The Stover Lady Bulldogs finished their week with a win over Northwest Tuesday, Jan. 12, and again against Smithton Saturday, Jan. 16, both on the home court.
Stover returned to conference play with a 64-27 win over Northwest Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the Stover Dome.
“We didn’t play well in the first quarter, missing some easy shots and also allowed some lapses in defense,” said Coach Ernie Haag.
The Lady Bulldogs got it going in the second quarter, outscoring Northwest 19-6. “We did a better job of finishing around the basket, and our pressure finally took hold,” said Haag.
Stover continued their offense in the third with another 19-point quarter and finished the game with a 14-point fourth quarter.
“In the second half, we played some different defenses and gave up a few too many easy baskets, but with the big lead we are always looking to improve,” said Haag.
Stover capitalized on several Northwest turnovers and missed shots to push the game pace to Stover’s liking. “We got them to play fast with some good pressure and some better defense,” said Haag. “Julia
Marriott had a good second half defensively. We switched Julia on their best player and she did what she does best.”
Stover used all 12 players for the win. “Our subs are really coming on right now and they deserve some opportunities,” said Haag. “It was nice to see them win their junior varsity half game.”
Amyjah Belt raked in 18 points, followed by Julia Marriott with 17. Katelynn Jackson tipped in eight points, followed by Tierra Stark and Madison Mosher with six points each.
Abby Dittmer chipped in five points and Josiah Walker scored four points.
Stover defeated the Smithton Lady Tigers 72-34 in front of the homecoming crowd Saturday, Jan. 16 in the Stover Dome, improving their winning streak to five.
Stover led by six points after the first quarter. “We missed some easy shots early due to the excitement of the night and crowd,” said Haag. “Once we settled in, we did a better job of defending and finishing.”
The Lady Bulldogs took off in the second quarter with a 21-6 quarter.
“Our pressure got to them, causing them to take some forced shots, and make mistakes which we capitalized on,” said Haag. “However, we didn’t defend the post like we had practiced, which was disappointing.”
Stover came out after half time and was on fire on the third quarter and put up a season high of 27 points in a quarter. “We had tremendous balance and did a great job of making the extra pass for a better shot,” said Haag. “We were getting good shots, but when the team plays unselfishly and makes the extra pass it’s special to watch.”
Stover had a breakout game from junior Katelynn Jackson who had a career high 21 points in the game. “Kate was huge on offense, taking advantage of the opportunities she had tonight,” said Haag. “She scored in a variety of ways and was 75 percent from the free-throw line, as well. Her defensive game was really good, and we are very happy for her.”
Once again, Stover used all 12 players for the win. “Our inexperienced kids keep getting some valuable minutes in games which will pay off in the future.”
Stover continues conference play this week with games at Green Ridge and another home game against Sacred Heart. “We can’t take any game for granted right now,” said Haag. “We need to increase our focus in practice and keep preparing for the end of the year.”
Jackson was the top shooter for the Lady Bulldogs with a career high 21 points. Marriott tipped in 16 points, followed by Bely with 12.
Madison Mosher scored seven points, followed by Stark with six, Dittmer scoerd four points, Walker scored three, Kara Van Vleck chipped in two points and Whittle contributed one point.