(updated 12:20 a.m. Saturday) Elmwood beaten by Carey (3-1-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jack Carle Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 02 March 2013 00:10
Elmwood's Mica Robinson (left) handles the ball against Carey's Jared Wentling. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
FINDLAY — Elmwood could never really get anything going Friday night in its Division III sectional title game against Carey.
Carey made 27 free throws on the way to its 60-42 victory at Findlay High School.
“We got out-played, out-worked, out-executed; that pretty much sums up the game,” Elmwood head coach Ty Traxler said. PHOTO GALLERY
The Royals never led in the game, were in early foul trouble and had 17 turnovers to nine for the Blue Devils.
“When you have a team that has five kids that can handle the ball and defend the ball ... They were not a great matchup for us. We have struggled mightily all season against teams that can disrupt our ball-handlers,” Traxler said. “They have a bunch of athletic kids that frustrated us from the opening tip to the final buzzer and it showed.
“We did not have an answer for their speed.”
Carey led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter and 24-14 at the half. Elmwood had five players with two fouls in the first half and Carey made 9-of-14 free throws in the first 16 minutes.
The Royals were also hurt as leading scorers Zach Foster (16.2 ppg) and Aaron Arnold (11.7 ppg) were limited to a combined three points in the first half.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils were patient on offense and were able to control the tempo with their ball-handlers, led by 5-foot-10 senior Justin Meek.
Paced by Arnold and Mica Robinson, Elmwood came out strong to start the second half and cut Carey’s lead to 28-24 with 3:06 left in the third quarter.
“We executed a little bit, we got some stops on the defensive end,” Traxler said about Elmwood’s run.
However, the Royals could not sustain the momentum, making two straight turnovers, and the Blue Devils took a 34-26 lead into the final eight minutes.
Carey then pulled away in the fourth quarter due, in part, to a 14-of-16 effort from the free-throw line. Meek was 12-of-14 from the line in the fourth quarter and he finished 14-of-18 on foul shots, making 14 straight at one point.
“I don’t think there is any doubt the story of the game was how many free throws (they made),” Traxler said.
Carey was 27-of-34 from the line in the game, including 18-of-20 in the second half. The Royals were called for 27 fouls in the game.
Elmwood was 8-of-14 from the line and the Royals did not shoot a free throw in either the first or third quarters.
“We didn’t foul at the end. Usually that big a discrepancy in free throws is because you fouled at the end of a game,” Traxler said.
Elmwood made one more field goal, 17 to 16, than Carey,
“They out-scored us by 19 points at the free-throw line. You can’t win a game if you are out-scored by 19 points at the free-throw line,” Traxler said. “That’s nobody’s fault, but our own. We weren’t aggressive; we were scared of their pressure; we backed down a little bit.”
Carey, now 17-7, had three players score in double figures and was led Meek’s 20 points.
Robinson played well inside and led the Royals with 16 points. Arnold added 14 points, Chris Kerr scored seven points off the bench, all in the second quarter, and Foster finished with five points as only four Royals scored.
Elmwood finished its season 14-9.
“Most people didn’t expect squat out of us and we were able to get 14 wins and we lost to a 17-win team; it’s hard to hang your head too much,” Traxler said. “I just feel bad for our kids because of the time that we put in preparing for this game, we just didn’t execute. For whatever reason, we just didn’t (execute).
“I couldn’t be happier with our season, but tonight was frustrating,” he added.

Holsinger, 0-0—0; Powers, 1-2—4; Boes, 3-1-6—15; J. Wentling, 4-3—11; Meek, 3-14—20; Patton, 1-2—4; Blair, 2-0—4; Patrick, 0-0—0; Rymer, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 15-1-27—60.
Chapman, 0-0—0; Foster, 2-1—5; Arnold, 6-2—14; Hoiles, 0-0—0; Robinson, 6-4—16; Mobus, 0-0—0; Baxter, 0-0—0; Kerr, 3-1—7; Haines, 0-0—0; Robbins, 0-0—0; Walton, 0-0—0; Childress, 0-0—0; Aufdencamp, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 17-8—42.
CAREY    11    13    10    26    —60
ELMWOOD    6    8    12    16    —42

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 09:29

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