Lions earn 1st win vs. Plymouth

BREMEN — Trouble converting from the free throw line has translated into a troubled start for Bremen early this season. The Lady Lions turned things around both at the stripe and in the win-loss column Tuesday.
Bremen hit 20 of 25 from the foul line, and the Lions claimed their first win of the season with a convincing 51-40 win over visiting Plymouth.
“That’s what I’ve been telling them all year. We haven’t shot the ball well free throw-wise all year,” said Bremen Head Girls Basketball Coach Marty Huber. “That just proves my point. If they’re going to give you free ones, you’ve got to take advantage of them.”
The Lions finished the game with a nine-point advantage at the line over the Pilgrims, who went 11 of 21 at the contest. Bremen knocked down 13 for 15 from the stripe in the first half to stay in the game despite a 2-for-9 conversion rate from the field before the break. In the first quarter alone the Lions hit their freebies at a 9-of-10 clip to battle back from a 9-2 deficit and take a 14-10 lead into the quarter break.
“You’ve got to credit Bremen. They came out, they were 0-4, and I think they’ve played some pretty good teams. I think they might have wanted it a little worse than we did,” said Plymouth head coach Dave Cox. “I thought we did some nice stuff, I thought we had some focus for awhile, but, boy, we just can’t seem to sustain offense. And we just really died tonight defensively. Young teams will do this where you’re trying to pressure, and then when they come out of the pressure situations they don’t tighten up and you give up a lot of drives. We had no help; they got to the rim. Give them credit, they hit their free throws. You’re going to win a lot of games shooting that many and hitting that many.”
The Lions were led at the line by senior Allison Shorter, who got to the stripe five times and converted at an opportunistic 8-of-10 rate for a game-high 14 points. Fellow senior Kailee Feldman finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, while junior shooting guard Sara Slabaugh finished with 12 points on the strength of three treys — including two straight on Feldman assists with under a minute to go in the third quarter to help the Lions take a 37-29 advantage into the final stanza.
“If you want to have a good team you’ve got to have balanced scoring,” said Huber. “We’ve got a long way to go, but our team’s working at it. I’m very, very proud of them. They’re starting to trust what we’re teaching them, and they’re starting to do what we teach them. That’s what I keep telling them, I’ve been around this game a long time, and you’ve got to do the little things.”
Bremen’s success in getting to and converting from the line meant foul trouble for Plymouth as starters Carly Baker, Hunter Stevens and Amber Redinger — who eventually fouled out with 1:41 remaining in the game — all racked up three fouls before halftime, limiting their playing time and affecting their play while they were on the floor.
“I didn’t think we handled that well. I think we maybe didn’t mentally toughen up,” said Cox. “I thought we kind of got into worrying about it and worrying about what the officials were going to call when maybe we should’ve just adjusted our location and our position on defense so we weren’t in a reaching spot. Everything’s still teachable and coachable. We’ve just got to want to learn and go from there.”
Plymouth was led by Redinger’s and Lauren Tanner’s nine points, five rebounds and two assists, while freshman Stevens finished with seven points, four rebounds and two steals. Fellow freshman Haley Harrell chipped in five points with two assists and five rebounds as well.
The Pilgrims slide to 1-3 with their third straight loss and will get a week’s layover for the Thanksgiving holiday before resuming play against Tippecanoe Valley Dec. 1.
“We need the break,” said Cox. “We’ve been working pretty hard all the way and they’re young kids that probably aren’t used to this pace, and I think mentally we’re probably a little tired.”
Bremen improves to 1-4 with its first win of the season and will also take a week off before hosting potential sectional foe Westview Dec. 1.
“Wins cure a lot of things, and it makes you try to do better the next time you play,” Huber said. “It’s like I told them ‘Look out for the Lions now because we’re ready to go.’ The kids are starting to execute with what we’re doing, and I know one thing, when our girls come on the floor they’ll play hard.”
At Bremen
Score by quarters
Plymouth: 10 18 29 49
Bremen: 14 18 37 51
PLYMOUTH (40): Lauren Tanner 3 0-0 9, Brittany Gantz 1 0-0 2, Marissa German 0 0-0 0, Carly Baker 2 1-2 5, Haley Harrell 2 1-4 5, Brittany Himes 0 0-0 0, Amber Redinger 3 3-7 9, Victoria Dewar 0 1-2 1, Hunter Stevens 1 5-6 7, Allie Wright 1 0-0 2; Totals: 13 11-21 40
BREMEN (51): Jenessa Morris 1 2-2 4, Megan Stouder 0 0-0 0, Sara Slabaugh 4 1-3 12, Allison Shorter 3 8-10 14, Brooke Baker 2 3-3 7, Kailee Feldman 3 4-5 10, Brooke Snyder 1 2-2 4; Totals: 14 20-25 51
3-pointers: Plymouth 3 (Tanner 3), Bremen 3 (Slabaugh 3); Fouls (fouled out): Plymouth 22 (Redinger), Bremen 14 (none); Turnovers: Plymouth 25, Bremen 22; Rebounds: Plymouth 28 (Tanner 5, Harrell 5, Redinger 5), Bremen 36 (Feldman 11); Assists: Plymouth 8 (Tanner 2, Harrell 2, Redinger 2); Bremen 6 (Slabaugh 2, Feldman 2); Steals: Plymouth 11 (Redinger 3), Bremen 8 (Slabaugh 3);
Records: Plymouth 1-3, Bremen 1-4
JV score: Plymouth 34, Bremen 26