WALKERTON — John Glenn’s girls basketball team kicked up its five-week-old winning streak another notch Thursday.
The Lady Falcons, who claimed a combined seven wins over the previous two seasons, snared their 10th straight victory with a 53-44 Senior Night win over a quick, physical South Bend Adams squad at The Aerie.
“These seniors have seen some pretty low lows,” second-year Glenn head coach Kyle Amor said. “They endured it and have done what it takes to get us to the next level; they’ve tutored and mentored the younger players. These seniors are irreplaceable. I have a talented group of sophomores, but we’ve built the team on the shoulders of the seniors; they’re the backbone.
“Scottie Pippen said the hardest thing to do is accept your role,” Amor added. “They haven’t always been completely happy with their roles, but they accept them because they all have the ultimate goal. Winning comes first.”
Glenn senior forward Katie Dreessen registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, held Adams leading scorer Taloni Reese in check and took a pair of charges in a solid all-around performance. She converted two crucial old-fashioned 3-point plays, one during a 10-0 first-half run that handed the Falcons a 22-10 lead, the second to give Glenn a 34-27 advantage with 1:13 left in the third frame, just moments after the Eagles trimmed their deficit to a second half-low four points.
“(Dreessen) does so much for us, but it’s usually not scoring,” Amor said. “We’ve had a couple games this year that we don’t win without her and she scored two points. Defensively, she sticks to people, gets into passing lanes, and if there’s a loose ball she’s going to come up with it. She plays one speed and that’s all out. Katie’s defense on Taloni Reese definitely set the tone, and then Reese got in foul trouble. Those were keys for us.”
Sophomore Kyler Columbia nailed four triples as part of a game-high 15 points and nabbed three steals for the Falcons. She hit her first three treys over a 3-minute span in the second quarter to put Glenn up 25-13.
“Kyler had the hot hand,” Amor said. “We were ahead, and then she drained some big 3s to keep our momentum.”
Also for the Falcons, senior guard Carah Ochs dissected Adams’ man-to-man, and 2-3 and 1-3-1 zones with seven assists, including the dish on Dreessen’s second 3-point play followed by a feed to sophomore guard Natalie Shetler for a trifecta and 37-27 Glenn lead late in the third.
“Carah’s a key to have on the floor,” Amor said. “She helps compose everyone. She’s that extra ballhandler that we needed with Adams putting so much pressure on Kyler.”
Devyn Jackson paced the Eagles with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Lucy Presnal chipped in 11 points. Although Adams forced 21 turnovers, a 0-for-6 mark from the field in the first quarter coupled with Glenn’s 10-0 second-quarter run left the Eagles chasing all night.
“They’ve got some ballplayers,” Amor said of Adams. “They’ve got a lot of quickness. It’s a great tune-up for Triton and Oregon-Davis. I told the girls before the game to be ready for slapping, bumping, scraping, because they were going to come after us.”
Glenn, whose sole loss of the season came in its opener at Argos, heads to Mishawaka Marian Jan. 3.
• JOHN GLENN 53,
SOUTH BEND ADAMS 44
Score by quarters
Adams: 3 16 29 44
Glenn: 7 25 37 53
ADAMS (44): Taloni Reese 4 0-0 8, Devyn Jackson 3 7-14 13, Deija Wesson 2 0-0 5, Derria Chambliss 0 0-0 0, Tieress Jones 2 0-0 5, Jenna Thomas 1 0-2 2, Lucy Presnal 3 3-3 11; Totals: 15 10-19 44.
GLENN (53): Carah Ochs 0 2-2 2, Kyler Columbia 5 1-2 15, Dillyn Schleg 1 0-0 2, Natalie Shetler 2 2-2 8, Katie Dreessen 6 2-4 14, Hannah Strange 2 0-0 4, Loren Vukovits 2 2-2 6, Morgan Eggleston 1 0-0 2, Erin Patterson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 19 9-12 53.
3-point goals: Adams 4 (Presnal, Wesson, Jones), Glenn 6 (Columbia 4, Shetler 2); Turnovers: Adams 20, Glenn 21; Rebounds: Adams 29 (Jackson 7), Glenn 28 (Dreessen 10); Assists: Adams 4, Glenn 16 (Ochs 7); Steals: Adams 12 (Thomas 4), Glenn 7 (Columbia 3); Fouls (fouled out): Adams 17 (none), Glenn 15 (Vukovits).
Records: Adams 6-5, Glenn 10-1.