EARLVILLE — The high-powered offense of the Indian Creek Timberwolves proved too much for the LaMoille/Ohio Lady Lions Wednesday as they fell 51-31 in the Earlville 1A girl regional championship game.
The first half was a half of streaks as the Timberwolves jumped out to a 9-0 lead at the 4:53 mark of the first.
LO senior guard-forward Shelia Browning got the Lady Lions going on a streak of their own as she drove hard to the baseline for a layup which started an 11-2 run over the next 6:10 of the first as they fought back to tie the game up at 11-11.
“That’s what they’ve done all year. They fought back but they never quit,” LaMoille-Ohio coach Richard Gross said.
An 8:20 Lady Lions’ scoring drought allowed the Timberwolves to go on a 17-0 scoring run that put Indian Creek up 28-11 on two free throws by sophomore guard Alexis VanWyhe at the 5:45 mark of the third quarter.
L-O had no answer for the creative plays by the Timberwolves that created a very diversified and balanced offense that led to multiple looks for different players.
Sophomore guards VanWyhe, Jacklyn Bouma and sophomore forward Josie Diehl led Indian Creek as all three players had double-digit scoring efforts all with 12 points.
“They’ve got some good ball players, strong good ball players and Sheila can’t do it all. Vanessa played a nice ball game, all of them played a nice ball game. We were just a little overmatched,” Gross said.
The Lady Lions cut the deficit to 14 points on a three by junior guard Erin Bennett making the score 34-30. L-O couldn’t continue the momentum and get enough offense going the rest of the night to make up for deficit.
“We finished the season, I think we were 10-15 now, and that’s probably one of the best records LaMoille has had in 10 or 15 years,” Gross said. “As short handed as we were I look at what could have, but it wasn’t so you deal with that and you go on so I’m proud of them and they way they played and hung together as a team.”
“We practiced hard everyday, and they worked hard and didn’t quit so I don’t think you could ask any more of them,” Gross said.
Notes: Two Lady Lions, Ohio freshmen Jasmine Kahly and Riley Johnson, advanced in the state three-point shooting contest and will be participating at the Granville Sectional finals on Thursday.
“I’m glad these two girls get to advance to three-point shootout. These are freshmen girls so that’s a big thrill for them,” Gross said.
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