Thompson scores 12, but Bobcats fall to Arrows, 41-30


Bowling Green 5-foot-8 senior guard Lola Thompson put up a game-high 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals, but the Bobcats saw their season end after a 41-30 first round Division I tournament loss to lower seeded Toledo St. Ursula on the Bobcats’ court Wednesday.

Thompson, a second team All-Northern Lakes League Cardinal Division selection, could not overcome her team committing 19 turnovers and getting 18 less shots from the field than the Arrows.

The Bobcats finish the season 6-17, while St. Ursula moves on to face NLL Cardinal Division champion Fremont Ross (18-4) Friday for the right to advance to the district semifinals.

In the six-team Cardinal Division, the Bobcats finished 3-7 in the league, good enough for fourth place behind Ross, which was 10-0 in the league behind Player of the Year Destiny Robinson and Coach of the Year Juan Vela.

Napoleon (11-11, 7-3) and Springfield (8-14, 7-3) tied for second, Clay (5-17, 2-8) finished in fifth, and Sylvania Southview (1-21, 1-9) finished in the cellar.

The Bobcats will lose four seniors — Thompson, guards Macyn Dean-Scheele and Ashley Knowlton and post Allison Fry.

“I can’t say enough about the four seniors,” BG coach Jake Vanneman said. “They basically were our entire offense.

“It’s real easy when you don’t have a winning record to kind of shut down and look toward the future, and I never saw that from this group. They continued to scrap throughout.

“I’m incredibly proud of Lola and the effort that she has put in, just the energy that she brings to the team,” Vanneman continued.

“I can’t say enough about Allie (Fry) and how much growth she has, and Ashley has come such a long way from being a JV-varsity swing player to being in a starting role and that is a lot to ask.”

Vanneman says there was one goal the team met this year — matching last season in total wins.

“Our program goal is always to match and improve from the year before, and so we had six wins last year so I am proud of this group for getting to that mark,” Vanneman said.

“I would have loved to get to that next step but there is nothing we can do about our height and our size and our inexperience. Outside of those seniors, we had a lot of inexperience this year.”

The Bobcats started the year 2-1 with wins over Lima Senior (41-39) and Maumee (34-30), and Vanneman said the win over the Spartans will always be one of his favorite memories after Dean-Scheele became the hero.

“We had the Lima Senior win where we had to get a stop, got a stop, and Macyn, who is a senior and worked on all the things we had worked on, and she punches that dribble out and gets the layup as time expires — that was the second year in a row that she got us our first win with a buzzer beater,” Vanneman said.

In the tournament loss Wednesday, the Bobcats got just 27 field goal attempts, making nine (33%), and five of those were from behind the arc, including two each from Thompson and sophomore guard Neveah Wintermote.

But because the Bobcats committed 12 more turnovers than the Arrows, who had just seven, the Arrows had 45 shots, making 16 (36%).

St. Ursula, which applied a full court press the entire game, got just its third win of the season against 20 losses, but the Arrows had a rough going in their first year competing in the Detroit Catholic High School League.

“It’s been a tough schedule, especially with coming into a new league, but it’s always good to come out with a first win in the tournament,” said St. Ursula coach Alana Fidler. “It’s a good feeling.”

Six-foot senior guard Carlee Wiczynski led the Arrows with 11 points and junior guard Riley Reichert had 10 points, five rebounds, and two steals.

Six-foot-1 senior forward Grace Defoe had six points, six rebounds, and four steals, 6-1 sophomore forward Mackenzie Williams had four points and four rebounds, and 5-11 junior forward Lily Krebs scored four points.

The Arrows held a slim 25-23 advantage off the glass, even though St. Ursula had two starters standing six feet or taller and BG’s tallest player was 5-11 junior post Anne Konecny.

The Bobcats also had one player missing who had started a big portion of the season, leaving BG even more challenged.

“We were missing one tonight that filled a starting role while one of the seniors was out, and that hurt a little bit,” Vanneman said. “But I thought the girls who came in off the bench were looking to be a little more offensive tonight and that was nice to see.”

Fry and Wintermote scored six points apiece, Dean-Scheele scored four points and Konecny added two points.

BG never led the entire game but the Bobcats closed to within three early in the third quarter before the Arrows pulled away again, and BG hit three fourth quarter triples but it was too late.

“It was one of those things where we were finally realizing our potential,” Vanneman said. “It can’t be a zero-sum. We can’t score and then turn around give up and play chase the entire game.”

The Bobcats were 7-for-8 from the free throw line (88%) while the Arrows were 6-for-9 (67%).

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