Argos girls, John Glenn boys move on to 2nd round

ARGOS — Third quarter defense cued a Lady Dragons win in the girls opener, while Glenn used a 22-4 second quarter to take control for the eventual win as the Falcons beat host Argos 75-30 in a boys reprisal for Glenn’s 50-39 loss to the Lady Dragons as the 46th Annual TCU Bi-County Basketball Tour-nament got under way at Argos Tuesday.
Lady Dragons 50,
Lady Falcons 39
In girls’ action, Argos used a big third quarter to pull away from Glenn 50-39 in the first round of the 46th Teachers Credit Union Bi-County tournament.
Defense cued the win as the host Lady Dragons broke a 19-all halftime tie with a 16-4 fourth quarter en route to the win.
“We needed the ‘D’ to pick it up and that’s what happened in the third quarter,” said Argos head girls basketball coach Nick Medich. “The defense got some stops and created some points on turnovers.”
The result mirrored the last two losses for the Falcons — who were 2-2 in their last four games heading into Tuesday’s tourney opener — in which they were outscored late by Northern State Conference foes LaVille and Bremen.
“Perhaps we have struggled in the last quarter due to fatigue as we aren’t deep,” John Glenn head coach John Willoughby said. “Like Argos, we have two seniors with a bunch of young kids, so those game decisions are tough,” said Willoughby.
For Argos, the game plan was play with a faster pace offensively, add more full-court pressure and try to create mismatches down low for Kayla Prochno. That game plan worked well offensively as the freshman scored nine of her 11 first-half points in that first quarter.
Conversely, Glenn’s Carah Ochs had two early buckets but went to the bench with three first-quarter fouls. Senior Jacy Borlik helped the Falcons overcome Prochno’s effort with seven points of her own to keep the teams knotted up at the half.
To start the second half, Glenn took a lead on a bucket by Katie Dreessen, but Argos answered with baskets down low by Karlee VanDerWeele and Prochno and never trailed again.
The Dragons turned up the defensive pressure in the third as senior Latisha Shepherd had a part of four steals. She also hit a triple on the way to seven points in the third frame, and Argos pushed to a 12-point margin, which it held for most of the rest of the game.
Borlik — who led Glenn with 16 points — tried to rally her team with a steal for two points and four straight free-throws followed by a bucket-and-one. However, Jami Patterson helped break Glenn’s full-court press leading to several baskets, and the Dragons held on for the win.
Prochno led all scorers with 20 and Shepherd added 13.
Argos improved to 7-8 and will move on to face Culver in semifinal action Thursday, while the Falcons fell to 3-12 and will take on Bremen in the consolation round.
At Argos
Score by quarters
Argos: 13 19 35 50
Glenn: 11 19 23 39
GLENN (39): Carah Ochs 2 3-5 7, Jacy Borlik 4 7-7 16, Cayla Ochs 3 0-1 6, Katie Dreessen 3 0-0 6, Dillyn Schleg 0 0-0 0, Sarah Traversa 0 0-0 0, Erin Patterson 2 0-0 4, Hannah Strange 0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Dodson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 14 10-13 39.
ARGOS (50): Jami Patterson 3 2-2 8, Alex Zechiel 1 0-0 2, Karlee VanDerWeele 1 0-1 2, Latisha Shepherd 5 2-2 13, Shelby Sanders 2 1-2 5, Carly McCay 0 0-0 0, Emily Alcorn 0 0-0 0, Madeline Williams 0 0-0 0, Kayla Prochno 9 2-4 20; Totals: 21 7-11 50.
3-point goals: Argos 1 (Shepherd), Glenn 1 (Borlik); Fouls (fouled out): Argos 14 (none), 15 Glenn (none); Records: Argos 6-8, Glenn 3-11
Falcons 75, Dragons 30
In the boys contest, Glenn used a 22-4 second quarter to pull away and never looked back for a 75-30 win.
Argos took an initial 3-0 lead on a triple by freshman Dominic Cataldo as the Dragons started fast. Glenn, in fact, didn’t get on the board until 3:19 in the first quarter on a bucket from Jon Stewart, but the Falcons scored nine straight before Argos seniors Matt Hollar and Sam Edmonds hit buckets to keep the Dragons close at 10-7 at the quarter break.
Glenn soon found a rhythm in the second quarter, stretching its lead to 32-11 at the half. Any hopes of a Dragons comeback were squelched as Brock Solmos hit back-to-back treys to start the second half en route to a game-high 24 points, which included six triples.
Josh Anderson and Tom Knape added 12 and 11 points respectively as Glenn advanced to 6-4 on the year.
Matt Hollar and Taylor Ogle had six each to lead the Dragons, now 0-12.
Despite the loss, Argos head coach Doug Snyder knew his young squad — which regularly plays three freshmen — was up against a stronger, more experienced squad, and he stayed positive Tuesday.
“We want to get to the point where we compete every game,” he said. “Since Christmas we’ve made some strides and really competed four of the last five games.”
Ar Argos
Score by quarters
Argos: 7 11 17 30
Glenn: 10 32 56 75
ARGOS (30): Duane Spencer 0 0-0 0, Matt Hollar 1 4-5 6, Dylan Colburn 2 1-2 5, Sam Edmonds 2 0-1 4, Zack Smith 0 0-0 0, Dominic Cataldo 1 1-2 4, Taylor Ogle 2 0-0 6, Brian Snyder 2 0-0 5; Totals: 10 6-10 30.
GLENN (75): Charlie Dreessen 1 6-9 8 , Carsen Heim 2 2-5 6, Jordan Hesters 1 1-2 4, Tom Knape 4 1-3 11, Trey Rhodes 0 1-2 1, Brock Solmos 8 2-2 24, Josh Anderson 4 2-2 12, Jon Stewart 1 3-4 5, Aaron Stegemiller 2 0-0 4; Totals: 21 18-29 75.
3-point goals: Argos 4 (Ogle 2, Cataldo, Snyder), Glenn 9 (Solmos 6, Anderson 2, Hesters): Fouls (fouled out): Argos 21 (Colburn, Snyder), Glenn 16 (none); Records: Argos 0-12, Glenn 6-4.