BOURBON — The John Glenn Lady Falcons’ 11-game win streak came to a screeching halt Friday night at the Trojan Trench, as the Triton Lady Trojans were able to defeat them in a high-intensity match-up by a score of 47-40.
Like John Glenn coach Kyle Amor said, it was a possession by possession game.
“It was a loose ball, a long rebound or a bad pass away from going our direction,” said Amor. “I know Triton and they are doing what they do best and they have a nose for the ball. Those loose balls and those long rebounds seem to find their hands before ours.”
The Falcons started the game on an 11-3 run, but Triton was able to close the gap and were down just three at the end of the first, trailing 16-13.
Triton was able to slow down the Falcons in the second quarter, holding them to only four points. The Lady Trojans took a one-point lead into halftime, thanks to a buzzer beating shot by senior Shana Anderson making the score 21-20.
Glenn came back in the third behind senior Katie Dreessen, who scored six of her nine points in the quarter. The Falcons led 30-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Both teams fought hard for every possession in the fourth, with neither team gaining an edge. Shana Anderson converted on a fast break reverse lay up to put the Trojans up by four late in the game, but Glenn came right back with a big bucket by sophomore Morgan Eggleston to bring the deficit to two. The score was 38-36 Triton with only 1:38 on the clock. Glenn sophomore Loren Vukovits hit two big free throws to make the score 40-39 Triton with only 36.4 remaining, but from there, junior Taylor Hatfield closed out the game hitting 6 of 6 from the line for Triton after their defense was able to force a couple of huge turnovers.
“We know Taylor can shoot free throws,” said Triton coach Adam Heckaman. “All the kids know that. They know at the end of game, in situations like that, their job is to get her the ball. We had a couple of other good options that I had no problem sending to the line, but when she’s on a roll, she can knock down 20 or 30 in a row.”
Both teams played a very evenly matched game with virtually the same stat line, but the turnovers and free-throw shooting in key situations proved to be the difference for the Trojans.
Heckaman wasn’t sure what to expect coming off a loss to Oregon-Davis, but was pleased with what he got against another tough opponent.
“With playing O-D on Wednesday, a big rivalry, I wasn’t quite sure how we would respond, but the girls knew this was a big game as far as conference standings go,” Heckaman said. “John Glenn is a great team. You don’t win 11 games in a row for nothing. Kyle is doing a fantastic job over there. They are a young team too. They have come a long way from last year. They are not going to lose a lot of games. We were just fortunate enough tonight to get the stops when we needed to and get the win at the end.”
The Falcons may have lost this one, but Amor isn’t counting them out.
“I saw the same sad faces that I saw when we lost the first one at Argos,” Amor said. “And this is a group that I know will respond. They’ll come back hungry. I’d be afraid to be the next team. I know it’s Oregon-Davis, but they hate losing. They are going to come ready to play.”
Triton is now 9-4 overall and 3-0 in the NSC and will be heading to New Prairie on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. John Glenn falls to just 11-2 and 3-1 in the NSC and will be playing at Oregon-Davis on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
• TRITON 47
Score by quarters
Triton: 13 21 27 47
Glenn: 16 20 30 40
TRITON (47): Shana Anderson 18, Kylie Mason 12, Taylor Hatfield 10, Krystal Sellars 3, Breanna Lemler 2, Mallorie Jennings 2, Allie Kann 0; Totals 15 14-22 47.
GLENN (40): Loren Vukovits 11, Katie Dreessen 9, Kyler Columbia 6, Morgan Eggleston 6, Natalie Shetler 4, Carah Ochs 2, Hannah Strange 2, Dilynn Schleg 0; Totals 13 12-18 40.
3-pointers: Triton 3 (Mason 2, Anderson), Glenn 2 (Columbia 2); Rebounds: Triton 26 (Anderson 9, Lemler 7), Glenn 26 (Vukovits 8, Dreessen 6, Columbia 3); Assists: Triton 7 (Sellars 4), Glenn 7 (Shetler 3); Steals: Triton 9 (Lemler 3, Mason 2, Jennings 2), Glenn 9 (Ochs 3, Columbia 3, Dreessen 2); Turnovers: Triton 14, Glenn 16; Fouls (fouled out): Triton 13 (Lemler), Glenn 18 (Dreessen).
Records: Triton 9-4 (3-0 NSC), Glenn 11-2 (3-1 NSC).