Triton hands Argos 1st loss, 53-45
PLYMOUTH — Triton jumped up on Argos early and rode the fast start to a win at home at the Trojan Trench Tuesday, 53-45.
The Lady Trojans (1-0) used some tough defense and good team speed to open on an 11-0 tear in the game’s first three and a half minutes. The two teams played evenly after that, but Argos (2-1) never got closer than five points away as the Lady Dragons suffered their first defeat of the year.
“That’s one thing we’ve talked about this year is we really want to get out and get after teams right away, play some tough defense and get up and down the floor early and get a good start,” said Triton Head Girls Basketball Coach Adam Heckaman. “We did that; we got up and down and got some easy buckets, got our confidence going and that really helps as the game wears on to have that little bit of cushion at the beginning.”
It took some time for Argos to adjust to the Trojans’ 1-3-1 zone spearheaded by junior Shana Anderson as the visitors scuffled to a 2-for-8 start from the field in the opening frame.
“I don’t think there were any surprises with what they were going to do just based even on what we saw last year,” said Argos Head Coach Nick Medich. “For some reason, our girls have a hard time against a 1-3-1. Everything we tried to show them in practice, they came out and didn’t want to do it for some reason. They were hesitant to attack it, and then when they got to a spot to where they should maybe make one more dribble, they’d pick it up and stop. It wasn’t gelling at all.”
Triton was led by its two most experienced returners in Anderson and the team’s lone senior, Megan Howdeshell.
Anderson finished the game at an efficient 7-for-10 clip from the field — including a 3-for-4 rate from downtown — on her way to a team-high 17 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals, while Howdeshell put up 10 points with four steals and four rebounds in the win.
“We talked at the beginning of this year with those two,” said Heckaman. “We need them to step up this year from the point of leadership. We don’t necessarily need them to step up every night for scoring. We’ve got a lot of kids that can shoot the ball and a lot of kids that can put it in the basket, but just from a leadership standpoint we need them to step up, and they’ve done that. They both started out the game really well, got us going early on, continued that and were aggressive. They found the people that they needed to at the right time and got the steals that we needed.”
Sophomore Trojans point guard Taylor Hatfield and freshman reserve guard Kylie Mason finished just shy of double digits with nine points apiece for the home team, meanwhile.
Argos was led by junior forward Kayla Prochno, who fell just shy of a double-double with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds, while junior point guard Jami Patterson buried three triples on her way to 15 points at Triton.
“I’m interested in seeing how much she’d have had if she hadn’t missed a couple free throws and a couple and-ones and all the misses of all the little bunnies,” said Medich of Prochno.
“Patterson with 15 points; I think they were a quiet 15. We’re still looking for quite a bit more out of her, especially from a ball handling standpoint and running the offense.”
Argos slid to 2-1 on the season after opening with road wins over John Glenn and South Central. The Dragons hit the road for Jimtown Saturday before their home opener versus Culver Community next Tuesday.
Triton improves to a 2-0 start, meanwhile, and will hit the road for Plymouth Thursday.
• TRITON 53, ARGOS 45
Score by quarters
Argos: 12 21 30 45
Triton: 17 28 44 53
TRITON (53): Kaelyn Mason 0 0-0 0, Taylor Hatfield 3 3-3 9, Breanna Lemler 0 0-0 0, Krystal Sellers 0 0-0 0, Kylie Mason 3 2-5 9, Mallorie Jennings 3 1-2 8, Shana Anderson 7 1-2 17, Megan Howdeshell 4 2-3 10; Totals: 20 9-15 53.
ARGOS (45): Jami Patterson 5 2-3 15, Karlee VanDerWeele 1 1-2 3, Allison Flower 0 0-0 0, Shelby Sanders 2 0-1 5, Carly McCay 0 0-0 0, Libby Moyer 0 3-4 3, Kayla Prochno 5 8-11 18; Totals: 13 14-21 45.
3-pointers: Argos 5 (Patterson 3, Sanders 2), Triton 5 (Anderson 3, Kylie Mason 1, Jennings 1); Turnovers: Argos 22, Triton 20; Rebounds: Argos 24 (Prochno 9), Triton 26 (Howdeshell 4, Anderson 4); Steals: Argos 8 (Prochno 4), Triton 16 (Howdeshell 4); Assists: Argos 2, Triton 10 (Hatfield 2, Jennings 2, Anderson 2)
Records: Triton 2-0, Argos 2-1
JV score: Triton 36, Argos 34 OT