she just wants to win. If you ask Justyne she’ll tell you that Ashley was the key to us getting off to a good start, and that’s because she’s a good leader.
“We call Alicia our spark-plug, because she comes in and that’s what she does,” he added. “Kristie Taylor came in and did a really nice job against bigger players.”
For the Lancers, 6-foot junior center Jesse Feitz patrolled the paint for 23 points and a whopping 21 boards.
“There’s more in there, there’s an even better basketball player in there,” McCullough said of Feitz. “That’s an awesome game that she played tonight, and she’s still capable of more. She’s tall, athletic, and works hard. I’m proud of that kind of effort.”
Schmeltz chipped in 16 points, five steals, and three assists, and Leigha Manuel swiped four steals for the Lancers.
“(OD) put tremendous pressure on (Schmeltz),” McCullough said. “That kind of pressure has to wear her down. Our girls left it all out there. It was a pretty good game, and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”
LaVille meets New Prairie Thursday in the consolation round in the LaVille auxiliary gym.
At Lakeville
Score by quarters
OD: 20 39 57 67
LaVille: 20 34 42 56
OD (67): Katie Schwenk 0 0-4 0, Ashley Campbell 10 6-13 26, Alicia McIntosh 4 3-6 14, Jesse Averone 4 4-5 14, Justyne Kranenburg 4 0-1 8, Kristie Taylor 1 1-2 3, LeeAnn Meyer 1 0-0 2, Haley Collings. TOTALS: 24 14-31 67.
LaVILLE (56): Leigha Manuel 0 3-4 3, Zoe Bulick 1 2-2 4, Elaine Schmeltz 8 0-0 16, Jesse Feitz 8 7-10 23, Lynae Hostrawser 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Kopetski 1 1-2 3, Amanda Carbiener 2 0-0 4, Katie Bettcher 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 21 13-18 56.
3-point goals: OD 5 (McIntosh 3, Averone), LaVille 1 (Bettcher); Turnovers: OD 16, LaVille 37; Rebounds: OD 27 (Schwenk, Kranenburg 5), LaVille 42 (Feitz 21); Assists: OD 10 (McIntosh 3), LaVille 6 (Schmeltz); Steals: OD 15 (Campbell 4), LaVille 10 (Schmeltz 5); Fouls (fouled out): OD 14 (none), LaVille 24 (Kopetski, Bettcher); Records: OD 11-3, LaVille 7-7.
Lancers 80, Bobcats 42
LaVille’s boys basketball team designed a plan to slow down Oregon-Davis’ high-scoring Zach Richie Tuesday.
The details of that scheme remain secret.
A nasty bout with the flu put Richie, the state’s leading scorer at 43.6 points per game, out of commission, and the Lancers landed five players in double figures to capture an 80-42 first-round Bi-County Tournament win at Dale E. Cox Gymnasium.
Host LaVille squares off against defending champion Triton in semifinal action Friday at 8 p.m.
“We prepared for Richie,” LaVille head coach Michael Edison said. “We were going to try something. Would it have worked? I guess we’ll have to find out later in the season. It really hurt them not to have Richie and (Craig) McIntosh.”
Meanwhile, OD head coach Matt Richie, Zach’s dad, said more should be known about his son’s condition Wednesday.
“He’s got the flu, and he’s going to the doctor (Wednesday),” the OD boss said. “He’s in a lot of pain right now. We’re praying that whatever it is passes. It’s been an ordeal for him the past couple days.”
With McIntosh, OD’s second-leading scorer at 9.3 points per game, out as well with an ankle injury, the Lancers turned back a fast OD start and quickly put away the depleted Cats with an interior-oriented offensive attack.
LaVille guard Jordyn Williams hit a pair of free throws at the 4:11 mark of the first quarter to kick off a 22-2 run that turned a 12-11 LaVille edge into a 34-13 margin with 4:39 left in the second frame.
“We got off to a good start, but so did they,” Edison said. “We did shoot the ball fairly decent. We were able to get the shots we wanted. I was happy with our defensive intensity. We took several charges. We had that focus that we wanted.
Nick Amor, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the first quarter and finished the evening 7 of 7 from the field to lead the Lancers.
Williams tacked on 14 points and three steals for LaVille, which shot 56 percent from the field and turned the ball over just nine times. Senior forward Codee Kimbel added 13 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Andrew Hostetler and junior forward Justin Baker racked up 12 points apiece for LaVille. Baker also yanked down seven boards, and Hostetler handed out three assists.
“Nick Amor got a couple of offensive rebounds and putbacks early in the game,” Edison said. “Our goal was to go low. We figured if we wouldn’t turn the ball over, we could get the shots we wanted. We were looking for a higher-percentage shot. Our main goal was to keep our composure and not turn the ball over.”
Sophomore Dalton Taylor led the way for OD with a game-best 22 points. Zach Taylor contributed 11 points and five rebounds. Nolan Coffin ripped down five rebounds and dished out three assists for OD.
“We need guys to step up,” Richie said. “I thought Dalton Taylor did a nice job stepping up and knocking down some shots.
“It’s difficult to replace 50-some points,” he added. “With our lack of size, our inability to rebound and play defense put us in a really bad spot. LaVille was able to put a lot of pressure on the guards and clog up the middle and shut us down that way. We didn’t have an answer.”
OD takes on New Prairie in Friday’s consolation round at the LaVille auxiliary gym.
• LaVILLE 80,
At Lakeville
Score by quarters
OD: 13 18 27 42
LaVille: 23 49 66 80
OD (42): Dalton Taylor 9 0-0 22, William Becker 0 0-0 0, Marc Edwards 0 2-3 2, Nolan Coffin 0 0-1 0, Ricardo Mastrocesare 0 0-0 0, Kenneth VandeMieroop 1 0-0 3, Zach Taylor 3 3-6 11, Nathan Boyle 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 15 5-10 42.
LAVILLE (80): Trenton Stout 2 0-2 6, Jordyn Williams 5 4-5 14, Drew Dutoi 1 0-0 3, Jason Duerring 1 0-0 3, Landon Manuel 0 0-0 0, Codee Kimbel 6 1-1 13, Tim Wicks 1 0-0 2, Andrew Hostetler 4 2-2 12, Nick Amor 7 1-2 15, Justin Baker 3 6-8 12. TOTALS: 30 14-20 80.
3-point goals: OD 6 (D. Taylor 3, Z. Taylor 2, VandeMieroop), LaVille 6 (Stout 2, Hostetler 2, Dutoi, Duerring); Turnovers: OD 19, LaVille 9; Rebounds: OD 23 (Coffin, Z. Taylor 5), LaVille 28 (Kimbel, Baker 7); Assists: OD 9 (Coffin 3), LaVille 13 (Hostetler); Steals: OD 3, LaVille 7 (Williams 3); Fouls (fouled out): OD 19 (VandeMieroop, Mastrocesare), LaVille 16 (none); Records: OD 3-10, LaVille 6-5.