(updated 10:45 p.m.) BGHS girls roll past Eastwood, 65-32, in sectional opener (2-18-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 21:40
BG's Livvy Dill (20) and Eastwood's Kara Ameling (14) dive for a loose ball. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
OLD FORT — Using full-court pressure, Bowling Green quickly turned defense into offense on the way to a 65-32 win over Eastwood in a girls Division II sectional game Tuesday. PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘We practiced a lot on it. We had a scout team that helped us a lot,’’ BG junior Livvy Dill said about the full-court pressure. ‘‘It was really important. It set the tone for the rest of the game. Everybody was ready to play.’’
The Bobcats forced 11 turnovers in the first quarter, sprinting out to a 26-6 lead.
‘‘We knew the one big thing that could hurt us, is if we gave them a chance to kind of keep the game short, and stay in the game, because anything can happen,’’ BG head coach Jeff Nichols said. "We keep preaching that if we got out to a good start, that will set the tone, and we did that.
‘‘We thought we could get after their ball-handlers in the front court,’’ he added. ‘‘We probably should have turned a few more into baskets, but it’s what we told the kids we wanted to do and it’s what they did.’’
The Eagles played without starting point-guard Mackenzie Albright, who was sidelined with the flu.
‘‘It hurt them that one of their better players didn’t get to play tonight, because of the flu,’’ Nichols said.
Eastwood head coach Lindsay Ross said the Eagles were expecting the pressure defense.
‘‘We didn’t handle it very well, and we dug ourselves a really deep hole in the first quarter,’’ Ross said. ‘‘It was kind of a struggle for us to get us out of that hole.’’
After Eastwood scored the opening basket, BG went on a 22-2 run to take control of the game.
The Bobcats worked inside off Eastwood’s turnovers as Tyanna Smith, Dill, and Hanna Williford each scored six points in the opening quarter.
The Bobcats were up 40-15 at the half, 57-23 after three quarters, and finished with 65 points.
‘‘I think we lost it (our focus) for a little bit, and then we got it back together,’’ Dill said.
Nichols played all 14 players who were dressed for the game, with 10 scoring.
‘‘The kids we moved up (from the junior varsity) have been working hard for us on the scout team. It’s really nice that they got in and got a few minutes ... It was good to see that everybody got a chance,’’ Nichols said.
BG’s starters finished with 46 points as Dill scored 14 points, Williford added 12 points, and Smith contributed 10 points.
Reagan Boice led Eastwood with nine points.
Bowling Green, 12-11 overall, faces Port Clinton Saturday at 6:15 p.m. in a sectional final.
‘‘One of the things we need as we go forward in the tournament is mental focus,’’ Nichols said. ‘‘No disrespect, but sometimes it’s hard to focus when you’re up 20 or 30 points.
‘‘A couple of things we wanted them to work on in the second half, a little bit better rebounding, a little bit more solid stay at home type defense; I did see an effort to try to do that,’’ Nichols said.
Eastwood finished 3-19.
‘‘It was difficult from the start,’’ Ross, a first-year head coach, said about the Eagles’ season. ‘‘We were asking them to do new things that they had never done before. We knew going into it, it was going to be a challenge.
‘‘I think the girls responded well,’’ Ross continued. ‘‘It’s been kind of a roller-coaster ride of a season, but I saw improvement with each player. We’re going to take that and move on to next year. They were young, and inexperienced at the varsity level, so now that they have that experience we can take it and run with it.
‘‘We’re going to do a lot in the off-season to prepare us for next season.’’

Ameling, 1-2—4; Boice, 3-1-0—9; Jennings, 2-0—4; Peters, 3-0—6; Hayward, 3-0—6; Klink, 0-0—0; Fix, 0-0—0; Skibicki, 0-0—0; Lambling, 0-0—0; Ketkalayarat, 0-1-0—3. TOTALS: 12-2-2—32.
Glandorff, 3-0—6; Smith, 5-0—10; Dill, 6-2—14; H. Williford, 6-0—12; Morman, 2-0—4; Szabo, 2-2—6; Bowers, 2-0—4; Powers, 0-0—0; Maas, 0-1-0—3; Hoffis, 1-2—4; Yarnell, 1-0—2; C. Williford, 0-0—0; A. Hart-Nichols, 0-0—0; Kale, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 28-1-6—65.
EASTWOOD    6    9    8    9    —32
BGHS    26    14    17    8    —65
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:27

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