ELKHART - At first glance, these results from a high school girls basketball team seem to suggest it must have been a good game for said team: your top scorer scored above her average, a player made a buzzer-beating basket, the team scored the last seven points during one quarter, and the team hit 11-of-12 free throws.
All of those things did happen for Concord Saturday afternoon - on its home court no less - and yet the Lady Minutemen were trounced by Plymouth, 67-43, in Northern Lakes Conference action at McCuen Gym.
Led by the offense of Kaylee Dragani early, Taylor Delp all game long, and double digits from reserve Sophie Miller, Plymouth had way too much firepower for Concord while scoring its highest point total of the season.
The win is the third straight for the Lady Pilgrims and keeps them tied for second place in the NLC with Northridge with two conference games remaining. Plymouth’s last regular season and NLC game just so happens to be at Northridge on Jan. 27.
Dragani, had three of her four three-pointers in the first quarter as PHS jumped out to a 13-0 lead and was ahead 23-4 at one point in that initial period. Concord did score the last seven points of the second stanza, but before that the Plymouth lead reached as high as 39-12. Delp scored seven of her game-high 23 points during that frame and Miller had five of her 11.
“Our first half was explosive,” said Plymouth head coach Micaela Schalliol. “We shot the ball extremely well (60 percent from the field). Taylor had a great game. Kaylee shot the ball really well (4-for-5 from beyond the arc). We had a lot of different offensive weapons, which was awesome.”
The Concord buzzer-beater came at the end of the third as part of a 4-0 run to end that period, but those were the only four points the team scored during that eight-minute stretch as the lead was 51-19 just prior to that.
The PHS defense was spot-on most of the game. Concord did not make its first field goal of the game until 1:27 remained in the first period. The Lady Minutemen had just eight points after one quarter, 19 at halftime and only 23 through three quarters.
Concord’s leading scorer, Aliyah Hershberger, did finish with 16 points, two above her average, but 10 of those came in the last couple minutes of the game, well after the outcome had been decided.
“Our defense was really, really good,” beamed Schalliol. “We had 16 points in transition. That’s the first time we have hit that goal. They were motivated to hit that because if they did, they would not have to condition at practice Monday.”
Dragani finished with 14 points. Delp was the team’s leading rebounder with eight. Lena Jones and Clare Sheedy (9 pts) each had five assists, many of those ending up as one of Delp’s nine field goals.
Plymouth’s next game is at Winamac (5-14) on Tuesday. The Lady Warriors have lost eight straight.
• PLYMOUTH 67, CONCORD 43
CONCORD: Riley Ragland 1 0-0 2, Ashlyn Fish 1 0-0 3, Lauren Smith 3 0-0 7, Aliyah Hershberger 5 4-4 16, Dominique Stilley 0 0-0 0, Lynnsey Delio 1 2-2 5, Mileah McKain 1 5-6 8, Kendal Taylor 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 13 11-12 43.
PLYMOUTH: Keiara Himes 0 0-0 0, Sara Hunter 1 3-4 5, Ellie Jones 0 0-0 0, Taylor Delp 9 5-7 23, Lena Jones 1 1-2 4, Kaylee Dragani 5 0-0 14, Emma Krupp 0 0-0 0, Rylie Mann 0 0-0 0, Sophie Miller 5 1-2 11, Clare Sheedy 4 1-4 9, Halle Hopple 0 1-3 1. TOTALS: 25 12-22 67.
Score by quarters
Concord 8 19 24 43
Plymouth 23 39 51 67
3-pointers: Plymouth 5 (Dragani 4, L. Jones), Concord 6 (Hershberger 2, Fish, Smith, Delio, McKain). Fouls (fouled out): Plymouth 13 (none), Concord 13 (none)
Records: Plymouth 11-7 (4-1 NLC), Concord 7-12 (1-5 NLC)