ARGOS — It was a hard-fought, neck-and-neck game for most of the night at Phil Weybright Gymnasium, but the Lady Dragons of Argos prevailed over the CGA Eagles 55-50.
The Eagles started the game off well, taking a 16-10 lead after the first quarter. But everything changed when, with about three minutes left in the first quarter, 6’2” senior Andrijana Cvitkovic left the game with a possible concussion after hitting her head on the floor.
Culver still led at halftime, but the lead had narrowed to just one with the score 23-22. The Lady Eagles still played well, but it was their inability to defend the 3-point line that Coach Gary Christlieb said was the difference in the game.
“We didn’t defend the 3 line very well. They go 7 for 12, and that’s 21 points right there,” he said. “We lost shooters too much, and we didn’t execute offensively after the first quarter. You have to give them credit. They hit some big shots and some 3s. Down the stretch we didn’t do what we needed to do. We got behind and had to play catchup.”
Senior Jami Patterson led the attack for Argos with both her shooting and playmaking ability.
She had 19 points to fuel the team, and she was the catalyst for coach Gary Teel’s offense.
“In the first half they were in their 1-3-1, so what we tried to do was give Jami a high screen because we have had some success with her dribble penetration, breaking down and then dishing the ball off,” said Teel. “We knew that was going to be our option. Once we got that going, they tried to double team her out front, and we tried to get it to our wing people because we talked at halftime about moving our wing people up. I knew Coach Gary Christlieb was going to make adjustments to stop her. Once we started to get it to our wing people we were able to get it to our inside people and get inside hoops. I thought it was excellent team work and unselfish play.”
At the start of the second half, Argos was able to get on a mini-run and push the lead out to 27-23. Culver battled back and was able to re-take the lead and was ahead 37-36 at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle with Argos junior Libby Moyer hitting a basket with 1:06 left to put the Dragons up 49-47. Steal leading by two, Argos’ tough defense forced a turnover by Culver with 39.6 seconds left .
The home team took a timeout there to devise an inbounds play from the back court baseline.
Senior Kayla Prochno threw the ball over the halfcourt line and Jami Patterson outraced everyone to it and scored the easy lay-in to put her team up 51-47. That basket was the sealing moment in an exciting game.
“I felt that Jami was quick enough that she could get the ball,” said Teel. “If we just get it out there where it needs to be, she could go get it. She did and got us a nice lay-in, and it was a big bucket at that time of the game.”
Argos is now 5-3 and will look to continue its winning ways as it hosts North Judson Thursday night at 7:30.
CGA drops to 7-3 and will head to Oregon-Davis on Friday night at 7:30.
• ARGOS 55, CULVER GIRLS ACADEMY 50
Score by quarters
CGA: 16 23 37 50
Args: 10 22 36 55
CGA (50): Victoria Christlieb 12, Alle Baker 11, Andrijana Cvitkovic 6, Saralena Barry 7, Helen Weinberg 8, Rita Zambon 6, Jamie Madison 0, Grace Holzer 0; Totals: 20 9-16 50.
ARGOS (55): Jami Patterson 19, Karlee VanDerWeele 9, Kayla Prochno 5, Shelby Sanders 8, Amanda Middleton 2, Libby Moyer 8, Kelsy Kring 2, Shacoda Leed 2; Totals: 19 10-16 55.
3-pointers: CGA 1 (Barry), Argos 7 (Patterson 3, VanDerWeele 2, Sanders 2); Rebounds: CGA 14, Argos 19 (VanDerWeele 8); Turnovers: CGA 12, Argos 10; Assists: Argos 7 (VanDerWeele 4); Fouls (fouled out): CGA 14 (Weinberg), Argos 10 (Moyer).
Records: Argos 5-3, CGA 7-3
JV score: Argos 32, CGA 29