|Updated Genoa holds off Rossford's girls, 57-52 (1-3-14)|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 03 January 2014 23:06|
GENOA — After trailing by 14 points in the first half, Rossford’s girls basketball team clawed its way back in the game, but came up short in the fourth quarter against Genoa, losing 57-52.
Friday night’s loss marked Rossford’s second loss in Northern Buckeye Conference play.
The Bulldogs are 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the league, falling two games behind NBC leader Elmwood (6-0).
Rossford trailed 30-16 in the second quarter, but battled back and took a brief 43-41 lead to begin the fourth quarter. But key rebounds by Genoa and offensive miscues by Rossford allowed the Comets to pull away with the win. Genoa is 9-3, 4-2.
“I’m proud of the girls for battling back after we put ourselves in one heck of a hole,” Rossford coach Eric Simon said.
Rossford’s Cheyenne Davis led all scorers with 19 points.Rebounding was a key factor in the game as Genoa dominated the boards, 46-23. The Comets also were effective on defensive mixing in a trap zone and a full-court press to neutralize Rossford.
“They were just a lot more physical than us and they did a better job rebounding all five players,” Simon said.
To begin the second half, down 30-21, Rossford pushed the tempo and tied the game at 41-41 to begin the fourth quarter.
Rossford took a brief lead to the fourth on a Davis turn-around jumper, but the lead was short-lived as Haley Pickard followed up at the other end with a bucket and a foul. Back-to-back buckets by Ciara Albright then expanded the lead to 48-43 with 5:50 remaining.
But Rossford still had some fight left. Margo Jackson (six points) hit her second 3-pointer of the night and Kirsten Keller knocked down a pair of free throws to even the score at 48-48 with 5:22 left.
Haley Gerke then hit a 3-pointer, which was followed by an Albright layup to give Genoa a 53-48 lead with 4:30 remaining. A Julie Hotz dribble-drive and layup, followed by a Davis jumper again narrowed the lead to make it 53-52 with 2:15 left to play.
Hotz had a chance to take back the lead after being fouled, but missed both free throws. Layups by Gerke and Albright and three Rossford turnovers in a row then put the game out of reach for Rossford.
Hotz, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, was held to nine points.
“She just had an off night. It’s that simple,” Simon said. She did everything we asked her to do and normally she is successful. But, tonight, she didn’t get the bounces.”
Genoa coach Mike DeStazio said neutralizing Hotz was something his team keyed in on.
“We wanted to shut the lane on her and force her to take some jumpers,” DeStazio said. “We wanted to keep her on the perimeter and we did a good job of that.”
Albright had 16 points for the Comets and Haley Pickard had 13.
Rossford won the junior varsity game 48-27. Hailey Beyer and Heather Schaller each had nine points.
ROSSFORD 52, GENOA 57
Hotz, 2-1-2—9; York, 1-2-0—8; Jackson, 0-2-0—6; Davis, 9-1—19; Keller, 2-4—8; Swope, 0-2—2; Pietrasz, 0-0—0; Clay, 0-0—0; Gozdowski, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 14-5-9—52.
Albright, 5-6—16; Jensen, 0-3-0—9; Pickard, 6-1—13; Skilliter, 2-1—5; Edwards, 1-0—2; Harder, 0-1—1; Gerke, 3-1-0—9; Gose, 1-0—2; TOTALS: 18-4-9—57.
ROSSFORD 7 14 20 11 —52
GENOA 15 15 11 16 —57
Junior varsity: Rossford, 48-27
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