WALKERTON — John Glenn girls basketball head coach Kyle Amor wanted to see aggressive play from his charges Friday.
The Lady Falcons delivered.
Buoyed by a 13-2 game-opening run, sticky on-the-ball defense, and 16 offensive boards, Glenn rolled to its sixth straight victory with a 53-30 Northern State Conference rout of visiting Jimtown at The Aerie Friday.
“At Bethany Christian Tuesday we were tentative and did a lot of waiting for something to happen,” Amor said. “Tonight we told them to be aggressive. I even wrote it on the board before the game. I told them we had to initiate the action with our physicality rather than finesse. We did that.”
Sophomore center Loren Vukovits paced a balanced Glenn attack with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Sophomore guard Natalie Shetler chipped in 10 points, highlighted by a trey off a dish from senior guard Carah Ochs to put the Falcons up 13-2 with 2:50 left in the opening frame.
Also for Glenn, sophomore guard Kyler Columbia drilled three of her first four attempts from 3-point territory and finished with nine points, all in the initial nine minutes of the game.
“We’re one of those teams when we’re shooting well we’re hard to stop,” Amor said. “The good thing is we have a number of shooters. If not Natalie, we have Carah or Kyler; it seems like one of them steps up. It was Natalie at Winamac. Tonight it was Kyler who hit some shots early in the game. If the outside’s not there we’ve got size inside. Teams have to pick their poison with us.
“Give credit to (Jimtown) coach (Gene) Johnson; his teams are so good at taking away penetration,” he added. “In the third quarter our guards decided to kick out. I had to remind them that there’s shots other than the 3. I hope we’re not going to become a team that lives and dies with the 3-pointer, but I do think we’re getting more balanced.”
Glenn, which out-rebounded Jimtown 29-21, also received significant contributions off the bench from Hannah Strange with six points and four rebounds.
Defensively, the Falcons alternated between switching man-to-man, 2-3 zone, and mixed in an occasional full-court press, forcing 20 turnovers and holding the Jimmies to a 29-percent mark from the field.
“I think our defensive intensity was the leading factor in the game,” Amor said. “We did a nice job stopping (Jimtown’s Ally) Viscik’s penetration. That and our shooting got us off to a good start.”
After finishing 4-17 last year with a young squad, the much-improved Falcons, who played just their second home game of the season Friday, now stand at 6-1.
“Coach Johnson told me last year after he beat us by one point that the good thing is freshmen become sophomores,” Amor said. “We were so young last year, and we’re still young, but I have sophomores with a lot of game-time experience. They’re playing with a lot of confidence.”
Viscik led the Jimmies with nine points.
The Falcons host Plymouth Tuesday.
• JOHN GLENN 53,
Score by quarters
Jimtown: 8 17 21 30
Glenn: 16 31 39 53
JIMTOWN (30): Logan Trosper 0 0-0 0, Joy Moore 4 2-2 10, Tori Henkler 1 0-0 2, Ally Vicsik 2 5-6 9, Alli Brothers 0 0-2 0, Heather Bozman 1 0-0 2, Lindsey Stose 1 0-0 2, Shawntel James 0 5-6 5, Mykala Hurtekant 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 9 12-16 30.
GLENN (53): Sarah Kosinski 0 0-0 0, Brytanee Stull 0 0-0 0, Carah Ochs 2 1-2 6, Kyler Columbia 3 0-0 9, Dillynn Schleg 1 0-2 2, Natalie Shetler 2 5-6 10, Katie Dreessen 2 0-0 4, Hannah Strange 3 0-1 6, Loren Vukovits 4 3-3 11, Erin Patterson 2 0-0 5. TOTALS: 19 9-14 53.
3-point goals: Jimtown none, Glenn 6 (Columbia 3, Shetler, Ochs, Patterson); Turnovers: Jimtown 20, Glenn 12; Rebounds: Jimtown 21 (Bozman 5), Glenn 29 (Vukovits 6); Assists: Jimtown 4, Glenn 12 (Shetler 4); Steals: Jimtown 5, Glenn 6; Fouls (fouled out): Jimtown 9 (none), Glenn 16 (none); Records: Jimtown 3-6 (0-2 NSC), Glenn 6-1 (2-0 NSC).
JV score: Glenn 37, Jimtown 12